Get started with photos on your Pixel phone

You can take a photo on the camera on your phone in different ways. Use this article to get started taking photos and to find resources about advanced photo options.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 10 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Tap here to see an interactive tutorial

Learn how to take a photo

Important (Pixel 5 & Pixel 4a (5G) only): When you open the Camera app, notification vibrations will turn off to help your phone not shake.

  1. On your Pixel phone, open the Camera app Google CameraLearn how.
  2. Point your camera toward the person, place, or object that you want to photograph.
  3. To take a photo, in the lower center of the screen, tap Capture

Take advanced photos

Choose how to take a photo

With your hand
  1. Open your Google Camera app Google Camera. Learn how.
  2. Point your camera and wait for it to focus and take in light.
  3. Tap Capture .

Zoom

Pinch open or closed on your screen, double-tap the screen, or use the slider at the bottom.
Tip: When you take a picture from far away, to capture the most details, zoom into your subject first.

Auto-focus

  1. To focus on the subject of your photo, point your camera at the subject, then tap on the subject. A white circle appears and moves on the screen with the subject.
  2. To lock the focus and exposure on a subject that moves, tap Lock .

Tip: If you have accessibility features turned on, to focus on and expose the subject of your photo, double-tap your screen.

Swap between your back and front cameras

Tap Switch  or twist your phone twice. Learn about gestures on your phone.

Take a straight photo (Pixel 5 & Pixel 4a (5G) only)

While using your camera, your phone will be straight when the 2 lines meet, and the angle is 0.

  1. Open your camera and hold your phone steady. A yellow line and a white line appear in the middle of the screen. 
  2. To make the lines meet, rotate your phone left to right and tilt it forward and backward.
  3. If you point your phone up or down at your subject, the up/down indicator appears. To align the Up/Down indicator and take a straight photo, rotate your phone left to right and tilt it forward and back.

Tip: You can turn off horizon leveling and the up/down indicator. From your Camera app, tap the Down arrow  Then, tap Settings , and turn off Framing hints.

Use Ultrawide Zoom (Pixel 5 & Pixel 4a (5G) only)

Ultrawide can capture more of the people and scenes around you.

  1. Open your Camera app Google CameraLearn how.
  2. In default camera, video, or Night Sight modes, tap .6x. Or, on your screen, pinch open and close.
With your voice
  1. Say "OK Google, take a picture," or "OK Google, take a selfie." 
    Optional: Before you take the photo, you can tell the camera to wait between 3—30 seconds. For example, "OK Google, take a picture in 12 seconds."
  2. Your Camera app will open and take a photo.
With Wear OS by Google
  1. Set up your watch with your phone. Learn how to set up your watch.
  2. Open your Google Camera app Google CameraLearn how
  3. On your watch, swipe up from the bottom of your screen until you see the Remote card.
  4. To take a photo, tap the shutter button on your watch.
    • Your watch will vibrate and flash.
    • You’ll get a thumbnail of the photo on your watch.

Tip: You can get more details or take action on your photos. Find out how to use Google Lens.

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