Create a photo sphere

You can create a 360° panoramic image, called a photo sphere, from your Android phone. Photograph the world around you and even what’s above and below you. You can also create photo spheres manually with a DSLR camera and third party panorama software.

NOTE: Your device needs to have at least 1 gigabyte of memory to use this feature.

Make a photo sphere with your Nexus device running Android 4.4 or higher
  1. Open the camera app on your phone.
  2. Swipe to the right and touch Photo Sphere.
  3. Hold your device vertically, close to your body.
  4. Adjust the camera angle so the blue dot is centered inside the circle. Hold the camera steady until a frame of the scene appears.
  5. Rotate yourself and your camera slowly, following the dots through the area you want to capture.
  6. [Optional] Undo a single shot in your photo sphere by clicking the undo button.
  7. Touch the check mark at the bottom of the screen when done.
Make a photo sphere with your iOS device
  1. Open the Photo Sphere Camera app on your phone.
  2. Tap the orange camera button.
  3. Hold your device vertically, close to your body.
  4. Adjust the camera angle so the orange dot is centered inside the circle. Hold the camera steady until a frame of the scene appears.
  5. Rotate yourself and your camera slowly, following the dots through the area you want to capture.
  6. [Optional] Undo a single shot in your photo sphere by clicking the undo button.
  7. Touch the check mark at the bottom of the screen when done.
Tips for capturing great photo spheres
  • Start capturing your photo sphere around the horizon, then capture above and below
  • Slightly tilt the phone up or down, keeping your phone in roughly the same location
  • Capture several photos (most devices will require 10 photos for a full sphere)
     
Create a photo sphere with your DSLR camera

If you have a professional-style DSLR camera, you can also create more advanced, higher-quality panoramas.

  1. Take your photos: Take a series of overlapping photos that together cover a full 360°. You can buy tripod mounts made specifically for this purpose.
  2. Remember your location: Make a note of where you’ve photographed so you can add this information into the image file later.
  3. Combine your photos: Using panorama stitching software of your choice, create a 360 degree panorama and save the image as a jpeg.

Learn how to upload your photo sphere from your computer.

Discuss photo spheres
For info on how to create and use photo spheres, panorama metadata and other details of particular interest to developers, visit the Google Developers Photo Sphere site.

Next steps: Share your photo sphere to Google+ and Google Maps