How to Turn On the iPhone Camera's HDR

Michael Michael (175)
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Ever notice that little HDR feature that appears for certain photographs on your iPhone? It's called High Dynamic Range. For the longest time, I didn't know what it was, just like with a "live" photo when I had to convert the live photo to a still photo. Check out our guide on HDR and when to use it. On most iPhones, the HDR feature is set to work automatically, with the iPhone itself determining when a shot needs the feature to be used.

You can, however, control the HDR on your iPhone manually. Here's how.

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iPhone Settings Magnified

Open the settings application in your iPhone.

Arrow pointing to iPhone Camera Settings

Scroll down and select camera settings.

Auto HDR selection

Deselect the Auto HDR feature.

HDR in Camera

Select HDR at the top of your iPhone camera screen.

HDR On Off Selection

Select "On" or "Off" to override the Auto HDR feature.

For more information on when it's appropriate to use HDR when taking photos, please see our guide on the iPhone's HDR feature.

Arrow to HDR

If the HDR is functioning, you will see a small yellow box labeled "HDR." You're now ready to start taking some beautiful High Dynamic Range shots with your iPhone.

For when you accidentally turned on the "live" feature.
Michael Michael (175)

Live photos are great! And sometimes a "live" photo is exactly what we want when we're taking a photo.