How to Set a Timer on iPhone Camera

Charlotte Daniels

iPhone, Tutorials

Setting a Timer on iPhone Camera

Do you often find yourself struggling to get the perfect shot when taking selfies or group photos with your iPhone? Well, worry no more!

The iPhone camera app comes with a handy timer feature that allows you to set a countdown before capturing your photos. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to set a timer on the iPhone camera.

Step 1: Open the Camera App

To begin, unlock your iPhone and locate the camera app on your home screen. Tap on it to open the camera.

Step 2: Choose Photo Mode

Once the camera app is open, make sure you are in ‘Photo’ mode. You can switch between different modes by swiping left or right on the screen until ‘Photo’ is selected.

Step 3: Access Timer Settings

Now, look for the timer icon located at the top of your screen. It looks like a clock with a circular arrow around it. Tap on this icon to access the timer settings.

Step 4: Select Timer Duration

A menu will appear with different options for setting the timer duration. You can choose between 3 seconds or 10 seconds. Select your desired duration by tapping on it.


  • The 3-second option: This is useful when taking selfies or quick shots where you don’t need much time to prepare.
  • The 10-second option: This gives you more time to compose yourself and adjust any props or settings before taking the shot.

Step 5: Position Your iPhone

After selecting the timer duration, position your iPhone securely using a tripod or any stable surface. Make sure the camera is pointing in the right direction and at the desired angle.

Step 6: Start the Timer

Once your iPhone is in position, tap on the capture button as you normally would. The timer will start counting down based on the duration you selected. You will see a visual countdown on the screen, indicating when the photo will be taken.


If you change your mind and want to cancel the timer, simply tap on the timer icon again and select ‘Off’.

Step 7: Strike a Pose!

With the timer activated, strike your pose or get ready with your friends for that perfect group shot. Remember to keep steady and look into the camera lens.

Step 8: Review Your Photo

After the timer expires, your iPhone camera will automatically capture a photo. You can review it by tapping on the thumbnail icon located at the bottom left corner of your screen.


If you’re not satisfied with the photo, you can always retake it by following steps 6 and 7 again.

Congratulations! You have successfully set a timer on your iPhone camera.

This feature is incredibly useful for capturing self-portraits or group photos without having to rush. Now go ahead and enjoy capturing those memorable moments with ease!

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