How to get the camera HDR setting back in iPhone 8, 8 Plus, iPhone X

October 11, 2017
How to get the camera HDR setting back in iPhone 8, 8 Plus, iPhone X

When Apple announced the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X last month, the company was very proud of its new Bionic chip and the image signal processor that comes with it. It allows the camera to do its magic, like add the special Portrait Lighting effects and intelligently decide when to boost exposure and when to apply HDR. Yes, we’ve had auto HDR before, but now, Apple is so convinced that it’s nailed the exact moments that the feature can kick in that it removed the HDR toggle from the camera app.

For anyone that likes to have some control over what they are doing when shooting with the camera, this sounds mildly concerning. What if we want to force HDR? What if we want to shoot with it off, but the phone stubbornly decides otherwise? To top it off, the HDR prompt that used to go off when the auto HDR is about to kick in is gone in the iPhone 8’s camera app. Thankfully, at least the already taken picture will have the HDR label to let you know that the mode was used.

So… can we get the old style HDR toggle back? Well, yes we can. It’s buried in the phone’s Settings and is turned off by default, but you can easily fix that with the following steps:

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Cry over the lack of an HDR button

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Here’s our camera app, as it is set by default on the iPhone 8. The obvious lack of an HDR control is depressing as we are forced to let the phone decide for us whether it should be on or off.
Cry over the lack of an HDR button
Go to Settings

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To fix this, we need to enter Settings → Camera and look for the Auto HDR toggle. Turn that off.
Go to Settings
Be greeted by an old friend

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Here’s our camera app again, this time around looking much more familiar. Our HDR button is back and it has the On, Off, and Auto modes hidden in its sleeve!
Be greeted by an old friend

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How to get the HDR setting back in iOS 11

Here’s our camera app, as it is set by default on the iPhone 8. The obvious lack of an HDR control is depressing as we are forced to let the phone decide for us whether it should be on or off.

How to get the HDR setting back in iOS 11

1. Cry over the lack of an HDR button

Here’s our camera app, as it is set by default on the iPhone 8. The obvious lack of an HDR control is depressing as we are forced to let the phone decide for us whether it should be on or off.

Cry over the lack of an HDR button

2. Go to Settings

To fix this, we need to enter Settings → Camera and look for the Auto HDR toggle. Turn that off.

Go to Settings

3. Be greeted by an old friend

Here’s our camera app again, this time around looking much more familiar. Our HDR button is back and it has the On, Off, and Auto modes hidden in its sleeve!

Be greeted by an old friend

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