How to install Google Camera (GCam) 7.x with Astrophotography Mode on any Android device

Google recently launched the Google Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL. Now, while the devices aren’t making their way to India, you still cannot deny that they do pack in some interesting features. The most highlighted feature of all has to be the new Astrophotography Mode on Google Camera. Thankfully, modders are very active, and it wasn’t gonna be long till this feature was ported to other Android devices too. So, if you’re someone who’s wondering how to install Google Camera or GCam with Astrophotography Mode on his/her device, read on, as we show you how.

Also read: How to install Google Camera on any Android device

Things to know

  • We’ve already talked about how to install Google Camera on any Android device. While the steps remain mostly the same, the thing to note this time around is the APK you choose. The Astrophotography Mode was introduced with GCam 7.0, so make sure to install an APK with v7.x to get the feature.
  • Your device needs to support the Camera2API in order to install GCam on your device. To check whether your device supports Camera2API or not, download the Camera2 API Probe app to your device. In case your device doesn’t have Camera2API support, please refer to our link above.
  • To make use of Astrophotography Mode, you will need a tripod or something else to keep the device steady.

How to install Google Camera (GCam) 7.x with Astrophotography Mode on any Android device

1. First up, you would need the APK for your device. You can head over to the main GCam Mod download page here. Make sure to download the v7.x to make use of the Astrophotography Mode. Alternatively, you can also find the links for GCam 7.x for some common devices below.

2. Next up, install the GCam APK like any other APK on your device. Once that’s done, you have GCam with Astrophotography Mode installed on your Android device.

3. To make use of Astrophotography mode, simply switch to Night Sight and the device shall automatically prompt you to enable Astrophotography Mode. In case the Astrophotography Mode doesn’t pop up, you might have to enable some flags. For that, swipe down on the viewfinder and tap on the Settings icon. From there, head over to About -> Advanced Settings, and search for “cuttle”, and enable all the flags for the same.

Share your Astrophotography mode camera samples

And well, that’s about it. If you have any issues finding a GCam 7.x port for your device, sound off below, and I will personally try and find an APK for you. Also, if you manage to get the feature working, make sure to share your camera samples below with us as well. And as always, stay tuned to Mr. Phone for all the insights in the technology world.

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