The bigger on the Apple iPhone 13 lineup come with a small niggle: the Camera app flickers and jumps to macro mode when you get close to a subject. Here’s how to disable Auto Macro mode switching on iPhone.

Why Does the iPhone Camera App Switch to Auto Macro Mode?

Introduced in iOS 15, Apple’s Auto Macro mode furthers the Macro photography chops of the iPhone camera on iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max models. When you are about to take a nice close shot, the iPhone’s Camera app jitters as you move closer to a subject.


The Camera app tries to help you capture more details by activating Auto Macro mode and shifting from a regular wide lens to an ultra-wide lens. Generally, this happens when your iPhone is about 14cm away from a subject. However, you can prevent the camera from switching to the Auto Macro mode automatically.

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How to Disable Auto Macro Switching in Camera on iPhone

Your iPhone needs to run iOS 15.1 or later to see the option for turning off the Camera app’s Auto Macro mode switching behavior. If you haven’t upgraded yet, check out our guide to updating your iPhone.

To get started, launch the “Settings” app on your iPhone.

Tap on the "Settings" app.

Scroll down and select “Camera.”

Select the "Camera" option.


Scroll down and toggle off the switch for “Auto Macro.”

Tap the toggle for "Auto Macro" mode

Now, you may close the Settings app and open the Camera app on your iPhone to test it. Move the iPhone close to a subject, and you’ll notice the camera won’t flicker and switch to the macro mode.

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