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How to Turn Off Macro Mode and Automatic Switching on iPhone

How to Turn Off Macro Mode and Automatic Switching on iPhone

A Macro mode was introduced with the Apple iPhone 13 lineup, but the Camera app usually switches to Macro mode whenever you approach your subject. The following tutorial will show you how to enable Macro Control and disable automatic Macro mode on iPhone.

Apple has added a new feature to the Settings app for iPhones with cameras that support Macro mode with iOS 15.2 released on 12/13/21. You can toggle Macro mode on and off manually in the Camera app when enabled (as detailed below).

How to Turn Off Macro Mode and Automatic Switching on iPhone
How to Turn Off Macro Mode and Automatic Switching on iPhone

Why Does the iPhone Camera App Switch to Auto Macro Mode?

As of iOS 15, Apple has introduced its Auto Macro mode, which enhances the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max camera (and will likely continue to do so). The iPhone’s Camera app jitters when you get close to your subject when you’re going to take a close-up.

The Camera app aims to help you capture more details by switching from a wide lens to an ultra-wide lens when you activate the Auto Macro mode. Your iPhone typically displays this type of image when it is about 14 cm (5.5 inches) away from a subject. The camera can be prevented from automatically switching to macro mode, however.

How to Enable Macro Control on iPhone

You must have iOS 15.2 or later installed on your iPhone to enable the Macro Control feature and toggle Macro mode on or off. Our iPhone update guide can help you if you have not updated your iPhone yet.

Start by launching the “Settings” app on your iPhone. Use Apple’s built-in Spotlight search feature if you cannot locate the app on your device’s home screen.

Go to the bottom of the page and select “Camera.”

Finally, click on the “Macro Control” button at the bottom of the menu.

You can now test it by opening the Camera app on your iPhone instead of the Settings app. The camera on your iPhone will switch to macro mode when you are close to the subject. Upon doing so, a new icon will appear in the preview with the image of a flower. Macro mode is activated when the button turns yellow.

To switch back to your previous lens, tap the Macro mode button to disable the mode and switch to your iPhone’s camera.

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