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How to Create Extraordinary Images on iPhone Portrait Mode

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Kevin Walker

March 13, 2018 (Updated: April 24, 2018锛

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What is iPhone Portrait Mode?

Apple Support defined iPhone Portrait mode as the camera mode that uses the dual cameras on your iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus, and X to create a depth-of-field effect which helps you to compose a photo that keeps your subject sharp while blurring the background.

How to Use Portrait Mode iPhone 7/8 Plus/X

Taking photos in iPhone 7 portrait mode is easy and only needs you to swipe to Portrait mode and take the picture. The iOS Camera app will give you tips in real time on how to get the best effect. It can tell you that you鈥檙e too close to the object, too far away, or the area is dark. You can also apply camera filter, set a timer, True Tone, or flash to get the best of your photo.

Step 1: Launch the Camera app.
Step 2: Swipe to Portrait mode.
Step 3: Look for the yellow portrait box and click the button below it.

iPhone portrait mode

Note that you can also edit your picture to include other effects.

How to Use iPhone Portrait Mode on Previous Models

You can still use iPhone Portrait mode even when you don鈥檛 have iPhone 7 Plus or other recent versions of iPhone. The solution is to use third-party applications such as Fab-focus, Patch, After-Focus, or Depth Effects on your iPhone to create blur effects.

Here is how to portrait mode with Fab-Focus:

Step 1: Download and install FabFocus on your iPhone, launch the application, and allow it access to your iPhone camera and storage.
Step 2: Hit the camera button at the button center of your screen when you want to take a picture.
Step 3: When your image is ready, you can now get your desired blur effect by clicking the Start button at the button center of your screen.


Once you are through with these steps, other items appearing in the picture you just took will be blurred out. However, the above third-party apps we鈥檝e discussed only supports iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone6s Plus and iPhone 7. Any other version that is earlier than these is not compatible.

How to Remove iPhone Portrait Mode Effect

If you don鈥檛 want to use iPhone 7 Portrait mode anymore on your photo, you can remove the effect by following these steps:

Step 1: Select the photo that you want to change.
Step 2: Click 鈥淓dit > Portrait鈥.

The blurring effect would have been removed by now. You can also add the Portrait effect by clicking 鈥淧ortrait鈥 at the top of your photo screen.

How to Compress iPhone Portrait mode Photos to Free Up Space

Portrait mode iPhone 7 is beautiful and smart, but it has a big disadvantage which is occupying a huge portion of your iPhone storage space. This is why it鈥檚 getting rejected by many iPhone users who are struggling to keep enough storage space for other files. However, you don鈥檛 need to disable Portrait mode on your iPhone because there is a tool that can help you to keep using Portrait mode on your iPhone without occupying much of your precious storage space, and that tool is iMyFone Umate Pro Space Saver.

or for Mac offers you an efficient way to free up iDevice space and protect your privacy on iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. It can compress iPhone photos in order to regain your storage space, export iPhone photos to your computer to back them up, and delete the original photos from your iPhone to recover your iPhone鈥檚 storage space.

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Key Features:

  • 1-click backup and compresses iPhone photo feature.
  • Selectively export iPhone photos to your Windows or macOS computer.
  • Compress your iPhone photos without losing photo quality. You鈥檒l hardly notice any difference between the original and compressed photos.
  • It鈥檚 faster than any other photo compression and backup technique.
  • Preview and erase private/deleted iPhone data in order to protect your privacy. .

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Steps to compress iPhone photos to computer:

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your PC using a USB cable. Launch iMyFone Umate Pro and click 鈥1-Click Free Up Space鈥 tab.

1-Click Free Up Space

Step 2: Click 鈥淨uick Scan鈥 tab to scan for photos, then click the 鈥淐lean鈥 button next to Photos.

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Step 3: From the next window, select "Backup & Compress". After compressing, you鈥檒l see how much iPhone storage space that has been released.

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Tip: Features of iPhone 7Plus Dual-Sensor Camera Module

With the introduction of iPhone 7Plus, Apple switched from the 12-megapixel single lens camera to an all-new dual-sensor camera module. The reason for this switch can be seen in the features of the new dual-sensor camera which has been listed below:

  • Dual-sensor camera comes with some optimized features such as Depth-of-field effects.
  • Dual-sensor cameras have higher Processing Power that can perform 100 billion operations in 25 milliseconds.
  • It comes with a 2x optical zoom which allows less degradation as you enlarge the pixel for a bigger view.

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