Sometimes we have to be sharp to capture an important moment, but by the time you unlock your phone, open the camera app and steady your hands — the moment could be gone.

Thankfully, iOS 10 has some very useful features that enable you to open the camera app quicker and faster than ever before. Here are four of the fastest ways to open your iPhone camera.

Slide left from the lock screen

Sliding left from your iPhone’s lock screen is a new feature introduced in iOS 10. With this method, you literally have to lift your phone, and if your device has the ‘raise to wake’ feature enabled, just swipe left to open the camera app. It’s hands-down the fastest (and easiest) way to go.

Note: To enable/disable ‘raise to wake’, head to your Settings, then Display & Brightness.

3D Touch on the camera app

Let’s say you’re casually on your iPhone home screen and quickly realise you need the camera. With the latest iPhones — from the iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus to the newer 7 models — you can hard-press down on the camera icon to bring up a number of shortcuts. So whether you want a quick selfie or a slo-mo video, Apple’s 3D Touch gives you the means to jump right into it.

Control Center

Most of us are well acquainted with the iPhone’s Control Center. Swipe up from the bottom of your display and you’re presented with an array of buttons and sliders for things like brightness, volume, WiFi and Bluetooth. You also have the camera shortcut there, so if your iPhone has hundreds of apps installed and finding the app icon is too troublesome, just swipe up and tap on the camera icon in Control Center.

Placing the camera app in your dock

Personally, I don’t feel the need to have the camera app in my dock. But if you have a ton of apps and always want the camera a quick tap away, placing it in your iPhone’s dock could be the best way to go.

So there you have it; four of the fastest ways to open up your camera app and capture those memories. Which one do you use the most? Let me know in the comments!


Fabio Virgi

I'm the Founder & Editor of Let's Talk Tech and a travel blog called Fab Meets World. Some people call me a geek, I think they're probably right. I'm fascinated by technology and innovation, love good design and own way too many gadgets for my own good. Want to connect? Get in touch on Twitter and Instagram.