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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.


Tap here to see an interactive tutorial

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 Capture photo.


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.


  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 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.

Take a straight photo

While using your camera, your phone will be straight when the two 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 forwards and backwards.
  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 forwards and backwards.

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

Use 4x zoom

Important: This feature is only available on Pixel 6 Pro.

  1. Open your Camera app Google Camera. Learn how.
  2. In default camera, video, Motion or Night Sight modes, tap 4x. Or, on your screen, pinch open and close.

Use Ultrawide zoom (Pixel 4a (5G) and later)

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, "Hey Google, take a picture in 12 seconds".
  2. Your Camera app will open and take a photo.
With Wear OS
  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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