For the most part, night mode in the camera app on modern iPhones is a great feature that can definitely transform photos taken in very dim light. If the camera app detects a dark scene, night mode is activated automatically, but sometimes you will have the dramatic dark effect and it’s annoying to disable Night Mode to get it. You need to press the night mode indicator and then push the timer down to zero seconds.
If you wait a while before taking another photo, it will be reactivated automatically. But you may not will have it to engage again. Maybe you want the camera app to remember that you have disabled night mode. Fortunately, iOS 15 lets you do just that.
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How to prevent night mode from automatically engaging
With iOS 15, you can go to Settings> Camera > Preserve settings to find an option to preserve your night mode settings (among other things). Once this is enabled, night mode will remember when it has been turned off and will not reactivate itself. To take a picture in night mode, you can tap the night mode indicator to activate it yourself.
The last bit is important! This is not so much a button to turn off night mode forever as it is a switch to remember your last night setting. When enabled, your camera app always uses the same amount in night mode you have selected. If you slide the Night Mode slider all the way up to Max, you will find that it intervenes more easily and uses an even slower shutter speed. If you slide it to Auto (center), it activates as usual. Only by sliding it to Off and leaving it there will the camera app never activate night mode.
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