How to take a Photo or Video using Siri

Taking a photo or filming a video with your iPhone is easy enough as it is. Just fire up the camera app and go for it. But many users don’t now Siri can also be used as a virtual assistant in this area too.

In this article, we trigger Siri using the “Hey Siri” voice command. Did you know there are other methods available, depending on your device? You can read about them all in our how to use Siri guide.

At this point, Siri can ask the Camera app to do almost everything for you except the final act of taking the photo or video. Your finger is still needed at that point – which is a shame, as being able to command Siri to take shots when the iPhone is set up on a tripod a distance away would be very useful.

It’s now possible to take a photo using the “Hey Siri” voice command. You’ll need to set up a simple Siri Shortcut, though, for which we’ve helpfully written a step-by-step guide.

How to take a photo with Siri

Siri will let you open the Camera app with the three available photo options.

Press and hold the side button on your iPhone to activate Siri or simply say “Hey Siri” if you’ve already enabled this feature. Then say:

Hey Siri, take a photo

Hey Siri, take a square photo

Hey Siri, take a panoramic shot

Hey Siri, take a portrait photo

The Camera app will launch with the setting you requested, and you can press the capture button to take the photo.

Take a Photo

How to take a selfie with Siri

Hey Siri, take a selfie

Hey Siri, take selfie

The Camera app will launch with your preferred setting. Press the capture button to take the photo.

How to take video with Siri

You can ask Siri to open the Camera app to one of the three available video options.

Press and hold the Home/Side button on your iPhone to activate Siri or simply say “Hey Siri” if you’ve already set up this feature. Then say:

Hey Siri, take a video

Hey Siri, take a slow motion video

Hey Siri, take a time-lapse video

The Camera app will open to the setting you asked for, and you can start to record a video.

What you can’t do (yet)

There are a few other things that Siri isn’t yet able to do in the Camera app.

  • Trigger the flash.
  • Enable Live Photos.
  • Set a timer.
  • Turn on HDR photos.
  • Turn on Live Filters.
  • Lock AutoFocus.
  • Zoom.
  • Turn the viewfinder grid on or off.
  • Change video quality.

Once you’ve taken a photo, you can use Siri to search your library without the need to tap, scroll, and swipe around until you discover the image you’re looking for.

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