How to Use Portrait Mode on iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 10.1 or Later

It’s time to put our hands on the Portrait mode to capture photos with blur background effect using iPhone 7 Plus running iOS 10. Let’s see how cool it really is!

The prime reason why I have bought iPhone 7 Plus is to use the much-talked-about the dual-camera system. There is a nice feature called Portrait mode exclusive for the phablet’s Camera app, which simulates a shallow depth of field very much like a powerful DSLR camera. (You can use portrait mode on iPhone 7 and older iPhones as well, here is how to.)

Portrait mode is available in iOS 10.1. With the use of a 56mm lens, it captures an image. The wider 28mm lens allows it to generate a depth map of a scene. Making the utmost use of the small differentiation between 56mm and 25mm, the smartphone separates different layers of any photos. Thanks to the machine learning techniques, it applies a blur which simulates a shallow depth of field.

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  • Portrait mode lets you shoot only with the telephoto lens.
  • It doesn’t feature zoom options.
  • There is no option to access the Flash, HDR, Live Photos, or Filters. However, you can use 3- and 10-seconds timer.
  • You can see the depth effect live before capturing a photo.

How to Use Portrait Mode on iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 10.1

How to Enable Portrait Mode in iOS 10.1 on iPhone 7 Plus

  • Make sure to update your iPhone to iOS 10.1 or later.
  • First up, you need to enable the Portrait mode in the stock Camera app.

Step #1. Launch Camera app on your iPhone 7 Plus.

Step #2. Simply slide the Camera wheel to select Portrait mode.

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Tap on Portrait Mode in iPhone 7 Plus

How to Shoot Portrait Shots on iPhone 7 Plus

Note: You can use Portrait mode only in brightly-lit conditions.

Step #1. Remain within 8 feet of your subject. Now, the face and body detection technology will automatically identify the subject.

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Step #2. Check out Camera app’s prompts “Move farther away,” “More light required,” “Place subject within 8 feet”. Follow the command perfectly.

Step #3. You should see a yellow banner at the bottom–“Depth Effect”. Time to take the shot.
Take Photo on iPhone 7 Plus with Depth Effect

That’s done! Now, go ahead and use Portrait Mode to take a lot of memorable photos.

Take Photo with Background Blur Effect on iPhone 7 PlusWould you like to say something about this much-awaited feature? Feel free to let your views come across.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
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.

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