Use camera features on your Chromebook

You can use the camera on your Chromebook to take photos or videos, edit and print photos, and scan documents.

Take a photo or video or scan a document with your Chromebook

  1. In the corner of your screen, select Launcher .
  2. Open Camera .
  3. At the bottom, choose an option:
    • Select Photo and then Take photo .
    • Select Portrait and then Take photo .
    • Select Video and then Start recording .
    • Select Square and then Take photo .
    • Select Scan and then Document or QR code and then Scan .

Change how photos or videos are captured

  • Change your settings: Select Settings . Change the size of the grid, the length of the timer, or the camera resolution.
  • Flip your photo from left to right: Select Mirroring .
  • Use gridlines to straighten photos: Select Grid .
  • Switch between cameras: At the left, select Switch camera .
    • Tip: You can only switch cameras if you plug in an external camera or your Chromebook has 2 built-in cameras.
  • Take photos with a timer: Select Timer .
  • Take photos with the volume buttons: When your Chromebook is in tablet mode, you can press the up or down volume button to take a photo. Learn more about tablet mode.
  • Take a photo while you record a video: While you record a video, select Take video snapshot .
  • Pause a recording: You can pause a recording, and continue recording on the same video later.
    • Important: When you pause a video recording, your Chromebook will save the video unless you delete it.
  • Pan, tilt, and zoom your camera: Select Pan, tilt, and zoom .
    • Tip: If you don’t have this option, your camera doesn’t support pan, tilt, and zoom.

Tap here to see an interactive tutorial

Use the camera with Google Assistant
You can ask your Google Assistant to help you take photos, videos, and scan documents. First, set up Google Assistant on your Chromebook. Then, say “Ok Google” or “Hey Google,” and use the commands below.
Open the camera: “Launch my camera.” 
Take a picture: “Take my picture.”
Take a portrait: “Take a portrait photo.” 
Record video: “Take a video.”
Find or save your photos or videos
  • Find your photos and videos: In the Camera app , on the bottom right, select your most recent photo or video.
  • Find new photos and videos: In Files , select My files and then Camera. Older photos and videos may be found in the "Downloads" folder. Learn how to store your downloaded files.
Edit, delete, or print your photos
  1.  Select the photo you want to edit.
    • Tip:  In the Camera app ,  on the bottom right, you can select your most recent photo or video.
  2. Choose an option:
    • Rename a photo: At the top left, select the filename. To save the new name, press Enter.
    • Crop or rotate your photo: At the top, select Crop & rotate .
    • Change your photo’s width and height: At the top, select Rescale .
    • Adjust contrast or brightness: At the top, select Lighting filters .
    • Undo or redo changes: Select Undo  or Redo .
    • Delete a photo: At the top, select Delete .
    • Print a photo: At the top right, select More  Print.

Tip: To do more advanced photo editing, you can use an app like Google Photos, Pixlr Editor, or Sumo Paint.

Scan a document

Important: For best results:

  • If available, use your external or back camera to scan.
  • Use a background that’s a different color than your document.
  • Align all edges of the document within the camera frame.
  • Scan in a well lit space.

To scan a single page:

  1. Open Camera .
  2. At the bottom, select Scan and then Document.
  3. Place the document to be scanned inside the viewfinder.
  4. Once detected, press the shutter button .
  5. To save your document, select Save as photo or Save as PDF.
    • To recapture, select Retake.

To scan multiple pages:

  1. Open Camera  
  2. At the bottom, select Scan and then Document.
  3. Place the first document to be scanned inside the viewfinder.
  4. Once detected, press the shutter button .
  5. Instead of saving, select Multi-page Multi-page.
  6. Repeat Steps 3-5 until each page is scanned.
    • To remove pages, select Trash .
  7. To save your documents, select Save as PDF.
Scan a QR Code
  1. Open Camera .
  2. At the bottom, select Scan and then QR code.
  3. Center your QR Code in the QR Code finder window on your screen.
  4. At the top of the QR Code finder, select the link to open a new Chrome tab. 
    • To copy the link to your clipboard, select the copy button.

"QR Code" is a registered trademark of Denso Wave Incorporated in Japan and other countries.


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