How to Use iPhone Photo Burst

Quickly take multiple photos

The iPhone's Photo Burst mode lets you take many photos by tapping and holding the shutter button. It's the perfect option for taking action shots, capturing just the right candid images, and for finding the right photo from an important moment. iPhone Burst mode might even improve your photography.

Information in this article applies to iPhones running iOS 13, iOS 12, and iOS 11.

What Is iPhone Photo Burst Mode?

Burst mode is a feature built into the Camera app that comes loaded on the iPhone and iPad. It lets you take a continuous stream of photos just by tapping and holding the shutter button. It's terrific for taking action photos in situations where you can't perfectly time tapping the shutter button.

Burst mode takes 10 photos per second and lets you take a virtually unlimited number of photos. Once you've taken photos using iPhone Burst mode, you can then review them and choose to keep only the photos you want.

How to Use iPhone Burst Mode

Using Photo Burst mode on the iPhone or iPad is simple. Just follow these steps:

  1. Open the Camera app. This can be done from the lock screen or the home screen.

  2. Use the slider just below the image to choose either standard Photo or Square format for your images. Photo and Square modes are the only modes that support the Burst feature.

  3. Tap and hold the shutter button when you're ready to start taking photos.

    As long as you hold the shutter button, the Camera app takes 10 photos per second. A counter above the shutter button let you know how many images you've taken.

    Camera app on iPhone

    You can also take Burst mode photos by clicking and holding either volume button.

  4. When you're done taking photos, release the shutter button.

Wondering if you can turn off Burst mode? The answer is no, but there is a workaround. Burst mode can't work when you have the camera flash turned on. So, if you want to disable Burst mode, enable the flash for your photos and you'll only take one image at a time.

How to Choose the Burst Mode Photos You Want to Keep

After you've taken 10 or 20 or 100 (or more) photos using iPhone Burst mode, you probably want to select the images to keep and delete the rest. Here's how:

  1. Tap the photo thumbnail in the bottom left corner of the Camera app after you take photos using Burst mode.

    The set of Burst mode photos shows up in the Camera app like a single image, except for the text at the top of the screen that says Burst (xx photos).

  2. Tap Select.

  3. Swipe side to side to view all the photos captured by the Burst mode. Tap the circle on the photos you want to keep to place a check mark on them.

  4. When you've reviewed all the Burst mode images and tapped the ones you want, tap Done.

  5. Choose to either Keep Everything or Keep Only Favorites, which are the ones you checked, in the confirmation screen that pops up.

    Camera app showing a selection of burst photos and how to select ones to keep

After you make your choice, all the photos you chose not to save are deleted from your iPhone.

Change your mind after deleting some of your Burst mode photos? Learn how to save deleted photos in How to Recover Deleted Photos from iPhone.

How to View Burst Mode Photos in the iOS Photos App

Want to go back and check out the Burst mode photos you've taken in the past? All of the Burst mode photos you've saved are stored in their own album in the iOS Photos app. Here's how to find them:

  1. Tap the Photos app to open the Photos Albums screen.

  2. Swipe down to the Media Types section and tap Burst to view the sets of Burst mode photos on the iPhone.

  3. Tap one of the sets to view the images and delete or keep the images you want.

    iPhone showing Bursts album in the Photos app