iOS macro mode doesn't activate from within app

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Platform iOS

App version number, if a mobile app issue (shown under Settings or About): 3.3 build 711

Description of problem (please provide a set of steps we can use to replicate the issue, and make as many as you need.):

When using the iNat IOS app Camera button to take a photo of an insect, or moss, or otherwise something small, it never seems to switch into macro mode no matter how close I get. This is less than ideal for jumping spiders and other small critters, which usually end up out of focus when I take a picture with my phone.

If instead I switch to the built-in Camera app, the phone automatically switches into macro mode when I get close, and I get much better pictures for ID.

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I don’t think this is a bug. See also:

I’m not able to replicate on my iPhone 13 Pro running iOS 17.0.3 and iNat app 3.3 (711). If I move the camera close to my keyboard it switches to macro view.

Screen recording:

Also, apologies for my gross keyboard.

Not sure why you think this isn’t a bug. Those posts indicate it’s a problem too.

Interesting. I have an iPhone 15 Pro max at the moment, just updated to 17.1.1.

I just checked again and while the app doesL

  • let me switch between 0.5x, 1x, 2x and 5x zoom
  • let me manually pick the focus point
  • turn on the flash when needed

But it never moves into macro mode

Would you be able to make a screen recording of the issue and either share it here or send it to

Problem does not equal bug (the other posts are not bug reports). I was under the impression this is not something iNaturalist can control, but maybe that is not true.