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

With your hand
  1. Open your camera.
  2. Point your camera and wait for it to focus and expose.
    • To zoom in, pinch open on your screen or double tap the screen.
    • To zoom out, pinch closed on your screen or double tap the screen.
    • To focus on and expose for the subject of your photo, tap it on your screen. To lock the focus and exposure, tap Lock Lock.
    • On Pixel, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X devices, 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 Android Wear

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

  1. Open your camera.
  2. On your watch, find and tap Remote.
  3. Tap the camera card.
  4. To take a photo, tap the shutter button on your watch.
  5. When your phone takes a photo, your watch vibrates and flashes.
  6. 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 (Pixel phones and Nexus 6P only)

To take a series of photos quickly on a Pixel phone or Nexus 6P, touch and hold Capture photo Capture photo. Release when you’re done.

Take a selfie (Pixel phones, Nexus 6P & Nexus 5X)

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 & gestures and then Advanced.
  3. 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'll need version 5.1 or higher of the Camera app to take photos with blurred backgrounds.

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), Nexus 6P & Nexus 5X

  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 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.

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 Show grid Show grid
  • 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, HDR+ is always on.
  • 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 only show 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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