How to Know if a Photo is Clicked in Night Mode on iPhone

iPhone cameras have been the industry standard for mobile photography and videography for a long time. Despite lower-powered sensors, Apple’s superior software processing has always given them an edge over the competition when it comes to mobile photography.

Last year Apple introduced the ability to capture images in Night Mode on modern iPhones to help combat low light situations and here’s how you can find photos clicked in Night Mode on your device. 

What is Night Mode in iPhone’s camera?

Cameras use neat tricks to expose the sensor for longer times to capture well-lit subjects. This includes using a larger aperture, higher ISO values, longer shutter speeds, and more. A combination of these three at the right settings can help you capture even the most dimly lit objects in your vicinity.

Apple’s Night Mode does exactly this without the need for any human intervention.

iOS automatically uses the data from your light sensor to determine the appropriate ISO, Aperture, and shutter speed values for your camera to capture low light situations.

This is the new Night Mode on iOS and it is usually automatically activated depending on your lighting conditions. 

How to find if a photo is clicked in Night Mode

You can easily find Photos clicked in Night Mode from the Photos app. If you wish to find multiple photos, then you can also use a batch metadata reader on your desktop.

Follow the guide below to find photos clicked in Night Mode on your mobile device. 

Open the Photos app and find and tap on the Photo whose details you wish to see.


Tap on the ‘i’ icon at the bottom of your screen. 

You will now get the image’s EXIF data on your screen. Look towards the bottom right corner of the data and you should find the shutter speed at which the photo was taken.

If you see a moon icon beside the shutter speed, then your image was clicked in Night Mode. If not, then the image was clicked in normal mode. 

And that’s how you can find photos clicked in Night Mode on your iOS 15 device. 

What if there is no Night Mode indicator?

If you do not have a Night Mode indicator then it is likely that Night Mode was disabled on your device when the photo was clicked.

If this seems unlikely due to the low light conditions, then you might have manually disabled Night Mode for your Camera app in the Settings app.

A good way would be to check your Shutter Speed, if it is anything slower than 1/60th or 1/90th of a second then it is likely that iOS tried clicking the photo in Night Mode but was unable to do so as Night Mode was manually disabled on your device.

You can re-enable Night Mode by going to Settings > Camera > Preserve Settings > Night Mode. Simply turn on the toggle for Night Mode and your phone should now be able to click photos in Night Mode automatically. 

We hope this guide helped you find photos clicked in Night Mode on your iPhone easily. If you face any issues, feel free to reach out to us using the comments section below. 


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