Smartphone is now widely used for taking photos. It will probably replace the point-and-shoot cameras in next a few years.
But one of the most annoying things of using smartphone cameras is the lack of the hardware camera button. Actually, Android phones have less and less hardware buttons and now most of them only have power button and volume rocker.
You may wonder whether you can use the volume button to take photos in Galaxy Note 4.
The answer is Yes. Actually, this is the default behavior. In other words, by default, you can use volume button to take photos in your new Galaxy Note 4 without any settings.
Both the volume up and volume down buttons work in the identical way. You can use either of them to take photos in Galaxy Note 4.
If for some reason, you cannot take photos with the volume button, or if you want to disable this feature, you can follow the following steps to change the settings for volume key in Galaxy Note 4 camera app.
Step 1: start Camera app in your Galaxy Note 4.
Step 2: tap the settings icon, then the more (three dots) icon as shown below in the photo preview page of the camera app.
Step 5: tap anywhere to exit the option.
As you may notice, in addition to taking pictures, the volume button can be configured for other functions in Galaxy Note 4:
- Record video. If this is selected, after starting the Camera app, you can start to record a video by pressing the volume button.
- Zoom. You can use volume up to zoom in and volume down to zoom out. Please note, Galaxy Note 4 only have the digital zoom. So the image quality may deteriorate when zoom is used.
Although you can use volume button to take photos in Galaxy Note 4, volume key cannot be acted as a hardware camera button. You must start the camera app in your Galaxy Note 4 before you can use volume button to take photos. You cannot start Galaxy Note 4 camera app with the volume key.
Of course, you can start camera app by tapping the icon, or through Google Now voice command or through S Voice.
Please post your questions on comments on using volume button to take photos in Galaxy Note 4 in the comment box below.
You are also welcomed to post your own tips and tricks of using volume key to take photos in Galaxy Note 4.
More how-to guides , tips and tricks for using Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are available at Galaxy Note 4 how-to guides page.
Andrew C says
Would be good if you could turn off the volume button feature entirely. It is all too easy to push it by accident when holding it sideways. Doesn’t look like this is possible?
No, the stock camera app always uses the volume buttons. You can only choose the functions. But there is no option to disable it.
Some third party camera apps may not use the volume buttons.
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