How to Use Your iPhone 5 Like a Mirror

Are you worried that you have something on your face, but you are nowhere near a mirror? Fortunately there is a simple way to check using your iPhone 5’s camera.

The iPhone 5 has two cameras; one is on the back of the phone, and is probably what you use when you take pictures with the camera, while the other camera is on the front of the device. This is the camera that is used by default when you make a FaceTime call. But you have the ability to select which camera to use when you take a picture with the Camera app, and you can take advantage of that fact to look at yourself when you do not have a mirror nearby.


Looking at Your Face With the iPhone 5 Camera

The steps below were performed on an iPhone 5 using the iOS 7 operating system. Your camera app may look a little different if you are using an older version of iOS.

Once you have finished using the iPhone camera as a mirror, remember to touch the camera selection button again to use the rear-facing camera. Otherwise you may find yourself taking a picture of yourself the next time you open the app.


Step 1: Open the Camera app.

open the camera app



Step 2: Touch the icon at the top-right of the screen that looks like a camera with arrows inside of it.

tap the camera switch button



The viewfinder on the screen should reverse, and will now display your face. The camera is actually the small hole above your screen, in case you need to reposition the camera to better see yourself.


Do you need to take a picture with your iPhone 5 camera, but the flash keeps going off when you do not want it to? Learn how to change this setting and turn off the flash when you take a picture. newsletter

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