How to Preserve Camera Settings on iPhone 13

This post will walk you through configuring the iOS 15 settings to save the last settings and options used when using a certain feature of the built-in camera app. Here’s a quick guide on how to preserve camera settings on iPhone 13 and other iPhone models running in iOS 15 or later version.

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Tired of reconfiguring the same settings every time you open the camera app on your iPhone? If so, then preserving the last settings can help. Just keep reading for more detailed instructions.

iOS 15.4.1 Camera Settings

 Way back in iOS 12, the camera app automatically resets to the default settings every time you exit the app. This means that all your last configurations will be gone. So the next you open the app, you’ll have to reconfigure individual features according to your preferences.

To address such inconvenience, a new camera feature designed to save the last settings was added. The feature is called preserve settings from the camera app menu.

With this feature, you can switch on the toggles for camera mode, filter, live photo among others to stay in place after you exit the app. So when you reopen it, you don’t have to reconfigure the camera settings to make it work and render outputs the way you wanted.

The updated camera application in new iPhones including the one in the latest iPhone 13 series also has the option to preserve the last settings used on the camera app. 

You can make use of this feature in case the default camera options automatically override your last settings when exiting the app. This means that you can save the last camera settings you’ve used such as depth, live photo, lighting, filter and camera mode and prevent them from resetting the next time you launch the camera.

If you’re new to iOS and need some input on how to access and manage this feature on the new iPhone 13, you can refer to the outlined procedure as follows.

Steps to Preserve camera settings on iPhone 13

Performing the following steps will override the default configuration for camera mode, controls, exposure, night mode and live photo. With these settings in effect, the iPhone camera app will retain the last option set for each of the said features instead of using the default values.

Feel free to start whenever you’re all set to configure your iPhone’s camera settings.

Step 1: To get started, tap Settings from the Home screen to launch the iOS settings app.

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Step 2: While in the main settings menu, scroll to find and then tap Camera. The Camera app screen opens with the built-in camera app features.

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Step 3: Find and then tap Preserve Settings to proceed. On the next screen, you’ll see the camera features you can preserve the last settings for.

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  • To preserve the last mode used while taking photos and videos with the camera app, turn on Camera Mode.
  • To preserve the last filter, aspect ratio, light or depth setting, turn on Create Controls.
  • To preserve the last exposure adjustment, turn on Exposure Adjustment.
  • To preserve the last Night mode settings on the Camera app, turn on Night Mode.
  • To preserve the Live Photo setting, turn on Live Photo.
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To restore the default options for individual camera features, toggle them off again.

Aside from the above settings, you can also change more advanced iPhone camera settings to capture photos faster and apply enhanced looks to captured images.

Among the advanced camera features in iOS 15.4.1 devices that you can turn on or off include faster shooting, scene detection, lens correction, and view outside the frame, to name some.

Having issues with the camera app?

If for some reason the camera app does not yield a desirable outcome or misbehaves after altering the default configurations, you can restore the default options individually or reset all settings without deleting user data.

The latter reset is usually activated whenever unexpected problems occur while using any of the built-in features including the iPhone camera app. This reset has been proven effective when dealing with relevant issues like when the camera app is showing a black screen, lagging or freezing.

Installing the latest iOS update available is also recommended given that software updates may likewise contain essential patches to get rid of existing bugs affecting iOS apps and services.

And that’s all about saving the last used settings on the iPhone 13 camera application.

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