Use Apple Watch Digital Crown as Remote Shutter for Camera Apps

A neat little trick discovered by a reddit user today (via MacRumors) lets you use the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch to emulate the iPhone’s volume buttons, and use it as a remote shutter to take photographs with third party camera apps on your iPhone like Snapchat, Camera+ or Manual. To achieve this, here’s what you need to do:

Step 1:

Make sure your iPhone and Apple Watch are paired.

Step 2:

Open a compatible camera app on your iPhone, such as Camera+.


Step 3:

On your Apple Watch, open up the Music Glance by swiping up from the watch face view.

Step 4:

Now when you turn the Digital Crown, it will cause the camera to take a photograph, just like pressing on the iPhone’s volume button would do. The technique works within the Music app itself as well.

That’s it, you can now use your Digital Crown as a remote shutter for your favourite camera apps on your iPhone. Enjoy!

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  • wuju

    Great tip! Always want to remote control other non native photo app from the apple watch and this works.

  • You were just mentioning this the other day!

  • bob

    What other apps would this work with?

  • Chrome262

    I thought it did this with the native camera anyway? Has anyone tried it?

  • Camera+ for example. Any app that supports volume up as a shutter.