7 ways to photograph the solar eclipse with your smartphone

Diagram showing using Google Pixel phone to photograph a solar eclipse
(Image credit: Google)

On Monday, April 8, 2024, millions of people across Mexico, Canada and the US will be able to see the total solar eclipse. But a lot more will be able to see a partial solar eclipse. But how do you photograph this event successfully and safely?

The vast majority of images of the eclipse will be attempted using a smartphone but, despite the quality vastly improving in recent years, imaging a partial solar eclipse using a phone is not easy. It’s necessary to use solar filters for the entire event – you must not look at this eclipse with the naked eye at any time – but by being careful and creative it is possible to get some great images of the event with a smartphone. 

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for www.WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.