As with iOS 7.0.X, iOS 7.1 still allows users to take sneaky photos using a trick with the Camera app that was discovered shortly after iOS 7’s release. It’s most likely a bug that Apple still hasn’t fixed, even with the release of iOS 7.1.
A lot of places prohibit people from taking photos and video, like at concerts or art galleries, which can be a huge bummer, especially if you wanted to share that moment with friends and family who can’t be there. There are plenty of iPhone apps out there that allow users to take photos without the camera viewfinder showing, especially on jailbroken devices, but this neat trick in iOS 7.1 makes all of these apps obsolete.
We first spotted this neat trick back in November, and it’s an easy hack that allows you to take photos with the Camera app without having the app actively open or the viewfinder even showing. Here’s how to do it.
- Open up the Camera app and immediately after doing that, double-tap on the Home button to open up the app switcher. You should see the Camera app in the app switcher still live and the viewfinder still working.
- You can now explore your app switcher and scroll through your open apps while the Camera app is still live. You can even access the notification tray from the app switcher by swiping down from the top of the screen. This completely hides the Camera app while still keeping it open and ready to take pictures.
- To simply take a photo, press the Volume Up or Volume Down button (since the shutter button in the Camera app is hidden, obviously).
Word of warning, though: this trick didn’t work for everyone here at Gotta Be Mobile. Doing this led to a random reboot for some people, but it works perfectly for others running iOS 7.1. Furthermore, this trick also works on the iPad. We can confirm that it works on the iPad 4, the iPad Air, and the iPad mini with Retina display, but it didn’t work on the third-generation iPad.
With this trick, people that are looking over your shoulder will simply think that you’re looking at your notifications or seeing what apps are in your app switcher, but in reality, you’re actually taking pictures without anyone noticing. Of course, you’re on your own as far as the risk you take when you do this. If you’re in an art gallery and simply pull out your phone, security may just assume that you’re going to take a photo, so be warned.