How to Zoom in the iPhone Camera Using Apple Watch: A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Zoom in iPhone Camera Using Apple Watch
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With an Apple Watch connected to your iPhone, you can enjoy seamless device integration to manage your phone's camera zoom and shutter. This feature, compatible with all Apple Watch models, is ideal for group photos and those with unsteady hands.

The camera app on your Apple Watch can be used for remote camera control and to set a shutter timer. Additionally, you also have access to settings like Timer, Flash, Live Photo, HDR, and the ability to switch between front and rear cameras. The Camera Remote and timer feature has been available since watchOS 5.

In this concise guide, we'll demonstrate how to utilize the camera app on the new Apple Watch SE to manage the iPhone 14 Pro Max camera zoom, capture photos, and browse through the images directly on your smartwatch running WatchOS 9.

How to use Camera Remote and timer on Apple Watch

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

  1. Ensure Connectivity: First, make sure your iPhone and Apple Watch are connected via Bluetooth. To check, go to the Settings app on your iPhone, tap Bluetooth, and confirm your Apple Watch is listed as connected.
  2. Launch Camera App on iPhone: Open the Camera app on your iPhone and position it to capture the desired shot.
  3. Access Camera Remote on Apple Watch: On your Apple Watch, press the Digital Crown to open the app screen. Locate and tap the Camera Remote app, which resembles a camera icon.
  4. Preview iPhone Camera View: The Camera Remote app on your Apple Watch will now display a live preview of what your iPhone camera sees. This enables you to frame the shot without touching your iPhone.
  5. Zoom In/Out: On the Apple Watch screen, use the Digital Crown to zoom in or out. Rotate the crown clockwise to zoom in, and counterclockwise to zoom out. You'll see the zoom level adjust in real-time on both your Apple Watch and iPhone.
  6. Capture the Shot: Once you've achieved the desired zoom level and framed your shot, tap the shutter button on your Apple Watch to capture the photo. The image will be saved in your iPhone's Photos app.

Now, we'll guide you through reviewing your shots on your Apple Watch using various actions:

  1. View a photo: To view a photo, tap the thumbnail located in the bottom-left corner.
  2. See other photos: To browse through your other photos, simply swipe left or right.
  3. Zoom: To zoom in or out, turn the Digital Crown.
  4. Pan: If you'd like to pan across a zoomed photo, just drag your finger on the image.
  5. Fill the screen: To make a photo fill the entire screen, double-tap on it.
  6. Show or hide the Close button and shot count: Tap the screen to either display or hide the Close button and the number of shots taken.
  7. Close: Once you're done reviewing your shots, tap the Close button to exit.

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

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Camila Rinaldi

Camila Rinaldi
Head of Editorial

With over 10 years of reviewing smartphones and wearables, I recently became addicted to smart home gadgets. Even though I dove into the Apple ecosystem two years back, Android remains as one of my passions. Previously editor-in-chief of AndroidPIT and Canaltech in Brazil, I now write for the US market. I love my records and I believe that the best way to get to know a place is through its food. I’m (still) on Twitter (@apequenarinaldi)!

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