Control iPhone camera with Camera Remote app on Apple Watch

May 28, 2021

Just like any professional photographer, you can double your Apple Watch as a viewfinder to focus on the picture you want to capture through iPhone’s rear or front camera. It’s a great hack that will let you position your iPhone for a photo and then capture it from a distance. Read along to find how to use the Camera Remote app on Apple Watch.

Camera Remote App

How to control iPhone camera with Camera Remote app

Camera Remote app on Apple Watch offers one of the more helpful functions (Viewfinder) that may not be readily apparent to new users. In addition, it could also be used as a vlogging tool. Here’s how to replicate the goodness of camera onto your digital timepiece.

  1. On your Apple Watch, go to the Camera Remote app.
  2. Position your iPhone to frame the shot using your Apple Watch as a viewfinder.
  3. To zoom, turn the Digital Crown.
  4. To control exposure, tap the area.
  5. Tap the Shutter button to take your shot.

Let’s cover the above steps in a bit more detail and get an awesome shot with Apple Watch Viewfinder.

How to use Apple Watch as Camera remote?

Camera Remote app
Camera Remote App

Unlock your Watch and select the Camera Remote app.

Now, if you have your iPhone already paired to your watch, position it to get the desired region under a single frame.

If you would like to enlarge the frame, simply turn the Digital Crown.

Photo Options
Photo Options

Next, to control the exposure, tap the area inside the frame. Also, if you would like to adjust other settings like enabling/disabling flash, turning ON or OFF HDR for offering brighter highlights and a wider range of color details, tap the circle with 3 dots.

Settings Adjustments
Settings Adjustments

select the desired options as shown in the image above.

Count-down Timer
Count-down Timer

Now, see a preview and set a timer or just snap away by tapping the Capture button. Alternatively, you can ask Apple's digital voice assistant Siri: Hey Siri, "Take a picture.” Once done, the photo will be saved under the Photos app on your iPhone. However, you can review it on your Apple Watch. Use the following actions to review your shots on your smartwatch.

  • Tap the thumbnail in the bottom left to view the photo.
  • Double-tap the photo to fill the screen.
  • Tap the screen to display or hide the close button and the shot count.
  • Swipe to left or right to view other photos.

When done, tap Close to close the app.

Apple Watch couldn’t reach your iPhone

Apple Watch couldn't reach iPhone
Apple Watch couldn't reach iPhone

When you see this message, make sure your Apple Watch and paired iPhone are close together and under Bluetooth connection range. Also, see to it that Airplane Mode is off and that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are on.

Hope it makes sense!


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