How to Fix When You Can’t Turn Off Auto Enhance on iPhone 13

Wondering why you can’t turn off auto enhance on iPhone 13?

No one can argue about how great iPhones’ cameras are. They can capture amazing pictures and top-notch quality videos. The latest iPhone models feature incredible camera upgrades that will allow users to take photos like a pro. 

However, not everyone is happy about Apple’s latest camera tech. As it turns out, some users complained about their phones’ auto-enhancing images to the point of making them terrible or unnatural. 

At times, your iPhone can over-expose and over-saturate images. Sadly, there’s no amount of editing that can undo the damage to make images look natural and normal. 

In this guide, we’ll show you can turn off auto enhance on iPhone 13. 

Let’s get right into it!

1. Disable Full HDR. 

The latest iPhone models shoot at Dolby Vision HDR, which looks great for social media posts but not for post editing and color grading. If you don’t want any processing on your photos, we recommend turning off Full HDR. 

Here’s what you need to do: 

  1. On your iPhone, look for the Settings app and open it. 
  2. Now, go to Camera > Record Video
  3. Finally, disable the Full HDR option. 
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Try using your camera again to see if the quality improved. 

2. Shoot In Raw. 

As it turns out, the auto-enhance processing on the latest iPhone models is built-in to the camera’s sensors. This means that there’s no way for users to manually disable the feature on the software side. 

Due to this, we suggest shooting in RAW if you don’t want any of the image algorithms that your iPhone uses. 

We suggest using Halide Mark II to shoot in manual RAW mode. 

3. Use Burst Mode. 

For some users, shooting in burst mode allows them to bypass the auto-enhance feature on iPhone 13. With this mode, your device will take multiple shots of the subject. This way, you can choose the most natural image. 

Here’s what you need to do: 

  1. Launch the Settings app and go to the Camera tab. 
  2. From there, activate the ‘Use Volume Up for Burst’ option. 
  3. Close the Settings to save the changes. 
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Relaunch the Camera app and hit the volume up button to shoot in burst. Once done, head to Photos and select the best image from the burst selection. 

4. Use Live Photo. 

Another way to bypass the auto-enhance feature on iPhone 13 is to use live photos. Similar to burst mode, live mode will allow you to capture multiple shots of a single subject, allowing you to choose the best angle/shot. 

Simply take a photo with Live mode enabled. Now, head to the Photos app and choose the best angle/shot. 

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Basically, this changes the focus to a different point within the live photo, which prevents the auto-enhance feature from taking effect. This way, you’ll have access to an original, unedited version of a photo. 

5. Update Your iPhone. 

If none of the solutions above worked, the last thing you can do is update your device. Apple may have fixed the issues with its image processing algorithm, and the latest version of iOS might produce better quality images. 

See the steps below to update your device: 

  1. Open the Settings app on your iOS device. 
  2. After that, go to General > Software Update
  3. Finally, go to Automatic Updates and enable all the options under it. 
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Restart your phone afterward and wait for the update to get installed. 

That ends our guide on what to do if you can’t turn off auto enhance on iPhone 13. If you have questions, please let us know in the comment section, and we’ll do our best to answer them. 

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  • John Sixto

    John is a staff writer at Saint and comes from a SAP ABAP development background. He has a Bachelors in IT and has been writing since 2018, with over 500 posts published. He loves to build PCs and has a deep curiosity in understanding how different components and configurations work. John spends hundreds of hours at a time, researching and testing the software and apps, before he proceeds to write about it. LinkedIn X (Twitter) Website

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