How to turn off Macro mode on iPhone Pro

How to turn off Macro mode on iPhone Pro

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from Apple iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max have impressive camera setups that are incredibly fun to use. Cinematic video mode with dynamic focus shifting is enough to make you feel like a creative pro.

In addition to the impressive video mode, Apple also added the ability to take Macro photos – that is, close-up shots of objects – starting with the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max; it’s a feature that’s been carried over to the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max.

Also: How to take great macro photos with iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max

iPhone models that can take macro photos have this feature enabled by default. This means that when you open the camera app and start framing a photo, the phone will automatically recognize that you’re approaching an item and switch to Macro mode without you having to do anything. It’s a nice feature, but it can be annoying and not always what you want or how you want to take the photo.

Apple finally added a button (starting in iOS 15.1) that can enable or disable Macro mode directly in the Camera app on demand.

How to turn on the macro control button

Before find new settings, make sure you have iOS 15.1 (or later) installed. You can do this by opening Settings app and go to General > Software update.

software update screenshot

Make sure your software is up to date. Go to settings, then General and click on the “software update” option.

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After updating your iPhone (if necessary), you need to turn it on Macro control by switching to Settings > Camera and scrolling to the bottom of the page. Slide the switch next to it Macro Management to On position.


Turn off auto macro so the camera doesn’t jump all over the place when you try to take a photo.

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How to take a macro photo with the new Macro Control button

Now that your iPhone’s camera will no longer automatically detect and switch lenses to take a macro photo, how do you take one on purpose? I’m glad you asked.

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Open the camera app, make sure it’s in photo mode, and focus the shot as usual. You will see a new macro button (it looks like a flower) in the viewfinder. When the button is yellow, Macro mode is on and available. When it’s not yellow, you’re taking photos normally.

Macro control on iPhone 14 Pro Max

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What can you expect from macro photography results?

Macro shots allow you to capture objects at a distance of two centimeters. Still macro photos with sufficient lighting can capture finer details, such as your furry friend’s beard to the drops on a flower petal.

For a little inspiration, check out the finalists from the Apple Macro Shot on iPhone Challenge.

Do iPhone 13/iPhone 14 and iPhone 14/13 Pro have the same cameras?

While the iPhone 13/14 and 13 Pro/14 Pro offer multiple camera setups, the difference between the cameras lies in their rear lenses. The iPhone 13 has a dual camera system – including an ultra-wide and a wide-angle lens.

Also: iPhone 14 Pro vs. iPhone 13 Pro: Is it worth the upgrade?

If you want to shoot from a greater distance or capture more candid moments, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro have an additional telephoto lens and, of course, the ability to take macro photos.

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