With iOS 11 it has become really easy to remove depth effects from portrait mode. You will be amazed at how easy the entire process is, so let’s get started!


  • You would be needing iOS 11 or later.
  • You need to have an iPhone model that is outfitted with a dual-lens camera. For instance the iPhone 7 Plus.
  • You won’t be able to remove the depth of field from portrait mode pictures that were not taken using a dual-lens camera.

These are some of the prerequisites that you need to ensure before proceeding forward.

Removing Depth Effect From Portrait Mode

  1. First thing first, you would have to open the Photos app on your iPhone.
  2. Now look for the image that you would like to remove the depth effect from, once you find it simply tap on it. Doing this will open the image on the entire screen, and you will see the DEPTH EFFECT option located at the upper-left corner of the screen. You will see this option only if the picture is taken in Camera App’s Portrait mode.
  3. Tips: There is an album dedicated to images taken in the portrait mode. They are automatically saved there, so instead of going through your entire gallery of photos, simply go to the Depth Effect album and find the picture you are looking for.
  4. Tap on the Edit button to make the desired changes.
  5. To disable the depth effect, you would have to tab the yellow Depth button. To bring back the effect tap the same button again.
  6. This can come handy especially when you believe that you have taken a good portrait but the depth effect algorithm ruined it for you. Now you can get back your original picture with just one click and you are good to go. No longer do you have to choose between the normal and the portrait mode for taking classy pictures.
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