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A new feature in iOS 5.1 is the ability to access the camera without unlocking your iPhone or iPod touch (if you have a passcode set). To do this, press the home button, and to the right of the Slide to Unlock slider, you'll see a camera icon. The first times I tried, I couldn't figure out how this worked; I tapped the icon, but the screen just slid up a bit, then bounced back down. You need to slide the screen up, while dragging the camera icon, to access the camera.

Once you've done this, you can take pictures as you wish. In the bottom-left corner of the window is a small gallery icon, which lets you see your photos from your current session (you can't access other photos.)

You can go back to the lock screen by swiping down from the top of the screen, or proceed to the passcode entry screen by pressing the home button.

Note: this works with the iPhone and iPod touch, but not the iPad 2.
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Access camera without unlocking iOS devices
Authored by: jaguarcy on Mar 09, '12 07:54:43AM

This is not exclusive to iOS5.1, it is present in iOS5.0.1 as well. In 5.0.1 you need to double-press the home button. The music player controls come up as normal, and next to the lock slider is a button for bringing up the camera. All 5.1 did is make it constantly visible, and changed it from a button to a vertical slider.



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Access camera without unlocking iOS devices
Authored by: unforeseen:X11 on Mar 09, '12 08:06:36AM

This was one of the official new features when iOS 5.0 was launched!

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Access camera without unlocking iOS devices
Authored by: DougAdams on Mar 09, '12 08:27:28AM

As was pointed out, this was not very obvious pre-5.1. My wife and I were at first puzzled by the camera icon and were positively giggly when we figured it out.

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Access camera without unlocking iOS devices
Authored by: redfood on Mar 09, '12 08:59:16AM

5.0 you pressed the camera icon with 5.1 you slide it up to the top of the screen.

It could be my imagination but I feel like the camera is read for picture taking faster with 5.1 than is was under 5.0 (on my iPhone 4).



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Access camera without unlocking iOS devices
Authored by: dakings on Mar 09, '12 10:32:46AM

Too bad once you access the camera from the lock screen, you can bypass the lock screen password by pressing on the home button.



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Access camera without unlocking iOS devices
Authored by: kirkmc on Mar 10, '12 01:38:20AM

I've seen this reported, but it's obviously false. That's only the case if the phone is unlocked. (If it's not, please describe in detail how it works, because that doesn't happen on my iPhone.)

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Access camera without unlocking iOS devices
Authored by: ollerich on Mar 12, '12 01:49:35AM

not here, when i press the home button while being in the camera, it asks me for my passcode...



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Access camera without unlocking iOS devices
Authored by: Spid on Mar 11, '12 05:27:00PM

I saw three changes:

1) Previously you had to press twice on the home button for the camera icon to show up. Now it's always visible.
2) Previously you had to press the camera icon now you slide it up.
3) (I'm not 100% sure for this one), but now when you're in the camera mode, you can swipe left/right to directly go to camera roll

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Access camera without unlocking iOS devices
Authored by: robogobo on Mar 12, '12 02:21:49AM
3) (I'm not 100% sure for this one), but now when you're in the camera mode, you can swipe left/right to directly go to camera roll
Now that is a hint. Thanks. It does work, and shows the entire camera roll if there's no pass code set. Perhaps this feature was around before 5.1, but I didn't know of it. Edit: apparently this was a 5.0 feature.
Edited on Mar 12, '12 02:28:03AM by robogobo


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Access camera without unlocking iOS devices
Authored by: robogobo on Mar 12, '12 01:57:59AM

The previous photos from the library are available if there's no pass code set for the phone. That also allows you to bypass the slide to unlock when pressing the home button. This makes perfect sense. The camera slider is both opening the camera app and unlocking the phone. If a pass code is set, you have to enter it when you're finished using the camera if you want to do anything that would normally require entering the pass code.

This is reminiscent of the alternate method of unlocking used by the jailbreak tweak Lockinfo- possibly another UI element "borrowed" from a jailbreak developer by Apple. Even though I no longer Jailbreak, this is the main reason I always supported the non sanctioned devs. We have all gained from their innovation.



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Access camera without unlocking iOS devices
Authored by: pulykamell on Apr 24, '12 08:01:58PM

Thanks for this tip. I've had iOS 5.1 for however long it's been out, and it never occurred to me until today to see if there was a way to take a picture without unlocking the phone. As somebody said above, in iOS 5.0, you just tapped the camera button and the camera would launch. In 5.1, doing that just causes the screen to bounce a little. I assumed that in the update, they disabled this as some sort of security feature or god knows what. I'm not entirely sure why Apple decided a swipe gesture is better than touching an on-screen icon, but at least now I know how to activate the camera without unlocking the phone. Thanks!



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