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Use Google Camera

  1. Open the Google Camera app
  2. Take a photo
  3. Take a panorama, wide-angle or fish-eye photo
  4. Record a video

Manage Google Camera settings

  1. Change your photo and video settings

Google Camera troubleshooting

  1. Fix problems with your camera

Accessibility for Google Camera on Android

  1. Use TalkBack with Google Camera

Use Google Camera

  1. Open the Google Camera app

    You can use the latest version of Google Camera on some Nexus devices.

    • Nexus 6P
    • Nexus 6
    • Nexus 5X
    • Nexus 9

    Note: Android isn't the same on all devices. These instructions are for devices running Android 7.0 and up. Check which version of Android you have.

    Open Google Camera

    To open Google Camera, on your Home screen, tap the Google Camera app camera. If you don’t see the Camera app, tap All Apps Apps menu and then Google Camera app camera.

    Tip: To open Google Camera from your lock screen, swipe right to left or away from the camera icon in the bottom-right.

    Note: If your Nexus device is not a Nexus 9 and is running Android 6.0 or higher, to open Google Camera you can quickly press the Power button twice.

    Use Google Camera features

    Some features are only available on some Nexus phones.

    Photo burst

    You can take a series of several photos quickly on Nexus 6P phones.

    Automatic HDR+

    You can automatically adjust photos taken in dark or backlit areas on Nexus 5X, 6 and 6P phones.

    Slow-mo video

    You can record videos in slow motion on Nexus 5X and 6P phones.

  2. Take a photo

    You can take photos using Google Camera.

    1. Open the Google Camera app camera.
    2. Point your camera and wait for it to focus and expose.
      • To zoom in, pinch open on your screen.
      • To zoom out, pinch closed on your screen.
      • To focus on and expose for the subject of your photo, tap it on your screen.
    3. Tap Capture photo Capture photo.

    To see photos that you’ve saved, in the bottom-right corner, tap the image.

    Take a photo burst

    To take a series of photos quickly on a Nexus 6P, touch and hold Capture photo Capture photo. Release when you’ve finished.

    Take photos with Android Wear

    If you have an Android Wear device synced with your Nexus phone, you can take pictures with Google Camera using your watch as a remote control.

    1. Open the Google Camera app camera.
    2. On your watch, find and tap Remote.
    3. Touch the camera card.
    4. To take a photo, tap the shutter button on your watch. When your phone takes a photo, your watch vibrates and flashes.
    5. You’ll see a thumbnail of the photo on your watch screen.

    Take photos with lens blur

    You can blur the background of your photos to make the subject of your photo stand out.

    1. Open the Google Camera app camera.
    2. In the top-left, tap Menu Menu and then Lens Blur.
    3. Aim your camera and wait for it to focus.
    4. Tap Capture photo Capture photo.
    5. Follow the on-screen prompts.

    Change blur and focus in a photo

    After you’ve taken a photo with lens blur, you can edit the focus and lens blur.

    1. Open the Google Camera app camera.
    2. In the bottom-left, tap the photo.
    3. Slide left or right to the photo that you want to edit.
    4. Under the photo, tap Blur lens blur. If you don’t see it, the photo wasn’t taken with blur.
      • To change your focus, tap the spot on the photo that you want to focus on.
      • To adjust the focus size and blur intensity, slide left or right on the slider.
    Improve your photos with camera features

    You can find feature controls in the corners of your screen.

    • To swap between the front and back cameras, tap Switch Switch camera
    • To switch between automatic camera flash, camera flash on or camera flash off, tap Flash flash auto button.
    • To set your camera for no delay, a three-second delay or a ten-second delay, tap Timer countdown timer
    • To capture more detail in your photo, especially outdoors or in dim lighting, tap HDR+ HDR mode. Tap it again to turn it off.

    Note: On Nexus 5X, 6 and 6P devices you can set HDR+ to automatically adjust.

  3. Take a panorama, wide-angle or fish-eye photo

    You can take take large scenic photos compiled from many smaller photos.

    1. Open the Google Camera app camera.
    2. In the top-left, tap Menu Menu and then Panorama.
      • To take a horizontal 360-degree photo, tap Horizontal horizontal panorama button.
      • To take a vertical 360-degree photo, tap Vertical vertical panorama button.
      • To take a photo with a wider arc, tap Wide-angle wide-angle button.
      • To take a fisheye photo, tap Fisheye fish-eye button.
    3. Tap Capture photo Capture photo.
    4. Hold the target circle over a grey dot on the screen until it disappears.
    5. Move the camera to find the next grey dot, keeping the lens in the same position.
    6. Repeat until there are no grey dots visible, or tap Done Finished.

    To see photos you’ve saved, go to the bottom-right and tap the image.

    Note: To cancel a panorama photo, tap Cancel Close.

    Take a photo sphere

    You can take a fully spherical 360-degree photo sphere.

