iPhone 13 Photos Blurry? Here’s the Quick Fix (2023)

What to Know

  • If your iPhone 13 photos are blurry, this is likely because your camera is shifting between lenses when it shouldn't be. 
  • To fix blurry photos, enable Macro Control and turn off Lens Correction in the Settings app. 

The iPhone 13 made a splash with the promise of exciting new camera capabilities. But many users have experienced issues that made them consider returning the new phones. Before you decide to throw in the towel, let me walk you through two easy ways to improve photo quality instantly on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Max Pro.

What’s in This Article

iPhone 13 Pro Macro Mode Photography Issues

The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have a fantastic new macro mode feature. Macro photography is close-up photography of small things such as plants or insects. To take these, your iPhone will automatically shift from the primary wide lens to the ultra-wide lens, which brings the subject closer and changes the focus. If the camera detects something within 5.5 inches of the lens, this will happen automatically. 

The automatic mode change can happen if something passes near the lens or in low light. Sometimes this happens even if there isn't anything close to the lens, and it can be frustrating. It can even cause you to miss a moment you are trying to capture because you need to take the time to refocus your camera. The two things that help are to turn on Macro Control and turn off Lens Correction.

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How to Turn On Macro Control

Some iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max users have noticed their iPhone camera zooming in too much, suddenly and unexpectedly. This may be due to the new auto macro mode feature rather than a camera malfunction or software glitch. While it is impossible to turn macro mode off, toggling on Macro Control makes it easier for you to understand it's on and manually turn it off.

  1. Open Settings.

    Open Settings.
  2. Tap on Camera.

    Tap on Camera.
  3. Toggle on Macro Control.

    Toggle off Auto Macro.
  4. With Macro Control toggled on, you’ll see the macro icon pop up any time it is activated automatically. Tap the icon to turn macro mode off.

    Tap the icon to turn macro mode off.

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How to Turn Off Lens Correction

Lens correction is another setting that can improve your photography, but it may also cause problems. To turn it off:

  1. Open Camera in Settings.

    Tap on Camera.
  2. Toggle off Lens Correction.

    Toggle off Lens Correction.

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Apple iPhone Camera Lenses Explained

These troubleshooting tips may help fix the problem, but understanding how the iPhone lenses and zoom work can also be useful. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini both have a dual-lens system, which has been the norm since iPhone 7 came out in 2016. One lens is wide, while the other is ultra-wide. These phones are capable of up to 5x digital zoom. 

The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max have three lenses. Two are the regular wide and ultra-wide, while the third is a telephoto lens. These phones are capable of 15x digital zoom but also 3x optical zoom. What is a telephoto camera smartphone lens? In simple terms, a telephoto lens has a higher focal length so that you can zoom in without compromising the quality of the photo.

3x zoom means that the longest focal length is three times the shortest. So a 3x zoom means that the lens has the power to enlarge an image ten times between normal focal length and telephoto length. Here's what the difference between 1x zoom and 3x zoom looks like on an iPhone 13 Pro Max:

3x Zoom Means - digital camera magnification vs optical zoom

The difference between optical and digital zoom is also essential to note. Digital zoom uses magnification technology to enlarge the area of the image by cutting down on the megapixels, which lowers the quality of the image. This means that zoom on iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini cameras is equivalent to cropping an image to magnify the subject. 

Optical zoom magnifies by leveraging the physical change in a lens to adjust the distance between the camera sensor and the subject resulting in high-quality magnification. If you use the 0.5x, 1x, or 3x zoom options on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, the image quality isn't compromised, making the camera significantly more powerful.

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Also, if you're just a shaky-handed photographer, taking photos in burst mode is a great way to ensure your capture the moment! It can take a while to get used to a new phone and all the features, including the camera options. It can be frustrating to learn how to master the new iPhone 13 camera features, but it is worth it! For more iPhone tips, such as how to zoom out in Portrait mode or how to prevent the camera shaking issue, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.


  • Why does my iPhone 13 camera keep refocusing?
    If you have an iPhone 13 Pro or Pro Max, your camera may be automatically shifting between the wide lens and ultra-wide lens (for macro photography) when it shouldn't be. To avoid blurry photos, you need to adjust two photography toggles in Settings.
  • How do I stop my iPhone 13 camera from auto-focusing?
    You need to adjust two settings to stop your iPhone 13 from auto-focusing: Macro Control and Lens Correction. To turn on Macro Control, open the Settings app, tap Camera, and toggle on Macro Control. Then, disable the Lens Correction toggle in your Camera settings. 
  • What does Lens Correction do on an iPhone? 
    Lens Correction is a photography setting that is automatically enabled on your iPhone. When you use the front-facing camera or the ultra-wide lens (for macro photography), the image is automatically enhanced to avoid image distortion and make the picture look more natural. 
  • What does Macro Control do on an iPhone?
    When you enable Macro Control in Settings, your Camera app displays a macro button when your iPhone is within macro distance of a subject. Then, you can tap the macro button to turn off automatic macro switching, and tap it again to turn automatic macro switching back on. This gives you better control if you're struggling with blurry photos.
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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life. In the last 10 years, she has been published in dozens of publications internationally and won an excellence award. Since joining iPhone Life in 2020, she has written how-to articles as well as complex guides about Apple products, software, and apps. Olena grew up using Macs and exploring all the latest tech. Her Maui home is the epitome of an Apple ecosystem, full of compatible smart gear to boot. Olena’s favorite device is the Apple Watch Ultra because it can survive all her adventures and travels, and even her furbabies.