Use Google Camera

  1. Open the Google Camera app

    Some of this information applies only to devices running Android 4.4 or higher.

    Open Google Camera by touching camera from your Home Screen or finding it in the All Apps menu . If you don't have it, you can get Google Camera from the Google Play Store.

    Tip: Quickly get to the camera from your lock screen by swiping from right to the left on the screen. You may need to enter your screen lock, too.

    Choose your photo or video mode

    Google Camera modes at a glance

    In Google Camera, swipe from left to right to choose a mode:

    • camera mode Camera: Take photos.
    • video camera Video: Record videos.
    • panorama mode Panorama: Take panoramic, wide-angle, or fisheye photos.
    • photo sphere mode Photo Sphere: Capture 360-degree spherical photos.
    • lens blur Lens Blur: Blur the background of a photo.
  2. Take photos and videos

    First, learn camera gestures

    When taking a photo or video, use these techniques to change your photo's focus.

    Zoom in, zoom out, and change focus
    • Zoom out: Pinch two fingers together on the screen.
    • Zoom in: Spread two fingers apart on the screen.
    • Change focus: The camera will automatically focus, but you can touch another part of the screen to move the focus there.

    Tip: Left-handed? Turn your device sideways to move capture buttons to the left.

    Instructions and tips for photos and videos

    Take photos
    1. In Google Camera, swipe from left to right, then touch Camera camera mode.
    2. To take a photo, touch camera mode or one of your device's volume buttons. There might be a slight delay as the camera auto-focuses.

    Tip: Try HDR+ mode, which snaps a rapid burst of photos and combines them to give you a single shot. Turn HDR+ mode on in Google Camera settings.

    Take photo with the timer

    NOTE: The timer isn't available when HDR+ is turned on.

    1. In Google Camera, swipe from left to right, then touch Camera camera mode
    2. Touch the three dots in the screen's lower right.
    3. Touch the timer countdown timer once to use the 3-second timer. Touch again for the 10-second timer.
    4. To start the timer, touch camera mode or one of the volume buttons. The photo will be taken after either 3 seconds or 10 seconds.
    Record a video
    1. In Google Camera, swipe from left to right, then touch Video  video camera.
    2. To start recording, touch video camera.
    3. To stop recording, touch the stop icon.
    Take a photo while recording a video
    1. In Google Camera, swipe from left to right, then touch Video video camera.
    2. To start recording, touch video camera.
    3. To take a photo, touch anywhere on the screen or one of your device's volume buttons. The video will keep recording.
    4. To stop recording, touch the stop icon.
    Use Android Wear to take a photo

    You can use your watch to take photos using the Google Camera app on your phone. This is useful if you want to be in a photo that is being taken on your phone.

    1. In Google Camera on your phone, swipe from left to right, then touch Camera camera mode.
    2. On your watch, you’ll see a card for your camera that says "Remote." You might have to swipe through your cards to see it.
    3. Touch the camera card and a shutter button will appear.
    4. To take the photo, touch the shutter button on your watch to start the countdown.
    5. When the countdown reaches 0, your watch will vibrate and flash its screen as the camera on your phone takes a photo. There may be a slight delay while the camera focuses.
    6. Your watch will show a thumbnail of the photo for a few seconds until your screen dims. Then you can you view the photo in the Google Camera app on your phone.

    Tip: To view your most recent photo or video, swipe from right to left. Keep swiping left if you took multiple photos or videos, or swipe right to return to the camera.

  3. Take a panorama, wide-angle, or fisheye photo

    Capture images larger than the size of your screen, wide-angle, or fisheye photos using Panorama mode.

    NOTE: Your device needs to have a gyroscope and at least 1 gigabyte of memory to use this feature.

    Take a panoramic photo
    1. In Google Camera, swipe from left to right, then touch Panorama panorama mode.
    2. Touch the three horizontal dots in the lower right corner of the screen, then choose a type of panorama:
      • horizontal panorama button Horizontal: Touch to take a horizontal 360-degree panoramic photo or just hold your device horizontally.
      • vertical panorama button Vertical: Touch to take a vertical 360-degree panoramic photo or just hold your device vertically.
      • wide-angle button Wide-angle: Touch to take a photo that captures a wide view.
      • fisheye button Fisheye: Touch to take a 180-degree fisheye photo.
    3. To start your panorama, touch panorama mode.
    4. You'll see grey dots on the screen. Slowly swivel the phone and hold the target over each dot until it turns blue.
    5. Continue until all the dots are blue, then touch the check mark at the bottom of the screen.