    1. Open the Google Camera app camera.
    2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Photo Sphere.
    3. Hold the target circle over a grey dot on the screen until it disappears.
    4. Move the camera to find the next grey dot, keeping the lens in the same position.
    5. Repeat until there are no grey dots visible, or tap Done Finished.

    Note: To cancel a photo sphere, tap Cancel Close.

  4. Record a video

    You can record real time and slow motion videos.

    1. Open the Google Camera app camera.
    2. To switch to video mode, swipe from left to right.
    • To turn your camera flash on or off, tap Flash flash auto button.
    • To swap between the front and back cameras, tap Switch Switch camera.
      1. To start recording, tap Capture Record.
      2. To stop recording, tap Stop Stop.

    Notes: To go back to photo mode, swipe from left to right.

    To see photos and videos you’ve saved, go to the bottom-right and tap the image.

    Record slow motion videos

    You can take slow motion videos on Nexus 5X and 6P phones.

    Note: If you record 240-fps slow motion video, it’ll take up more space on your device.

    1. Open the Google Camera app camera.
    2. In the top-left, tap Menu Menu.
    3. Tap Slow-mo.
      • To turn your camera flash on or off, tap Flash flash auto button.
      • To swap between the front and back cameras, tap Switch Switch camera.
      • On Nexus 6P, tap the button in the bottom left to switch between 120-fps and 240-fps.
    4. To start recording, tap Capture Record.
    5. To stop recording, tap Stop Stop.

Manage Google Camera settings

  1. Change your photo and video settings

    You can adjust several important settings for Google Camera.

    Save memory space

    If you want to save space on your phone or tablet, change your camera resolution. Lower-resolution photos and videos take up less space, but have lower image quality.

    1. Open Google Camera camera.
    2. In the top-left, tap Menu Menu and then Settings.
    3. Tap Resolution & quality.
    4. Choose a viewing mode.
    5. Tap the resolution and aspect ratio that you want to use.

    Turn off photo locations

    Google Camera attaches your current location when you take photos or videos to help sort and search them, but you can turn this off.

    1. Open Google Camera camera.
    2. In the top-left, tap Menu Menu and then Settings.
    3. Next to "Save location", turn the switch off.

    Change your photo burst settings

    On a Nexus 6P, you can change how your camera uses photo bursts.

    1. Open Google Camera camera.
    2. In the top-left, tap Menu Menu and then Settings.
    3. Tap Burst settings.
      • To save every photo in a burst, next to "Smartburst", tap the switch off.
      • To make animated slideshows, collages or GIFs from your photo bursts, next to "Auto-generate creations", tap the switch on.

Google Camera troubleshooting

  1. Fix problems with your camera

    You can take a few easy steps to fix many problems with your camera.

    Step 1: Clean your camera lens and laser

    If your photos and videos are a little blurry, there might be dust and dirt on your camera lens. If you have a Nexus 5X or 6P, it’s also important to keep the laser sensor clean. See the lens and laser locations on your device.

    To clean your camera lens and laser sensor, gently wipe it with a soft, clean cloth.

    Note: On a Nexus 6P, the laser sensor is under the glass visor on the back of the device.

    Step 2: Restart your phone

    Sometimes all you need to do to fix an issue is turn your phone off and on again.

    1. Press and hold the power button.
    2. Tap Power off.
    3. After your phone turns off, press and hold the Power button until your phone turns back on.
    4. Open the Google Camera app camera.
    5. Check to see if your issue is resolved.

    Step 3: Update your apps

    If the problem persists, you can try updating your apps.

    1. Open the Google Play Store Google Play.
    2. Tap Menu Menu and then My apps & games.
    3. Check to see if any apps need to be updated. If you need to update apps, tap Update.
    4. Open the Google Camera app camera.
    5. Check to see if your issue is resolved.

    Step 4: Check if other apps are causing the problem

    If updating didn’t help, you can try running Google Camera with your phone in Safe mode.

    1. Press and hold the power button.
    2. Tap Power off.
    3. After your phone turns off, press and hold the power button until your phone turns back on.
    4. When you see the Google logo on your screen, press and hold the volume down button until you see your Home screen.
    5. Open the Google Camera app camera.
    6. Check to see if your issue is resolved.

    Google Camera works in Safe mode

    If Google Camera works in Safe mode, another app might be the problem.

    1. Restart your device to exit safe mode.
    2. Uninstall your most recently downloaded app.
    3. Open the Google Camera app camera.
    4. Check to see if your issue is resolved. If not, repeat step 2.
    5. If your problem was fixed, you can reinstall the apps you removed.

    Google Camera doesn't work in safe mode

    If Google Camera doesn’t work in safe mode, Try to see more ways to fix an app.

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 more help.

    Use TalkBack with Google Camera

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

    • Change the type of photo that 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 the Settings button.

    Turn on TalkBack

    1. On your device, go to Settings Settings.
    2. Under "System", touch Accessibility.

    To find detailed instructions for your device, go to TalkBack setup help.

    Find out more

    Get more information about navigating with TalkBack in these articles:

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

    To find out more about accessibility on Android, go to the Android Accessibility Help Centre.