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How to use Siri to take photos with your iPhone

Say cheese!
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Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Contributor on

I've been looking for a way to fire up the camera on my iPhone to take photos for ages. If I say "Siri, take a photo," Siri will activate the camera but it won't actually take a photo.

I still have to press a button.

In 2022.

Surely there's a better way?

Fortunately, there's a way to add this functionality using the iOS feature Shortcuts.

Here's how you do it:

  1. Find and run the Shortcuts app
  2. Click on Gallery
  3. Search for a shortcut called Say Cheese
  4. Tap on the Say Cheese shortcut (if you want to customize the shortcut -- change the camera it uses to take a photo, or maybe change the phrase -- tap the three dots) and tap Add Shortcut
  5. Now, whenever you want to take a photo, say "Hey Siri, Say Cheese," and Siri will take a photo for you.

Note that the first time this shortcut runs it will ask for permission to save the photo to the gallery.

More iPhone photography tips:

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