iOS 5.1: Using the New Lock Screen Camera

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When Apple introduced iOS 5, one of the many new features the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch software update included was the ability to snap photos from the lock screen, no need for pass codes. With the release of iOS 5.1, the way you access the camera changed — but only slightly.

iOS 5.1's new lock screen Camera buttoniOS 5.1’s new lock screen Camera button

Previously, taking photos from the lock screen involved double-tapping the Home button, then tapping the camera button next to the unlock slider. After installing iOS 5.1, the process is still pretty much the same: either tap or double-tap the Home button, but instead of tapping the camera button, slide the button up towards the top of the screen.

Slide up instead of tapping to use CameraSlide up instead of tapping to use Camera

A little flick won’t get you to the camera. Instead, you’ll need to slide the camera icon about three quarters up the screen before you’re greeted with the familiar Camera view finder.

Once Camera is active, taking photos works just as it did before. You can tap to set the focus, pinch to zoom, and use the volume buttons or on-screen shutter button to snap photos.

Apple released iOS 5.1 on Wednesday. It’s available as a free update through iTunes or iOS 5’s over-the-air update option.

Comments

Tom Schmidt

You can also slide the camera down from the top to go back to the lock screen, and the home button no longer needs to be double tapped.

Lee Dronick

You can also slide the camera down from the top to go back to the lock screen, and the home button no longer needs to be double tapped.

Thanks Tom, good tip.

Tom T

I have a corp iphone and it requires me to have a PW on the phone.  When I click the camera from the homescreen now it doesn’t work.  It appears the screen trys to lift up but then it bounces back down.  No luck double clicking the button as I used to before…  Any help??

blaguire

You have to slide the photo icon up. You can’t click or touch it. I don’t really like that part but if you shove it up it works.

Mike

@Tom - just what they were saying above, you don’t “click” the camera icon from the home screen, you slide it upwards. Simply tapping it will indeed make it jump up a little and fall back down.

Also, you don’t need to double click anything now, that’s the point of the update, the camera icon is always on the unlock screen, no matter how you wake it up. And you can open the camera with just a small flick, or at least it works for me.

Tom T

Just uploaded this.. You can see what is happening.  The first time I single click the home button and the lock screen comes up and I click the camera button, the second time I click it twice (you can see the radio controls which work) and try again…  http://s7.photobucket.com/albums/y265/CosmoD/?action=view&current=IMG_0443.mp4

Tom T

Oh MY, talk about user error!!

Dale T

Unless I’m missing something, once you bring the camera up this way, the phone is unlocked. Hit the home button and your at the regular home screen. Is there a way to disable this camera function? If not, there is no reason to set a lock code for the phone.

Dale T

Disregard previous comment. I spoke too soon. I wasn’t waiting long enough for the phone to lock prior to accessing the camera from the lock screen.

Fastflyer

Disregard previous comment.

Disregarding. wink)

Someone

Is there a way to remove the camera icon on os 5.1? I dislike having a button there and cutting the screen lock shorter.

rs

now that i have updated the the camera in the lock screen works fine but if i want to get at my camera the old way its just a black screen ???

rs

now that i have updated the the camera in the lock screen works fine but if i want to get at my camera the old way its just a black screen ???

 

never-mind its working perfectly now !

Jayvee F.

The new unlock feature is severely crippling to scuba divers who have invested in a Patima underwater housing. The new unlock feature renders the 400 USD case useless because it relied on the camera shortcut button to snap photos underwater. You can’t slide the screen when it is inside the housing.

Lee Dronick

The new unlock feature is severely crippling to scuba divers who have invested in a Patima underwater housing.

How many users bought that case?

Corey D

I bought a TaT7 iphone scuba case last week and going diving with it in a few days.  I wish I would have known about this feature.  Now when the phone is in the case I cannot turn on the camera.  Is there a work around?  The only option I see is turning off auto-lock, but the battery would drain quickly.

Joesph B

Hi, I got my TAT7 iPhone case few days ago as well and went out diving. Got some pretty cool shots!! After many tries did I realize that you’ve got to keep pretty still underwater to get clear shots.

Then it works awesome. Also, got quite a bit of attention from the others on the boat back on how I managed to bring the iPhone down. Yeah, gotta put it on the charger to ensure full battery down there.

Giles

Thank you so much for explaining this, as with many of the iPhone’s features, they think they are intuitive, but unless you know how, they’re not at all!

When I first got my iphone, I had no idea that the button on the front was a button at all! I was bashing the screen and turning on the power button and wondering why it wasn’t responding.

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