Quickly Launch the Camera App to Capture the Kodak Moment

The secret to capturing great Kodak moments with your iPhone is knowing the quickest way to access the Camera.  Many people do not know that there are some very quick methods that you can use to capture that surprise moment.  Here is a review.




Five Ways to Launch the Camera App

The standard camera app is the primary tool that people use to take pictures with the iphone. Often, you need to be able to launch the app quickly in order to capture a moment. Here are five ways to launch the camera app.

1. The camera icon

The most conventional and primary method to take a picture is to launch the Camera app with its icon on the home screen.  It’s how most people learn how to take a picture.  But know that there are faster ways to capture the moment.

The Camera Icon


2. Swipe Left on the Lock Screen.

The iPhone does not have to be unlocked to take a picture. This is great  for grabbing that quick shot.

Older versions of IOS provided a camera icon on the lower right of the lock screen. Swipe up from that icon to launch the camera.

Swipe left on the lock screen to launch the camera app


3. Control Center.

You can access the camera quickly without closing your current app with the Control Center or searching for the Camera icon. Pull the Control Center up from the bottom of the screen.  This works great if you are immersed in an app, maybe reading a book or writing an email, and you need to launch the Camera app without closing the app, navigating multiple home screens and launching the app from the Camera icon.

Tip: Put your finger next to the home button and pull up. See  Recipe #103 Using the Control Center for Quick Access to Essential Functions

Access the Camera from the Control Center


4. Use Siri.

Here are three phrases that work after you summon Siri:

“Take a picture.”

“Take a video.”

“Take a Selfie.”

Note.  The Siri approach is NOT as fast as some other methods but

5. From an App.

Many iPhone apps will allow you to launch the camera app from inside the application. Examples are Messages, Notes, Facebook and Evernote. Look for the camera icon in the app.

Look for the Camera icon in your favorite apps


Use these nugget tips to capture those Kodak moments.  All it takes is a little practice.



No Setup necessary


Requires IOS: 11+

Works on iPhone and iPad