How to Take iPhone XS-style Adjustable Depth of Field Photos on Older iPhones

Focos adjustable depth of field camera app on iPhone

One of the cool new features for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max is the ability to adjust the depth of field in photos after you’ve already snapped the picture. You can do that with older iPhones, too, with a quick trip to the App Store.

To snap photos with adjustable depth of field on an iPhone X and earlier, start by downloading Focos from Apple’s App Store. It’s free, but does have extra features you can pay for with an in-app purchase. Here’s how it works:

  • Start by snapping a photo with the Focos app
  • Now use the slider to adjust the depth of field. Slide to the left to bring the background into focus, and to the right to focus on the foreground.
  • Tap Save when you’re done to add the pic to your Photos library.
Focos adjustable depth of field camera app on iPhone
Snap a pic (left), then slide left to add background focus (center), or right for foreground focus (right)

You can also use Focos with Portrait Mode photos you snap with Apple’s Camera app.

Since Focos is a free app, it’s a pretty affordable way to add a cool iPhone XS feature to your older iPhone.

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Lee Dronick

After I downloaded it I discovered that it requires a dual camera iPhone. I was able to play with the sample photo and I was impressed!

Lee Dronick

Kind of moot now this afternoon I got an a new iPhone XS. I had planned on waiting until later in the year, but I am traveling this month and wanted a longer lasting phone battery.

I love the phone, I hate the process of pairing my watch with it and not losing my workout data, awards, and history which is what happened.