Article ID : 00263823 / Last Modified : 06/16/2021

How can I quickly launch the camera from the lock screen?

Is there a fast way to take a photo? / How can I quickly open the camera? / How can I take a picture without having to unlock my screen first? / How can I take a photo from the lock screen with the camera key? / How can I fast activate the camera from the lock screen? / Can I open the camera with the power button?

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    Note: In Xperia 1 III & Xperia 5 III, the Camera app function has been merged to Photography Pro basic mode.

    Overview of ways to quickly launch the camera from the lock screen

    • Press the camera key
      • If your device has a dedicated camera key, you can use it to quickly launch the camera. This feature is activated by default.
        • When the screen is in sleep mode or from the lock screen, press and hold down the camera key until the camera launches.
      • You can adjust this feature so that the camera will both launch and capture a picture, or turn the feature off, by going into Photography ProMenuLaunch with camera keyOff
    • Swipe the camera icon from the lock screen

      1. To activate the screen, briefly press the Power key.
      2. To launch the camera, swipe the camera icon upwards.
    • Press the power key twice

      1. Find and tap SettingsSystemGesturesJump to camera/Quickly open camera
      2. Toggle the slider on/off
      3. When the screen is in sleep mode or from the lock screen, press the Power key twice.