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QuickTake is time-saving iPhone photography feature that enables you to record video without having to manually switch out of your current mode in Apple’s stock Camera app beforehand.

A brief introduction to QuickTake

On supported iPhones, you’re able to capture video while in Photos mode by using the QuickTake feature. This can help you avoid missing a great photo op because you were swiping in the Camera app like an animal, trying to switch between the available shooting modes.

Simply hold the Shutter button in Camera to start shooting a QuickTake video.

iPhone camera QuickTake - Camera app splash screen

Slide the Shutter button to the left and hold it to take a burst of photographs. Similarly, slide the Shutter button to the right if you’d like to lock recording. And with video recording locked, just hit that white Shutter button that appears to take a still photo during your QuickTake session.

iPhone camera QuickTake - slide to the right to lock recording

Lock recording by sliding to the right

QuickTakes are limited to 1080p at 30fps, mono sound and no audio zoom. To shoot in higher resolutions with stereo sound and audio zoom, switch to Video mode.

System requirements for QuickTake

QuickTake in iOS 13

If you’re on iOS 13 or earlier, QuickTake supports the following iPhone models:

  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)

QuickTake in iOS 14

Support for QuickTake on older iPhones requires the iOS 14 software or later:

  • Phone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XR

With the iOS 14 software or newer, it’s possible to assign QuickTake to the volume down button of your iPhone. For a more detailed explanation for how to record QuickTake video and adjust the feature’s settings to your liking, be sure to read our tutorial.

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