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

  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. In the lower center of the screen, to take a photo, tap Capture Capture photo

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.
    • 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. 
      2. Wait until your camera focuses.
      3. To lock the focus and exposure on a moving subject, tap Lock 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 Switch camera or twist your phone twice. Learn about gestures on your phone.
  3. Tap Capture Capture photo.
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 see 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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