How to magnify iPhone camera with Apple Watch: A step-by-step guide

With an Apple Watch connected to your iPhone, you can enjoy seamless device integration to manage your phone’s camera zoom and shutter. Compatible with all Apple Watch models, this feature is ideal for group photos and those with shaky hands.

The Camera app on your Apple Watch can be used to remotely control the camera and set a shutter timer. In addition, you have access to settings such as timer, flash, Live Photo, HDR and the ability to switch between front and rear cameras. The camera remote control and timer feature has been available since watchOS 5.

In this quick guide, we’ll show you how to use the Camera app on the new Apple Watch SE to manage the iPhone 14 Pro Max’s camera zoom, take photos, and browse the images right on your WatchOS 9 smartwatch.

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How to use the camera remote and timer on Apple Watch

To control the iPhone camera zoom with the Apple Watch, use the watch’s digital crown, while tapping or swiping the screen handles other functions like taking pictures and browsing recent shots. Follow our step-by-step guide for effortless navigation through this tutorial:

Ensure connectivity: First, make sure your iPhone and Apple Watch are connected via Bluetooth. To verify, go to the Settings app on your iPhone, tap Bluetooth, and confirm your Apple Watch is listed as connected. Launch camera app on iPhone: Open the camera app on your iPhone and position it to capture the shot you want. Access the camera remote on Apple Watch: On your Apple Watch, press the Digital Crown to open the app screen. Find the camera remote control app that resembles a camera icon and tap on it. iPhone camera view preview: The Camera Remote app on your Apple Watch now shows a live preview of what your iPhone camera is seeing. This allows you to frame the shot without touching your iPhone. Zoom in/out: On the Apple Watch screen, use the Digital Crown to zoom in or out. Turn the crown clockwise to increase and counterclockwise to decrease. You’ll see the zoom level adjust in real time on both your Apple Watch and iPhone. Take the shot: Once you’ve reached the zoom level you want and framed your shot, tap the shutter button on your Apple Watch to take the photo. The picture will be saved in your iPhone’s Photos app.

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Now we will guide you through checking your recordings on your Apple Watch with different actions:

View photo: To view a photo, tap the thumbnail in the lower-left corner. View other photos: To browse your other photos, just swipe left or right. Zoom: Turn the Digital Crown to zoom in or out. Pan: To pan across a zoomed photo, simply drag your finger across the image. Fill screen: To make a photo fill the entire screen, double-tap it. Show or hide the close button and number of shots: Tap the screen to show or hide the close button and number of shots taken. Close: When you’re done reviewing your recordings, tap the close button to exit.

By following these simple steps, you can use your Apple Watch to effortlessly zoom in and out to control your iPhone camera, as well as quickly review and navigate through your recordings. Enhance your photo experience with this convenient, hands-free method.