Don’t have the iPhone 13? Here’s How to Take Macro Photos on Older iPhones


The iPhone 13’s new camera lenses brought native macro photography support to the series. However, contrary to what Apple suggests, the 13 series phones aren’t the only Apple smartphones that can shoot in macro mode.

The feat of shooting something as close as a few inches from the camera is impossible on older iPhones. However, that is if you are using the Stock Camera app. If you’re willing to invest some money in a third-party app, Halide could save you a lot of money compared to buying a new iPhone.

What is halide

A third-party camera tool, Halide or Halide Mark II – Pro Camera can be downloaded from the App Store and users will get subscription options starting at Rs 269 per month, or a one-time fee of Rs 4,499. The app brings a number of features to the iPhone’s camera setup, including the ability to click images with manual focus. You can even try the app for free for seven days.

The app can be purchased on a subscription basis or at a one-time price. (Image source: halide)

Popular features include focus peaking, histograms, manual depth capture, and 14-bit raw support, among others.

How to use it?

Once you download Halide from the App Store and choose a subscription, you can open the app and press the autofocus (AF) button to trigger manual focus. This will allow you to switch to the macro by selecting the flower icon at the bottom left.

Once that’s ready, you can bring your phone close to any small subject, like a coin, a small flower, or even a snail. Use the slider at the bottom of the viewfinder to get the correct focus and click on an image. There are even crisp green highlights that pop up when you focus to help you get the best shot.

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