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How to use your iPhone’s Burst mode for better action shots

 

Your iPhone is a pretty capable little camera, and, chances are, you always have it with you, handy to capture all of life’s memorable moments. One feature the iPhone’s camera offers makes it superb at grabbing great action shots — this is called Burst mode. You can use Burst mode on your iPhone’s camera when capturing a moving subject to create a series of rapid-fire images. Here’s a closer look at this fabulous functionality.

What is the iPhone’s Burst mode, and how does it work? 

Designed for use when photographing a moving subject, the iPhone’s Burst mode takes a series of high-speed photos so you have a range of photos to choose from. Burst mode works with both the rear- and front-facing cameras.

Burst mode captures an impressive 10 photos per second. This nifty functionality means you are more likely to capture the perfect moment of action.

How can I take Burst mode photos on my iPhone? 

Burst mode is simple to activate on all iPhones, but how you do so depends on what model you have. On iPhone X and earlier, you simply touch and hold the shutter button.

On iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and later, you need to swipe the shutter button to the left.

arrow pointing to the shutter button you need to swipe left to activate Burst mode

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The counter on the shutter button shows you how many rapid-fire photos you are capturing.

On any iPhone, just lift your finger off the screen to stop.

On iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and later, you can use your volume up button to capture Burst mode images.

arrow pointing to volume up button, which you can use to capture Burst mode images

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To set this up, go to your iPhone’s Settings menu, then tap on Camera, then toggle on “Use Volume Up for Burst.”

How can I view my Burst mode photos?

When you view a series of Burst mode photos in your iPhone’s Camera Roll, you’ll see a Burst mode icon to the top left along with the amount of photos you captured.

Arrow pointing to where you can see how many images you've captured in Burst mode

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To view the individual images, go to your iPhone Camera Roll’s albums screen and scroll down to see “Bursts.”

arrow pointing to view Bursts in camera roll

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Tap on the “Bursts” option to view your Burst mode captures.

How can I save individual images from my Burst mode capture?

When you tap on a Burst mode capture, you’ll see the option to “Select” at the bottom of the screen.

icon for selecting individual photos in Burst mode

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Tap “Select” to get the ability to scroll through all the photos you’ve taken. Tap the circle in the lower-right corner of each photo you want to save as an individual photo, then tap Done. The images you select will be saved as individual photos in your main Camera Roll.

arrow to save individual shots on camera roll

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To delete the entire Burst, tap the thumbnail, then tap the Delete button.

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