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Take Selfie Pics on iOS Without Selfie Camera Apps

Last updated: October 4, 2014 at 10:08 am

You probably know more about selfies already, but let us make it clear. Let us explain what is a selfie and then show you how you can take your selfie easily without downloading any camera app on your iOS device. Sounds good? Alright.

So what’s a selfie? By definition, selfie is a self-portrait photograph captured through a digital camera or a smartphone gadget. In simple words, selfie is a self-pic. You take out your Apple iPhone and capture photo of your own beautiful face — that’s a selfie.

It’s becoming a trend to click your own selfie and post it online on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social networking sites.

What’s more is that we no longer have one kind of selfies. There are individual selfies, monkey selfies, and group selfies. In this selfie world, everyone has a subtle smile on their face, taking pictures of themselves, their friends, and even their lovely pets.

It is, indeed, a wonderful world!

Various selfies captured using a smartphone camera.

We snap these self-pics for impressing others, and sometimes for our self-satisfaction. We believe the word selfie is also somewhat abused.

However, this increasingly growing trend has opened doors for various tutorials that explains how you can take an amazing selfie, so that your friend will like ’em day and night. Why? Why would you want to learn how to take a good selfie of yours? It is unbelievable easy to take a bad selfie and ruin your “online” reputation.

That’s why you need to learn to take good selfies. 

And you know what? There is also a science behind taking selfies. This is no joke folks. A good selfies is the first step to build your “image” in your friend circle.

Click Multiple Selfies For Perfection

Practice makes one perfect, and the same cliched statement is true in your selfie world. The more selfies you take, the better you get at it. And when you repeatedly take multiple selfies of yourself (so much that your phone is loaded with nothing but photos of your close-up face… with probably pouted lips) you will probably master this emerging art quickly.

Now, as Apple fans, we have used quite a LOT of free selfie camera apps. Some are good, and some really bad. While every app has a very good selfie editor, it’s a bit too much that can lead to two things:

  • Wastage of storage space
  • Very addicting and time-consuming

Plus, in our busy world, when we are in the elevator, we barely have the time to click our own selfies. Sure, we can do that, but launching the app, then using the front camera and positioning yourself in our “selfie” style is going to take a lot of time.

We must act quickly… take selfies before anyone notices! HA!

And that is why we have one easy solution you can use to take selfies and even edit them on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. You will like this “tip” because to click selfies you don’t have to install any third-party app.

It’s all free, and it’s available right on your iOS device.

What is it, you ask?

Tutorial: Click Selfies Using iOS Siri

Now you can use Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to click your selfies. Here’s what you should do:

Step 1: Activate “Hey, Siri” feature on your iPhone or iPad
Step 2: Say this command: “Hey Siri, take a selfie.”
Step 3: Pose for the pic and click the camera button to snap a selfie.

Siri will launch the iOS camera app, and turn ON the Front Camera mode, so that you can take selfies easily. This saves a second or two, compared to manually launching the app and hitting the front camera button.

Want a timer? If you have a jailbroken iOS 7 device, you can use “CameraTweak 2” or other free Cydia app to set timer and click selfies automatically through the front camera of your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

You can also use Camera+ (paid App Store app) to adjust the timer.

Siri can only help you “launch” the selfie mode, and the rest of the work should be done manually. Still, it’s a pretty neat trick we figured out while aimlessly playing with Siri on our Apple device.

Note: Articles written at are valid for every Apple device running iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4 / 8.4.1 firmware