Apple’s iPhone is by far the best smartphone for video recording. While there is stiff competition from Google Pixel and Samsung, the image quality, recording options, and simplicity of the iPhone make it the first choice for anyone making a family video or starting a career on YouTube. This is why it’s so frustrating that Apple doesn’t seem to allow you to add a soundtrack to your home movie by playing music from your iPhone when you hit the record button.
Thankfully, a viral video by Erik Tollefsrud that has been viewed more than two million times on TikTok shows a workaround to do just that.
The trick takes advantage of a new extension to iOS that lets you record video by holding down the shutter button in the camera app. This was introduced in iOS 13 and is designed to ensure iPhone owners never miss the action as they switch between different modes.
According to Tollefsrud, this is the only feature you can use to add the track that’s currently playing in your Apple Music or Spotify app to the background of your movie. Make sure your camera app is set to photo mode, then go back to the music provider of your choice and start playing a song. Jump back into the camera app and hold the shutter button to start filming.
This will start recording while your music is playing in the background. If you’re still holding the shutter button with your fingertip, you can slide to the right to put your iPhone in video mode (so you can take your finger off the touchscreen).
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Crucially, this trick only works with an iPhone 11 or later. If you have an iPhone XS or iPhone XR, you need to press and hold the volume down button on the side of your handset to start a video in camera mode. If you’re not sure where burst mode (taking a continuous stream of high-resolution photos so you don’t miss the perfect shot) went in all of this, don’t worry.
If you have an iPhone XS, iPhone XR, or a newer iOS 14, you can access Burst mode by pressing the volume up button. Just go to Settings> Camera and enable Use Volume for Burst.
Since the tip was shared on his video, TikTok user @erik_tollefsrud has received more than 400,000 likes and 5,000 comments. Impressed viewers praised: “This is the most helpful thing I’ve ever seen.” Another admitted, “You just changed my life.”
“Years of ‘iPhone tips’ from various content creators … and you’ll be the first to teach me something I didn’t know about. Thanks!” raved another comment.