How to Take, View, & Save Burst Photos (UPDATED for the iPhone 11 & 11 Pro)

Making the switch to an iPhone seriously increased the amount of photos I take. With the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, taking burst images is done differently than on older models. Let's go over how to take Burst Photos on all compatible models of the iPhone, how to look at burst images, and how to choose and save the individual iPhone burst images you want to keep. Whether you're looking to take flattering candid pictures, better your sports photography, or improve your action shots of fast-moving pets, I see some great pictures in your future; let's get started!  

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What is Burst Mode? Burst Mode on the iPhone is a sequence of photos taken at a rate of ten frames per second. There's no need to turn on Burst mode; the feature is always ready to go. Burst Mode allows you to capture action shots at a moment's notice. Taking a burst photo on the iPhone is a great way to guarantee you get the motion photograph you want. If you stumble across a great candid photo opportunity or other once-in-a-lifetime shot and want to be certain you have plenty of images to choose from, Burst Mode is the way to do it. Once you take a photo in Burst Mode on the iPhone, all the pictures are shown together as one photo in the Photos app.

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How to Take Burst Photos

With the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, taking burst photos has changed. For earlier models, you'll still follow the earlier method of long pressing the shutter button.

To take a Burst photo on the iPhone 11 or 11 Pro:

  1. Open your Camera app.
  2. First, frame your shot.
  3. Next, slide the shutter button to the left towards towards the thumbnail of the last shot you took.
  4. You'll see the a counter appear in place of the shutter button, indicating how many shots you've taken in your current burst image.

To Use Burst Mode on an iPhone XS and earlier:

  1. Open your Camera app.
  2. First, frame your shot.
  3. Next, tap and hold on the shutter button at the bottom of the screen.
  4. You’ll notice a counter pop up as you hold down the shutter. This indicates how many images you’ve taken so far.

  5. In the Photos app, your burst of images will be clustered together and can be identified by an icon at the top of the lead image, which reads, “Burst.”

How to Look at Burst Images

  1. Open the Photos app and locate the cluster of burst photos.
  2. Tap Select at the bottom of the screen. 
  3. Here you can swipe through and view all the burst photos you just took.


     
  4. The gray dot underneath certain photos indicates those with the best composition and focus.

How to Save Individual Burst Photos

  1. In the Photos app, locate the cluster of burst photos you want to open.
  2. Tap Select.
  3. Here you can swipe through all the burst photos you just took.


     
  4. Tap each picture that you want to save from the sequence.
  5. Once you’ve selected your favorites, tap Done in the upper right corner.
  6. Select either Keep Everything (in order to keep the burst cluster) or select Keep Only [#] Favorites (in order to save only the favorites you selected).

Top Image Credit: Denys Prykhodov / Shutterstock.com

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Rheanne Taylor is the associate editor of iPhone Life magazine. In her spare time Rheanne is an avid iPhoneographer who loves trying out the latest apps and gadgets for her iPhone camera. She recently graduated with her BA in literature and writing from Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa.