The jailbreak scene allows iOS device owners to manipulate their beloved gadgets in all manner of weird and wonderful ways, but with iOS 7 having just been released last month, we’re not quite there yet. As such, we’re basically restricted to what Apple offers and allows, and any neat little tip or trick should be boxed up, shared and savored. One reader of Redmond Pie has discovered a handy way to discreetly capture videos or photos on iOS 7, and whether you were actually in the market for a secret camera or are just simply looking for something a little out of the ordinary to try, this trick has you covered.

The simple trick essentially involves running your camera in the revamped multitasking bar, which, contrary to what some may think, doesn’t actually stop the app from actively running. By using the volume (+) button, you can readily begin taking a video or photo, and as far as cool, alternative ways to enjoy iOS 7 go, this is definitely one of the best we’ve seen so far.

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Below is a short guide on how you can get started with your device’s very own secret camera. Naturally, it does require iOS 7, but if your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch happens to meet this prerequisite, then you’re good to go!

Step 1: Unlock your device before opening up the Camera app. Note, this trick does not work from the lock screen – your device must be unlocked for the secret camera mode to have any success.

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Step 2: Once your Camera app is open and ready to go, make sure you adjust the settings to your liking. Naturally, since it’s supposed to be an incognito camera and all, you’ll probably be wanting to turn the flash off. Take this opportunity to decide whether you wish to record a video or take a photo. Also, be sure to flick that mute switch to on, otherwise your device’s camera will go extremely noticed.


Step 3: Double-tap the Home button to take yourself into multitasking mode, and from there, you can scroll through your open apps nonchalantly, as if you’re going about your daily digital errands. Should you want to take a photo or start recording a video, all you need to do is hit that Volume Up (+) button on the side of your device.

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Try it! We think it’s rather cool, if not mischievous, and once you’re done, the results of your spying campaign should sit in your Camera Roll.

Thanks, Masih for the hat tip!

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