    You may see a progress bar while Google Camera saves the image.

    To view your most recent photo, swipe from right to left. Keep swiping left if you took multiple photos, or swipe right to return to the camera view.

  4. Create a photo sphere

    You can create a 360° panoramic image, called a photo sphere, from your Android phone. Photograph the world around you and even what’s above and below you. You can also create photo spheres manually with a DSLR camera and third party panorama software.

    NOTE: Your device needs to have at least 1 gigabyte of memory to use this feature.

    Make a photo sphere with your Nexus device running Android 4.4 or higher
    1. Open the camera app on your phone.
    2. Swipe to the right and touch Photo Sphere.
    3. Hold your device vertically, close to your body.
    4. Adjust the camera angle so the blue dot is centered inside the circle. Hold the camera steady until a frame of the scene appears.
    5. Rotate yourself and your camera slowly, following the dots through the area you want to capture.
    6. [Optional] Undo a single shot in your photo sphere by clicking the undo button.
    7. Touch the check mark at the bottom of the screen when done.
    Make a photo sphere with your iOS device
    1. Open the Photo Sphere Camera app on your phone.
    2. Tap the orange camera button.
    3. Hold your device vertically, close to your body.
    4. Adjust the camera angle so the orange dot is centered inside the circle. Hold the camera steady until a frame of the scene appears.
    5. Rotate yourself and your camera slowly, following the dots through the area you want to capture.
    6. [Optional] Undo a single shot in your photo sphere by clicking the undo button.
    7. Touch the check mark at the bottom of the screen when done.
    Tips for capturing great photo spheres
    • Start capturing your photo sphere around the horizon, then capture above and below
    • Slightly tilt the phone up or down, keeping your phone in roughly the same location
    • Capture several photos (most devices will require 10 photos for a full sphere)
       
    Create a photo sphere with your DSLR camera

    If you have a professional-style DSLR camera, you can also create more advanced, higher-quality panoramas.

    1. Take your photos: Take a series of overlapping photos that together cover a full 360°. You can buy tripod mounts made specifically for this purpose.
    2. Remember your location: Make a note of where you’ve photographed so you can add this information into the image file later.
    3. Combine your photos: Using panorama stitching software of your choice, create a 360 degree panorama and save the image as a jpeg.

    Learn how to upload your photo sphere from your computer.

    Discuss photo spheres
    For info on how to create and use photo spheres, panorama metadata and other details of particular interest to developers, visit the Google Developers Photo Sphere site.

    Next steps: Share your photo sphere to Google+ and Google Maps

  5. Blur the background of a photo

    You can make the subject of your photo stand out by blurring the background. This works best for close-ups of people, food, or nature.

    NOTE: Your device needs to have at least 1 gigabyte of memory to use this feature.

    Take a photo using Lens Blur
    1. In Google Camera, swipe from left to right, then touch Lens Blur lens blur .
    2. To start the photo, aim the camera at your subject and touch lens blur.
    3. When prompted, slowly move the device up, keeping the camera's focus centered on the subject.

    To view your most recent photo, swipe from right to left. Keep swiping left if you took multiple photos, or swipe right to return to the camera view.

  6. View photos and videos

    You can view your most recent photos and videos directly in Google Camera:

    • Swipe from right to left on any screen to see recent photos.
    • If you took multiple photos or videos, keep swiping left to scroll through them.

    You can also view your photos using the Google Photos app Photos icon. Learn more about viewing and organizing your photos.

Manage Google Camera settings

  1. Change resolution, quality, and viewfinder aspect ratio

    Settings may vary by device and version of Android.

    Resolution and quality
    1. In Google Camera, swipe from left to right, then touch settings .
    2. Touch Resolution & quality.
    3. Touch a mode to change its resolution or image quality.
    Viewfinder aspect ratio

    You can use your device's entire screen to take a photo by changing the viewfinder aspect ratio.

