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Use Video Boost on your Pixel phone

You can make videos on your Pixel phone in higher quality and with better lighting, colors, and details. This feature is only available on Pixel 8 Pro.

To backup and process videos, Video Boost requires Google Photos. Learn how to get started with Google Photos.

Learn how to use Video Boost

Step 1: Turn on Video Boost & record a video
  1. Open your Google Camera app Google Camera.
    • If you're in Photo mode , switch to Video mode Open video mode.
  2. Tap Video Settings or swipe up.
  3. Turn on Video Boost .
    • When you use Video Boost for the first time, the default setting is 4K resolution, SDR (10-bit HDR is off), and at 30 frames per second (FPS). If you prefer, you can change these settings.
    • To confirm that Video Boost is turned on, you’ll see this icon in the upper left corner of the viewfinder: .
  4. Record a video.
    • The maximum recording limit when you use Video Boost is 10 minutes. If you’re low on storage space, you’ll get a warning and the recording will stop.
Tip: When the scene is dark enough, you’ll get a suggestion to turn on Video Boost and try Night Sight. Learn more about Night Sight and astrophotography.
Step 2: Review & back up your video

Immediately after you record a video, you can watch, edit, or share the initial video in Google Photos. The initial video will be 1080p, 30 frames per second, and in SDR.

To watch the initial video, from your Pixel Camera app, tap Preview.

If you have backup turned on, your video will automatically be backed up and boosted on the cloud. If you do not have backup turned on, you can manually back up the specific video and have that video boosted.

Tip: If you do not connect to the internet and back up your temporary video, your temporary video won’t be boosted. Learn how to back up photos and videos.
Step 3: Watch the boosted video

After a while, the boosted video is ready and a notification will be sent.

In Google Photos, you can watch both the initial and boosted video by tapping on the video thumbnails.

  • The boosted video will have this icon: .
  • For the best playback quality, download the boosted video, if it’s not already downloaded on your device.
  • The boosted video will automatically download to your device when you’re connected to Wi-Fi for the best viewing quality experience.

Learn how Video Boost stores files

When you record a video, your phone stores it as a temporary video file. Video Boost uses this file to make a boosted video. The file size can vary based on the scene that you record, resolution, and framerate.


  • While the temporary video file is still being boosted, it doesn’t use up your Google Photos storage space on the cloud. However, you may notice that the temporary file can take up available storage space on your phone.
  • To save space, your phone automatically deletes the temporary file after your boosted video is ready.
  • If you move the temporary file from its original location on your device, the file may not be automatically deleted.

To delete the file manually before your boosted video replaces it:

  1. On your phone, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Tap the video in your gallery.
  3. Tap the thumbnail for the temporary file.
    • This file is not the boosted video, as it is not playable.
  4. At the bottom, tap Delete .

Learn how much data Video Boost uses

Video Boost follows the backup settings that you’ve set in Google Photos. If you’ve set Google Photos to allow backup only on Wi-Fi, Video Boost does not upload nor download over mobile data.

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