Take a photo

You can trigger the camera in different ways. To see your photos, tap the image in the corner of your screen.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.1 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Pick how to take a photo

With your hand
  1. Open your camera.
  2. Point your camera and wait for it to focus and expose.
    • To zoom, pinch open or closed on your screen, or double tap the screen.
      Tip: To use your volume keys to zoom, at the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then Gestures and then Volume key action. Then select Volume.
    • To focus on and expose the subject of your photo, tap it on your screen. To lock the focus and exposure, tap Lock Lock
      Note: If you have accessibility features turned on, double-tap your screen to focus on and expose the subject of your photo.
    • You can swap between your back and front cameras by twisting your phone twice. Learn about gestures on your device.
  3. Tap Capture photo Capture photo.
With your voice
  1. Say "Ok Google, take a picture," or "Ok Google, take a selfie." 
    Optional: Have the camera wait before taking the photo. For example, "Ok Google, take a picture in 12 seconds." You can tell the camera to wait 330 seconds.
  2. Your camera will open and take a photo.
With Wear OS by Google

If you have a Wear OS device synced with your Android device, you can take photos with Google Camera using your watch as a remote control.

  1. On your phone, open your camera.
  2. From the Play Store on your watch, find and download the Wear OS by Google Smartwatch app.
    Note: If you don't have the Play Store on your watch, you already have the app.
  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.

When your phone takes a photo, your watch vibrates and flashes. You'll see a thumbnail of the photo on your watch.


Tip: If you took your photos on a Pixel phone, you can use Google Lens to get more details or take action on the photos.

Take different types of photos

Take a photo burst

To take a series of photos quickly, touch and hold Capture photo Capture photo. Release when you’re done.

Take a selfie

You can switch between your front and rear cameras by twisting your phone twice.

To turn off this gesture:

  1. Open your phone's Settings app Settings app
  2. Tap System and then Languages & input and then Advanced.
  3. Tap Flip camera.
  4. Turn off Flip camera.
Take photos with the background blurred

To make the subject of a photo stand out, you can blur the background.

Note: You can take photos with blurred backgrounds using Camera app version 5.1 and up.

On Pixel 2 (2017)

  1. Open your camera.
  2. At the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Portrait.
  3. Tap Capture photo Capture photo.

To view the enhanced photo, tap the small photo in the bottom right corner of the screen.

To compare the original photo and the enhanced photo, swipe between the two small photos in the middle of the preview photo.

On Pixel (2016)

  1. Open your camera.
  2. At the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Lens Blur.
  3. Aim your camera. Wait for it to focus.
  4. Tap Capture photo Capture photo.
  5. Follow the on-screen directions.
Take an augmented reality photo

You can take a photo with 3D characters and objects in them. The 3D characters and objects are called AR stickers.

Note: AR stickers only work with the rear camera.

  1. Open your camera.
  2. At the top left, tap Menu Menu and then AR Stickers.
  3. Touch, hold, and drag an AR sticker to where you want it.
    • Change the size of an AR sticker: Tap the AR sticker, then pinch your fingers open or closed.
    • Remove one AR sticker: Tap the AR sticker and then Delete Delete.
    • Remove all AR stickers: Tap Delete all Delete all.
    • See a different collection of AR stickers: At the top of the screen, tap a different picture.
  4. Tap Camera mode camera mode and then Capture photo Capture photo.

To stop using AR stickers, tap Back Back

Take a motion photo (Pixel 2 only)

You can take a photo that contains a short video.

  1. Open your camera.
  2. At the top of the screen, tap Motion photo Motion photo.
  3. Tap Capture photo Capture photo.

To view the motion photo, in the bottom right corner of the screen, tap the small photo . Then, at the top of the screen, tap Motion off.

To save the motion photo as a video, tap More More and then Save as video.

Pixel | Camera modes

Change your photo options

You can adjust how you take photos by using the icons at the top of your screen.

  • To use a timer: Tap Photo timer countdown timer
  • To use gridlines to straighten photos: Tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then Grid type
  • To adjust the photo to match the lighting ("color temperature"): Tap Add filters Add filters
  • To use a flash: Tap Flash mode Flash mode
  • To capture more details outdoors or in dim lighting: Tap HDR+ HDR mode
    Note: On Pixel 2, tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then Advanced and then HDR+ control.
  • To take a motion photo (Pixel 2 only): Tap Motion photo Motion photo
  • To retouch a selfie (Pixel 2 only): Tap Face retouching Face retouch
    Note: The results of face retouching show only in the final photo.

To switch between the front (selfie) camera and rear camera, at the bottom of your screen, tap Switch camera Switch camera.

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