One of the impressive new features with the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro camera systems is Apple’s Night mode to vastly improve low light photography. Follow along for how to use Night mode on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro both manually and automatically.

Notably, Night mode isn’t a mode you switch to by swiping in the Camera app on iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro like Photo, Video, Portrait, Pano, etc. Instead, it’s designed to work automatically. However, there is a way to manually use the feature as long as your iPhone detects medium to low light levels in your shot.

How to use Night mode on iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro

  1. With the Camera app open, look for the moon icon in the top left corner (top right in landscape orientation)
  2. If it’s grayed out, it’s available to use, but not auto-enabled
  3. If it’s yellow, Night mode is auto-enabled
  4. Tap the moon icon to manually adjust the exposure time
  5. Hold your iPhone as still as possible during the Night mode shot (look at the moon icon for the exposure timer)

Here’s how the process looks:

If you see the gray or yellow moon, you can choose to manually adjust the exposure of the Night mode shot. However, keep in mind that the gray or yellow moon icon will only show up if the camera picks up low or medium light in the surrounding environment. There’s no way to manually turn it on if it doesn’t pick up low light.

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As shown above, yellow means Night mode is auto-enabled for the shot you’re about to take. Gray means it’s accessible manually but not turned on automatically.

Tap the moon to manually adjust the Night mode shot exposure. Note the exposure time for your shot and be sure to hold your iPhone as still as possible. Different max exposure times will be available based on the light in your environment.

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