Article ID : SX900802 / Last Modified : 01/27/2021

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

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    Valid for

    • Android 11
    • Android™ 10
    • Android 9 (Pie)

    Ways to quickly launch the camera from the lock screen

    Note: Smart launch (Xperia® 1, Xperia 5 and Xperia XZ3): Swiftly lift your device in landscape modem and aim the camera towards an object. For more info, check out the article What is Smart launch?

    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 CameraSettingsLaunch with camera key.

    Swipe the camera icon

    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 SettingsSystemGesturesPower key behaviorLaunch camera.
    2. When the screen is in sleep mode or from the lock screen, press the power key twice.