How to Use Night Mode on iPhone 11 Pro Max

I still remember how smartly Google took a swipe at iPhone X/Xs while showcasing the night mode shot captured by the $399 Pixel 3a in May. If not embarrassing, the result was an eye-opener for Apple. Fast forward 4 months and things have changed a lot – a lot for the better.

No prizes for guessing. Well, I’m talking about the Night Mode of iPhone 11 Series. Whether it’s the impressive detail or clarity, Apple’s offering looks way better than its counterpart. Haven’t given it a shot? Let’s jump right in to find out how to take pictures using Night Mode on iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max.

How to Use Night Mode on iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max

Before putting this feature into action, check out a few pivotal points:

  • Just like Huawei, Samsung, and Google, Apple also uses machine learning (along with improved sensor and neural engine in A13 processor) to brighten up photos captured in the low-lit environment. However, what makes Apple’s Night Mode stand out is the ability to capture more natural-looking photos with a lot of details. By intelligently balancing the dark and light elements, it endows night time feeling to the images
  • After capturing a series of images for a set amount of time at different exposures, Night Mode combines them all precisely to grab more light. As a result, the images look brighter and also have more detail
  • The Night Mode icon automatically appears whenever the iPhone detects a dimly-lit environment. If there is no dark environment around you, the icon won’t appear in the camera app. That means you can’t enable it manually
  • Night mode works with the wide-angle and telephoto camera as both these lenses have the support for optical image stabilization. So, it won’t work with the ultra-wide-angle camera as it lacks OIS

Step #1. Launch the Camera app on your iPhone and wait for the Night Mode icon, which looks similar to the crescent moon, to appear at the top left corner of the screen.

Tap on crescent moon in Camera App on iPhone 11

Step #2.
Once the icon shows up, tap on it. When activated, it turns yellow.

Turn ON Night Mode on iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max

Step #3.
Now, Night Mode will itself adjust the effect that it requires to take a photo. Next, tap on the shutter button and then hold your iPhone steadily until the photo has been captured.

Shoot Photo at Night with Night Mode on iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max

The time it will take to capture the shot entirely depends on the environment around you. So, it may quickly take the picture, or it may increase the shutter time for several seconds. To find out how much time it will take to capture the pic, check out the number that appears next to the Night mode icon.

Manually Control Night Mode Effect on iPhone 11 Pro Max

Moreover, you can also choose to configure the Night Mode effect manually. Though Apple has kept 5s as the default options, the timer dial can extend up to 30 seconds.

Swipe the slider located above the shutter button towards the right to increase the time. To decrease the time, simply swipe the slider towards the left. While you are taking the photo, the slider turns into a timer counting down to the end of the exposure.

Manually Control Night Mode Effect on iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max

Turn Off Night Mode on iPhone 11 Pro Max

It’s quite simple to disable the Night Mode on iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max. All you need to do is just tap on the moon icon at the left of the screen to turn it off. When disabled, the icon turns grey.

Turn OFF Night Mode on iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro MaxThat’s pretty much it!

Over to You…

Apart from the Night Mode, the Camera app has also got some really cool features or enhancements like 4K selfie video and slofie. And they have rightly made Apple’s 2019 iPhones the best for mobile photography – until rivals like Google Pixel 4 come up with something enormously drastic.

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Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.