Change your Google Camera app settings on your Pixel phone

You can change your photo and video settings. For example, you can turn location stamps on or off, save storage space, and control dirty lens warnings.

Turn off shutter sound

  1. Open your Google Camera app Google Camera. Learn how.
  2. At the top, tap the Down arrow  and then Settings .
  3. Turn off Camera sounds.

Turn off photo & video location stamps

  1. Open your Google Camera app Google Camera. Learn how.
  2. At the top, tap the Down arrow  and then Settings .
  3. Turn off Save location.

Tip: To view a timestamp for any photo, in the bottom right corner, tap the photo and then More . If you leave location stamps on, you’ll also get the photo location.

Reduce resolution to save storage space

Photos
  1. Open your Google Camera app Google Camera. Learn how.
  2. At the top, tap the Down arrow  and then Settings .
  3. Choose your camera photo resolution.
Videos
  1. Open your Google Camera app Google Camera. Learn how.
  2. To switch to Video mode, tap Video.
  3. At the top, tap the Down arrow .
  4. Next to “Resolution,” select Full HD.

Tip:  You can back up an unlimited number of photos and videos from a Pixel phone to Google Photos. Learn about Pixel phone backups.

Check photo and video storage space (Pixel 5 & Pixel 4a (5G))

To find out how many photos and minutes of video you can take on your Pixel phone:

  1. Open your Google Camera app Google Camera. Learn how.
  2. At the top, tap the Down arrow  .
  3. Tap Settings  and then Storage .
    • You can turn on Low storage mode.

Adjust your camera lens

Take a panorama
  1. Open your Google Camera app Google Camera. Learn how.
  2. Tap More and then Panorama .
  3. Tap Capture .
  4. Hold the lens steady while you move the camera horizontally. Be sure to keep the white frame aligned.
    • Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) only: To take a vertical panorama, rotate your phone vertically. Then, move your camera up or down.
  5. When you're done capturing your image, tap Stop recording .
Tip: To cancel a photo, tap Close Close.
Take a 360-degree Photo Sphere
  1. Open your Google Camera app Google Camera. Learn how.
  2. Tap More and then Photo Sphere and then the Down arrow .
    • To take a 360-degree photo, tap Panorama photo sphere .
    • To take a horizontal photo, tap Horizontal .
    • To take a vertical photo, tap Vertical .
    • To take a photo with a wide arc, tap Wide-angle .
    • To take a fisheye photo, tap Fisheye .
  3. Hold the target circle over a white dot. The dot will turn blue, then disappear.
  4. Move the camera to the next white dot as you hold the lens steady.
  5. Repeat until there are no more white dots, or tap Done Done.

Turn off dirty lens warnings

You may get a warning message if your camera senses that the lens is dirty. To turn off these messages:

  1. Open your Google Camera app Google Camera. Learn how.
  2. At the top, tap the Down arrow .
  3. Tap Settings  and then Advanced .
  4. Turn off Show dirty lens warning.

Change what your volume buttons do

  1. Open your Google Camera app Google Camera. Learn how.
  2. At the top, tap the Down arrow 
  3. Tap Settings  and then Gestures and then Volume key action.
  4. Select an option.

Turn on flash

To turn on flash for brighter photos:

  1. Open the Google Camera app Google Camera. Learn how
  2. To turn on flash, tap the Down arrow  and then Flash .

Turn on audio zoom (Pixel 5 only)

When you record videos, turn on audio zoom for better sound.

  1. Open the Google Camera app Google Camera. Learn how
  2. To switch to video mode, tap Video.
  3. To turn on audio zoom, tap the Down arrow  and then Settings .
  4. Turn on Audio zoom.
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