Missing video camera options and settings on iPhone? 8 ways to fix

The iPhone camera has six different modes (Time-Lapse, Slo-mo, Photo, Video, Photo, Portrait and Panorama) to help you capture every moment. With the right iPhone camera accessories and settings, you can easily take high-quality photos and record professional-quality videos on your iPhone.

However, there are times when things take an unexpected turn with the iPhone’s camera. Imagine not being able to record your child’s first steps because the Camera app doesn’t show an option to record a video. Terrible, isn’t it? In this guide, we explain some of the factors that cause Video mode to be missing from your iPhone’s camera settings. We also highlight eight possible solutions to the problem.

1. End an ongoing voice or video call

iOS temporarily hides Video mode from the Camera app when you make a voice or video call. This includes all calls like cell phone calls, FaceTime calls, WhatsApp calls, Zoom meetings, Skype calls, etc. You may not have noticed this but the Slo-mo option is also disabled. hidden in the Camera app during a call.

"Video" and "Slo-Mo" lack of mode

End any ongoing calls or meetings and check if that restores Video preferences. If you can’t end the call, use the next solution to record a video during a call.

2. Record a video with QuickTake

QuickTake is an iPhone Camera feature that allows you to record videos in Photos mode. You can record QuickTake videos even while on a voice or video call.

Open the Camera app and hold the shutter button to start recording. Shutter button changes to Record button. While holding the Record button, swipe it to the right to lock the recording.

Record button and swipe gesture right

If your iPhone runs iOS 14 (or later), hold down one of the volume buttons to record a QuickTake video from Photos mode. Note that you cannot lock a QuickTake video if you record using the volume buttons. You will need to keep holding the volume button to continue recording.

Note: QuickTake is only available on iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and newer iPhone models. If you can’t record a video by holding down the shutter button, your iPhone’s camera may not support QuickTake.

3. Restart iPhone

If the Video option is missing from the iPhone Camera app settings when you’re not making phone calls, restart your iPhone and check again. Go Settingoption Sharedoption Turn offand move the slider “slide to power off” to the right. Wait for your iPhone to turn off completely and hold the side button to turn it back on.

Slide to power off

Open the Camera app and check if Video mode is available now. This troubleshooting method worked for some iPhone users, while others complained that the Video option was missing again after a while. Try the next solution if Video mode keeps disappearing on your iPhone.

4. Preserve iPhone Camera Settings

When you make changes to your iPhone camera settings (exposure, modes, filters, timer, etc.) during a session, iOS resets the settings when you close the Camera app . If you keep the camera settings unchanged, changes made to the Camera app remain unchanged even if you close the app.

Discussions on Apple’s support thread suggest that some iPhone users were able to prevent the Video option from being missing by leaving the Camera Mode setting unchanged.

Go Setting > Camera > Preserve settings and turn on Camera mode.

Camera mode switch

Restart your iPhone, launch the Camera app, and check if it retains the Video option.

5. Modify the camera’s security settings

The Camera app may misbehave if a third-party app is using the camera on your iPhone at the same time. Try disabling camera access for all apps and see if Video mode returns to the Camera app.

Pass Setting > Privacy > Camera and disable camera access for all apps in the list.

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<p>Restart your iPhone and check if Video mode is now available in the Camera app.  Go back to the privacy menu and re-enable camera access for the apps you disabled earlier.</p>
<p>Enable camera access for each app at a time, and note the Video mode in the Camera app.  If the Video option is missing after granting camera access to a specific app, consider uninstalling the app from your iPhone.</p>
<h2><span class=6. Reset your iPhone settings

If the problem persists, reset your iPhone settings to factory defaults. inside Setting menu, select Shared and then press Reset. Then choose Reset all settingsenter your iPhone passcode and press Reset all settings on the confirmation prompt.

Reset All Settings Button

Performing a “settings reset” will not delete your personal apps or files. This will only delete settings related to privacy, cellular and Wi-Fi connections, Bluetooth, payments (Apple Pay), location, etc.

7. iOS Update

Running an old or outdated version of iOS on your iPhone? Installing the latest iOS version can resolve any software bugs that are causing the problem. Go Setting > Shared > Software updates to check for available iOS updates.

8. Roll back to iOS update

The first iOS beta and iOS versions are often unstable and full of bugs that damage some system functions. If the Video option is missing after installing an iOS update (unstable or Beta), restore your iPhone to a stable iOS version. Refer to this iOS downgrade guide to learn how.

Check your iPhone

If the missing Video option on the Camera app still doesn’t reappear, contact Apple Support or go to an Apple Authorized Service Provider near you.

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