How to take a picture while recording video on your iPhone

Written by Tech84 on February 5, 2013

Note: This only works on on the iPhone 5 and 5th generation iPod Touch.

When you are recording a video and you want to grab a snap picture of what you are recording but you don’t want to pause or stop recording, don’t fret because T4I has the solution for that.

How to take a picture while recording video on your iPhoneImage courtesy of Gizmodo


Sadly, this does work not on my iPhone 4s. And also on iPads, and most probably older generation iPhones, iPods and iPads. So why post a how to about this? Because the iPhone 5 and 5th generation iPod Touch can. So it’s good to know that this function is native to these iOS devices (because there’s probably an App for that already).

Anyway, so here’s how to snap a picture while recording video on your iPhone

1. While recording video, simply tap the small camera icon on the lower left of the screen and it will automatically grab a picture of what you are recording without having to pause or stop your video recording.

And that’s it! It’s that simple. Really.

Why they did not make this feature available for all iOS devices eludes me, but who knows, on the next iOS update, they could make this available for everyone.




3 Responses to “How to take a picture while recording video on your iPhone”

  1. Mi$ty says:

    The resolution of the picture would be that of the video, and not with the full 8mb like in normal picture taking with the iPhone 5. But still has great quality.

  2. Ted says:

    One of the mysteries behind the new Apple, they made something that could be very useful limited to the iPhone 5

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