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Microsoft Adding Long Awaited Camera Button on Lock Screen for Windows 10 Mobile


Some internal of a future build show a button on the that opens the device straight to the Camera App.

is seemingly working on giving users a Windows 10 Mobile feature that has been long requested among longtime fans of the platform.

Internal builds for an upcoming Mobile update show a lock screen feature that gives the ability to jump straight into the camera application.

Sure, it is not an earth shattering feature, and is admittedly already on Android and iOS, but this has been requested on Windows since way back on Windows Phone 8.1 three years ago.

While it is always worth remembering that an internal build could change by time it reaches end users, it seems as though Microsoft is finally brining direct access to the camera app from the lock screen.


Holding down the Camera button on the navigation bar on the lock screen for a second will do the trick, with the handset giving off a subtle vibration before opening the Camera app. Those rocking smartphones with a dedicated camera button may be wondering what all the fuss is about, but for those without such a button, this is a solid feature to get.

Better later than never, and there will even be room for improvement through future upgrades. That's because at the moment the button is not customizable, although that could change before Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update arrives.

A good sign of whether this feature is imminent will be the next Insider preview build, which is expected to land next week. Hopefully Insiders will be able to get to grips with the Camera button on the lock screen and shed some light on the future … ball is in your court Microsoft.

SOURCE: WinBeta via Windows Central
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Luke Jones
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Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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