How to turn off macro mode on iPhone

macro mode on iPhone

Why does the iPhone Camera app switch to Auto Macro mode?

It’s great that Apple has introduced a Macro mode camera to the iPhone 13! Too bad that the Camera automatically switches to it every time you get very close to an object. If all of this bothers you and you would like to be the one to activate (or deactivate) Macro mode yourself when you need it, keep reading this guide. In the following paragraphs, we will reveal how to enable and disable this mode on the iPhone.

The macro mode introduced by Apple with iOS 15 was designed to enhance the camera’s macro photography capabilities on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max models. This means that whenever you are getting very close to a subject or object you want to photograph, the iPhone’s Camera app will immediately switch to macro mode to allow you to take a better photo by capturing as much detail as possible. 

Specifically, the Camera app activates this mode by switching from a normal wide-angle lens to an ultra-wide-angle lens. This generally happens when your iPhone is about 14cm from the subject you want to photograph.

How to enable macro-control on iPhone

enable macro-control on iPhone

Before explaining how to enable macro-control, it is necessary to make a clarification: to be able to do this, your iPhone must be running iOS 15.2 or later. That said, let’s find out how to achieve our goal!

First, launch the “Settings” app, then select “Camera” and activate the “Macro Control” option found at the bottom of the menu. At this point, close the Settings app and access the Camera to give it a try.

Bring your iPhone close to an object and you will notice that the camera will be ready to switch to Macro mode. But now there is a difference: You will also notice the new icon with a flower image appear in the image preview. If the button is yellow, it means that Macro mode is activated. Click on the button to disable it and to return to another type of goal.

That’s it – you’ve finally turned off macro mode. Now you can take your photos in total freedom!