Know how you can set the Default Camera Mode on iPhone and iPad in iOS 10.2

iOS 10.2 has just been released with a handful of new cool features, notably the Preserve Camera Settings feature. This feature allows you to set the default camera mode, which means that Camera app would open in the same mode you used last time. For example, if you used Panorama last, opening Camera would default to opening Panorama mode, rather than automatically reset to the previous default setting.

In this guide, we will be presenting to you how to set the Default Camera Mode on iPhone/iPad in iOS 10.2 using the Preserve Settings feature.

Before getting started, make sure that your iPhone/iPad is running on the iOS 10.2 or later. If you have yet to update your device, just do that so you can use the Preserve Settings feature.

Step 1: Launch the Settings app on your iPhone, and then navigate to Photos & Camera.

Step 2: Tap on Preserve Settings which is below Camera section. You are presented with 3 options, including Camera Mode, Photo Filter, and Live Photo:

Flip the switch for Camera Mode to the ON position if you want to preserves the last mode, like Video or Square instead of the default Photo option.

Flip the switch for Photo Filter to the ON position if you want to preserve the last used filter, like Chrome, instead of resetting to None.

Flip the switch for Live Photo to the ON position if you want to preserve the Live Photo setting. It’s enabled by default.

That’s it. You are all done. This tip does come in handy for those who use their iPhone camera predominately in one camera mode over another.

It’s good to know that, the default camera mode feature setting doesn’t affect HDR. Previously, iOS user could preserve the HDR setting, but the feature was ditched. If you would like to use HDR Photo mode frequently, you are better off toggling that setting repeatedly.


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