This iPhone Hack Allows You to Take Pictures and Videos at the Same Time

Videos are positively dominating social media, including on Instagram, which announced in June 2021 that it is "no longer just a photo-sharing platform." But don't feel like you have to replace all your photos in favor of filling your camera roll with videos. There is a way to take still photos and videos on an iPhone at the same time. If your brain didn't just combust at that statement, don't worry; mine and every single one of my friend's brains did for you. Digital creator Kelly Fiance is one person who's shared this tip in an Instagram Reel, and I don't think I'll ever take photos the same way again.

If you enjoy stitching together videos of your life for recaps of your year, your month, or even a fun trip, this tip is going to be useful for you. It's so much better than converting live photos into a video clip (which I've done more times than I can count), and the picture quality remains high. If you're a content creator in any sense of the word, pay very close attention, as this iPhone hack will make your life simpler.

How to Take Still Photos While Recording a Video on Your iPhone

  1. Start recording your video.
  2. Tap the white circle on the bottom right-hand corner to take a picture.
  3. Stop recording your video when done.
  4. All pictures and videos will be saved to your camera roll.

That's literally it. It's hard to believe this not-so-secret capture button has been available to us for so long, but thank goodness it is.

How to Capture a Still Photo From a Prerecorded Video on Your iPhone

If you have a prerecorded video that'd you'd like to capture a still photo from, there's a way to do that, too (sort of).

  1. Open the video you'd like to take a picture from.
  2. Select the frame you want to turn into a picture.
  3. Using the volume-up and side buttons, take a screenshot of the frame, and crop it to your liking.
  4. Access the screenshot from your camera roll as you normally would.