How to Install Pixel 2 Portrait Mode(Back/Front WORKING) on Any Galaxy Phone!

For those of you who want to get Google Pixel 2’s portrait mode on your Galaxy phone(supports all Galaxy phones including Galaxy S9+, S9, Note 8, S8, S8 Plus, S7, S7 Edge, S6, S6 Edge, etc…etc… running Android 7.0 Nougat or 8.0 Oreo), you can now easily get it without having to buy the Pixel 2.  While newer Samsung phones like S9+ and Note 8 have live focus feature, Google’s HDR camera does much better job with portrait mode allowing you to be also much closer to your subject.  Best of all, you also get front portrait mode working, which I think is the coolest feature.

Supported phones:

  • All Galaxy phones including Galaxy S9+, S9, Note 8, S8, S8 Plus, S7, S7 Edge, S6, S6 Edge, etc…etc… running Android 7.0 Nougat or 8.0 Oreo, Galaxy Note 7/FE also works.

Step 1. Installation is easy, first make sure you are running Android 7.0/7.1/7.1.1/7.1.2 Nougat or Android 8.0/8.1 Oreo.  Root is NOT REQUIRED and works on all Exynos or Snapdragon devices.

Step 2. Download the Google HDR Camera at APKQuick.comDirect Download Link and install the APK file as shown in video tutorial.

Step 3. Open the camera and go into Settings->Advanced and make sure “Config camera HDR+” is set to “Nexus 6 HDR+ Auto”.

Step 4. (FOR SNAPDRAGON ONLY) If using Snapdragon device, make sure the options for S7 Exynos are TURNED OFF like shown below.

Now, try taking a photo with the portrait mode, it should work well.  If force-closes, try going into Settings again and close the app using App Recents button and restart camera.

Once you get it working, it will work well.  And yes, HDR+ also works very well so you can now use that too.

Credits – XDA

Q&A

Q: It is very laggy on my Snapdragon Galaxy S9/S9 Plus!
A: Sorry, this Portrait mode Google HDR camera is currently only fully-compatible with Exynos models of Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus.  But when there is a new version that is compatible with Snapdragon models, we will update this page so please stay patient, thank you!

Q: I have purple/pink images!!!
A: Make sure you force close the app(Hit recents then swipe away the camera app) in Settings of the app and restart the app.  Try a few times and this will go away.

35 Responses

  1. 12 says:

    Note5 ok . Not ok

  2. Rengan says:

    Max can you share the link to the official post of this apk? Thanks!

  3. Enis says:

    And for the lg is there any port i have an lg g5 on android 7.0

  4. Shlok Nandurbarkar says:

    I have a Motorola G5 Plus (India) and when i tried installing the app, it was not installed, but gave message that this app isn’t compatible with my device.
    Please help!
    What can i do?

  5. Abhi says:

    I have s8 running Oreo when open the camera it says camera unexpectedly closed

  6. Abhi says:

    I have tried installing the app again but still the same error(camera unexpectedly stopped)
    I have a s8 exynos variant running Android Oreo

  7. Ammu says:

    Is there any way to get it on a marshmallow device?

  8. rolando olarte says:

    the camera front take red the photo

  9. Harshit Gupta says:

    my app is working but all pics have a purple tinge to them

  10. Azza says:

    the portrait mode is perfect in my note 8

  11. John says:

    Tried on J5 2017 and when installing it says “Application not installed”

    • Jeff says:

      I got that “Application not installed” message as well. I had previously installed the Google Camera from another APK. But then after uninstalling the previous APK from the App Info this new APK installed without a problem and showed the “App installed” message.

  12. sanjeevs says:

    Bro on i7 max it’s coming its not compatible

  13. Xavier says:

    Did not find a download link for any APK.

  14. Ryanroughton says:

    Hey max the camera keeps failing, can’t open on s7edge exynos with resurrection Remix. Any ideas?

    • Max Lee says:

      Could be an issue with resurrection remix, might have to do additional surgery, let me look into it soon.

  15. Paras chawla says:

    Not working google camera on s9 plus exynos plz help me i want google camera portrait mode on my s9 plus ???

  16. Jeff says:

    Hi Max, I wasn’t able to do step 4. The settings menu appears to be very different now. The camera view keeps freezing and lagging and pressing the picture button does nothing. I’ve got a SM-G9650 Snapdragon.

  17. Jeff says:

    Is there documentation for all of the B-S-G Mod settings?

  18. yuppicide says:

    Yes, the instructions are different than what it says above now. Step 3 is different, but I was able to do it. Step 4 I cannot do at all. I’m on S9+ Snapdraggy Drag and while the app works, portrait mode stutters/freezes for a few seconds at a time.

  19. Abizar says:

    Apakah bisa di smsung A8 plus bos

  20. Abizar says:

    Apakah bisa di smsung A8 plus

  21. Mahesg says:

    Uts not instal my j6

  22. Deniz Bayraktar says:

    Samsung Note FE working. Thanks you so much from Turkey.

  23. paul punzalan says:

    how to use that on my samsung c9 pro.. everytime I open the gcam it always crash… pls help

  24. Taha says:

    It Sometimes Stop Working On my S7 G930F.How to fix

  25. Pablo says:

    No idea why, but on my S9 (sm-g9600, snapdragon 850) it only works when I don’t change the configuration. If I follow your instructions it crashes. Otherwise, portrait mode working perfectly in both front and rear camera. Thanks for the tutorial! I really enjoy your work!

  26. Kawser Ahmed says:

    I was trying to install in my galaxy note 3 sm-n9005. But apk won’t install. Is there a working apk for note 3?

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