With Portrait mode, the camera creates a depth-of-field effect that keeps the subject sharp while blurring the background. You can use Portrait Mode with the Socialive mobile app on supported Apple devices. This article provides the steps to enable Portrait Mode within the Socialive mobile app.


To use Portrait Mode, you need to:

Supported Devices


  • iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus
  • iPhone X, XR, SE (2nd Gen)
  • iPhone XS, XS Max
  • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13, 13 mini, 13 Pro, 13 Pro Max

NOTE: Older iPhone models (7, 8, XR) may be used. However, given their limited processing power, guests may enter Energy Saver mode quickly after joining a broadcast and/or face other issues.


NOTE: With the front-facing camera only.

  • iPad Pro 11-inch (all generations)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation and later)


  1. Open the Socialive app and log in to your account.
  2. From the Join tab, tap Join to enter the Green Room.
  3. Turn your device horizontally and tap Continue.
  4. In the Green Room lobby, you will see some buttons to the right of your screen. Tap the Settings button (the 3 dots) on the bottom-right corner.
  5. In the Settings panel, tap Access iOS Video Effects.
  6. Tap to enable Portrait mode. Once it's enabled, the camera will focus on the subject and blur the background. Portrait mode will persist across all areas of the Socialive mobile app (e.g., internal recordings).

Still looking for an answer?

Contact Socialive Support via live chat, email at support@socialive.us, or submit a support ticket.