iOS Camera icon You may have noticed that with new versions of iOS on iPhone and iPod touch, the behavior changed for how to access the lock screen camera compared to iOS earlier versions. That camera change actually happened with iOS 5.1 and has carried forward to iOS 6, iOS 7, and iOS 8, and it has has caused some as to how it works compared to earlier versions.

The confusion happens when a user taps on the iPhone Camera at the locked screen, which they notice that if you just tap on the camera icon, it now just causes the screen to bounce but the camera doesn’t open. No, the bouncing screen doesn’t mean the camera isn’t working anymore, that little bounce is intended to indicate how the locked screen camera access feature works.

So the big question is: how do you access the lock screen of an iPhone with a new version of iOS like iOS 7 and iOS 8?
You now swipe up to activate the lock screen camera in new versions of iOS. Likewise, you can swipe down to deactivate the camera and return back to the lock screen.

This works the same in all new versions of iOS, though it may look slightly different. The thing to remember is that to access the camera you must swipe up from the camera icon in the corner. If you swipe too broadly from the bottom of the screen, the Control Center opens instead, which, while you can access the camera from there too, it’s not as fast.

Access the Lock Screen Camera in iOS 7 & iOS 8 by Swiping Up from the Camera Icon

The camera access will actually follow your finger, so if you want to you can tap and hold onto the camera icon, then slowly slide it up. That may help you get the hang of the feature, but once you get it down, you can access the camera with a small flick up.

You can always unlock the device too and then tap on the Camera icon itself, but that sort of defeats the purpose of the quickness of the lockscreen access.

New Lock Screen Camera Gesture in iOS 5.1

Get used to the new swipe gesture, it’s actually faster than the double-tap home button method , and you’ll be able to take pictures quicker than ever after you get accustomed to it.

iOS 5.1 Lock Screen Camera

There is no way to return to the old behavior anyway, so old habits will have to be broken here. And there’s nothing wrong with that, as this swipe-up trick should help to prevent accidentally opening the camera, while still allowing users to too.