How to Blur Photo Background with iPhone

How to Blur Photo Background with iPhone

Taking and sharing photos is a delight which majority of users enjoy on their iPhone. If you are one of those who are very active on social networking websites and prefer adding various effects, filters, sticker etc. to photos, you probably won’t miss one of the most popular effects called Blur effect, or “shallow depth of field” more professionally saying.

This technique is used to create an image where the subject is sharp, distinct, and highlighted by the blurring out of the background. It gives a very professional looking, DSLR-ly feel to photographs. It is more common used in a large camera like a DSLR. In a DSLR, depth of filed is easy to manage by changing the aperture of the lens. Sadly, this manual aperture control is not available to iPhone camera for the time being so it would be difficult to manually set the aperture when you want to blur background in photos.


Although it is difficult to create images with a blurry background with iPhone, I don’t mean it’s impossible. In this article we’ll show you how to take control of your iPhone’s focus to capture the photos with background defocus effects.

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How to Blur Background in Photos

Step 1: Turn on the Camera app. Note that only iPhone 6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus/5s/5c/5/4s/4 is able to blur background in a photo.

Step 2: Hold your iPhone about 7 to 20 centimeters ( about half of the size of your palm)away from the background you would like to blur, and then long press the screen, after that, move your finger out of the screen. You will see “AE /AF Lock” at the top of the screen.


Step 3: Hold your iPhone about 7 to 20 centimeters away from your subject, then your subject will be in perfect focus while the background will be blurred.

focus-on-the subject

Step 4: Hold your iPhone steadily, and then press the Volume button or Camera button to snap a picture. After all the steps have been done, you will get a photo with blurred background.


Actually, there are many outstanding camera apps that can provides defocus blur background features, you can make good use of them to add blur effects on your photographs. Apps to consider:

  • Big Lens
  • Tadaa SLR
  • Snapseed
  • Filterstorm Neue

You can try out these full-featured editing apps and then keep the ones that work best for your style and approach. As always, if you’ve got better idea to blur photo background, feel free to share with us in the comment below!

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