How To Flip Camera While Recording Video In Android/iOS Phone

Learn how you can easily flip the camera between front/rear cameras while recording videos on your Android or iOS device!

The days are gone when phone cameras did not have enough grunt. With the latest generation of smartphones, the gap between smartphone cameras and dedicated cameras have been reduced to a great extent. Huawei P20 Pro Google Pixel 2, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XS, LG G7 ThinQ and many other smartphones have remarkably good cameras. Even the 500 USD Asus Zenfone 5Z and the OnePlus 6 take a pretty good picture for their price range. Just not with still pictures, today phones can even record stabilized video at 4K 60 fps and can also record slow motion 1080p videos at whopping 96o fps. Large sensors, optical image stabilization, advanced software, and AI has stepped up the photography game in smartphones to an entirely new level.

Although there have been major enhancements in the camera department of smartphones in both hardware and software fronts, there is one issue that I have seen many people complaining about: the restriction of not having the power to flip cameras from front to rear while shooting video. If you are someone who wishes to record while using both the camera- at the front and at the rear, here are few nifty tips and tricks to do the same.

Method 1: Using Nokia 8’s Stock Camera App

Many of you might be aware of Nokia’s bothie or picture in picture camera features. Both of these features basically lets you have access to both of your cameras- from the front and the rear. While the bothie feature divides the viewfinder of your camera app equally for both the camera, the picture in picture mode lets you have a small secondary window and a large primary window which can be customized according to your liking. Though the normal video mode does not have access to flipping the camera while recording, you can use your front and rear camera simultaneously which can come handy for many. Sadly, this method is not applicable to iPhone users.

To download the Nokia 8’s camera app, click on the link appearing below.

Download Nokia 8 Camera With Pro Camera Mode for All Android

Method 2: Using Social Media Apps like Snapchat or Instagram

While I am yet to find a stock camera app or a third-party camera app that supports toggling between the front and rear camera while recording videos, the inbuilt video recording feature of Social Media apps like Instagram and Snapchat lets us do the same. The only thing that is required to have access to these is the fact that you need to sign up for them. This method is applicable to both Android and iOS users.

For Instagram Users:

  • Open the official Instagram app from your device and tap on the camera icon from the top-left corner of your screen to enter the Story mode.
  • From the number of modes available for making Insta stories, choose the Hands-Free mode. You can access the Hands-Free mode by swiping left from the bottom half of your screen.
  • Now, while video recording is enabled you can double-tap anywhere on the screen to flip your camera.
  • Once done with video recording, tap on the save button from the bottom left corner of your display to save your footage on your device.

For Snapchat Users:

  • Open the official Snapchat app from your device and hold on the camera icon to start recording video.
  • While recording the video, use the other hand to double tap anywhere on the screen to flip the camera. Note that recording will be stopped if you stop holding the camera icon.
  • Once done with video recording, tap on the save button from the bottom left corner of your display to save your footage on your device.

Do not stop here, your work is not finished yet. Since Instagram and Snapchat only let its users record the video for a very limited time, you have to shoot multiple videos for a single shot and then merge all the videos together to complete your footage. If you are looking for apps to merge different videos together, here are some nice options which you can consider.

For Android Users:

For iOS Users:

These are the easiest ways to use both the front and the rear cameras to record video on your Android or iOS phone for the timebeing until we find any other stock or third-party app that supports this feature. I hope this article works the way it is intended to beLet us know about your experience trying out the methods mentioned in this article in the comments section down below. In case I missed mentioning anything or if there is some topic which you want me to cover, please let me know in the comments section down below.

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