Article ID : 00267885 / Last Modified : 31/08/2021

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

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

    You can quickly launch the camera from the lock screen using one of the following methods: 

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


    Press the camera key

    • If your device has a dedicated camera key, you can use it to launch the camera quickly. 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.