    1. In Google Camera, swipe from left to right, then touch settings .
    2. Touch Resolution & quality.
    3. Under "Camera," select Back camera photo or Front camera photo.
    4. Change the viewfinder size by selecting the option for 4:3 or 16:9 in the parentheses for your preferred resolution.
  2. Turn camera and video features on or off

    You can change what features you want to use for Camera, Video, and Lens Blur modes. Settings may vary by device and version of Android.

    Camera feature settings
    1. In Google Camera, swipe from left to right, then touch Camera camera mode.
    2. Touch the three horizontal dots in the screen's lower right corner.
    3. Touch the icons to turn features on or off:
      • countdown timer Timer: Turn on 3-second or 10-second timer for front or back camera. The timer isn't available when HDR+ is turned on.
      • gridlines button Grid: Turn gridlines in your viewfinder on or off.
      • HDR button High Dynamic Range: Capture greater detail in bright or dark areas of a photo. This setting isn’t available on all devices.
      • flash auto button Flash mode: Turn flash on, off, or set to auto (you'll see an "A" next to the flash icon).
      • back camera button Switch camera: Switch between the front and back cameras.
    Video feature settings
    1. In Google Camera, swipe from left to right, then touch Video video camera.
    2. Touch the three horizontal dots in the screen's lower right corner.
    3. Touch the icons to turn features on or off:
      • gridlines button Grid: Turn gridlines in your viewfinder on or off.
      • flash auto button Flash mode: Turn flash on, off, or set to auto (you'll see an "A" next to the flash icon).
      • back camera button Switch video camera: Switch between the front and back cameras.
    Lens Blur feature settings
    1. In Google Camera, swipe to the right, then touch Lens Blur lens blur.
    2. Touch the three horizontal dots in the screen's lower right corner.
    3. Touch the icons to turn features on or off:
      • gridlines button Grid: Turn gridlines in your viewfinder on or off.
      • back camera button Switch camera: Switch between the front and back cameras.
  3. Change photo location settings

    You can choose whether Google Camera stores location information for photos you take.

    Save photo location
    1. In Google Camera, swipe from left to right, then touch settings .
    2. Slide the switch next to "Save location" to On or Off.

Google Camera troubleshooting

  1. Try restarting your device

    Rebooting your device gives it a fresh start and is sometimes all you need to fix your issue.

    Steps to restart your device
    1. Press and hold the Power button until you see the menu on your screen.
    2. Touch Power off.
    3. Touch OK.
    4. After your device turns off, press and hold the Power button until the device turns back on.
    5. Open the Google Camera app to see if the issue is resolved.
  2. Find out if another app is causing the problem

    The problem may be caused by an app that you downloaded. Reboot your device in safe mode to see if another app is causing the problem.

    Try using safe mode to pinpoint problem apps
    1. Follow these steps to turn on safe mode.
    2. Once you're in safe mode, open Google Camera to see if your issue has been fixed.

    If Google Camera works in safe mode

    1. Restart your device to exit safe mode.
    2. Uninstall recently downloaded apps one by one to see if you can find the app that’s causing issues.
    3. Once you remove the app that's causing the problem, you can reinstall the apps you removed in testing.

    If Google Camera doesn't work in safe mode

    Try other ways to fix an app that isn't working properly, such as stopping it or clearing its data.

    If you continue to have issues, contact the Google Play hardware support team.

Accessibility for Google Camera on Android

  1. Use TalkBack with Google Camera

    You can use the TalkBack screen reader on Android with Google Camera to take photos and videos and get additional help.

    Use TalkBack with Google Camera

    You can enable TalkBack in Settings > Accessibility. To find detailed instructions for your device, go to TalkBack setup help.

    With TalkBack, you can navigate Google Camera using standard navigation gestures and touch exploration. For example, you can:

    • Change the type of photo you want to take by double-tapping Mode list.
    • Navigate to photos taken by double-tapping Filmstrip.
    • Change your Google Camera settings by double-tapping Mode list, then double-tapping Settings button.

    Get more information about navigating with TalkBack in these articles:

    Use TalkBack to get mobile help
    1. Double-tap Mode list.
    2. Double-tap Settings button.
    3. Double-tap Help & feedback.
    4. Select Google Camera help content from the list of suggested articles.

    Go to the Android Accessibility Help Center to learn more about accessibility on Android.