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How to Get Pixel 2’s Portrait Mode on Other Devices

Update: I have tried the Camera NX Mod on various devices. I found that the app was working perfectly on OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, Nokia 8, and original Pixel and Pixel XL. However, the mod failed to work on Nexus 5X, Redmi Note 3, Mi A1, Samsung Galaxy S8, Moto G4, OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T.

While Google’s flagship offerings for 2017, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, suffered from a lot of problems since day one, there was no one denying the fact that the phones packed the best smartphone cameras we have ever seen. There’s rarely a time when the whole tech world is unanimous on a single subject, however, Google Pixel 2 achieved this rare feat by getting crowned as the best smartphone camera for 2017 by every renowned tech reviewer out there.

One of the biggest features of the Google Pixel 2 camera is that the smartphone can take incredible portrait shots using just a single camera when most of the flagships fail to do so, even with a dual-camera setup. While Pixel 2s pack impeccable camera hardware, the success of portrait mode feature is undeniably because of Google’s software prowess. Since portrait mode is primarily a software enabled feature, the chances of it being ported to other devices, however slim it may be, was always on the cards.

Well, today we are happy to announce that Senior XDA developer Charles Chow has finally found a way to enable Google Pixel 2’s portrait mode on other Google devices including the original Pixels, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. According to a blog post published on his website Chromloop, Camera NX V7.3, which is a mod for Google Camera, can unlock the portrait mode feature on other Android devices.

Portrait Mode Feature on Other Devices

Note: While the Google Camera mod that brings Portrait Mode on other devices is only said to be available for Nexus 5X, 6P and the original, we also tried it on our OnePlus 3 and it worked, so you can give it a try on other devices.

  1. Download the Camera NX V7.3 mod by clicking on the link. Open the APK on your smartphone and hit the install button to install the mod on your device. Also, grant any necessary permission as required by the app.

step 2 camera nx new

2. Now, launch the Camera NX app on your phone and tap on the hamburger menu button at the top left corner. Here, tap on the “Portrait” button.

step 3 camera nx new4. That’s it, now just point and shoot to take the portrait shots on your device.

We tested the app on our Nexus 5X but found that at the time of publishing this article, it didn’t work properly on our device. The app just kept on crashing and stopped responding to any input. That said, the same camera mod for OnePlus 3/3T worked perfectly fine. That means that, it might be possible that we are encountering some problem with our own handset. I have attached the sample photo which I took with the modded Camera NX on my OnePlus 3.

camera nx test 1 camera nx test 2

SEE ALSO: How to Get Pixel 2’s AR Stickers on Any Android Device

Use Pixel 2’s Portrait Mode on Other Android Devices

Since the app worked on my personal OnePlus 3, I believe that the app will also be working completely fine on original Pixels, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X. However, since the app crashed on my Nexus 5X, I would love for you guys to try it out and share your experiences with us.


  1. It doesn’t work on my Mi A1. The camera app opens and then it goes blank after going to settings then then it started to display but then I can’t take picture after sometime it says camera is not responding

  2. All was running on my Mi A1 but it was not able to connect to camera hence doesn’t give any display

  3. It can run on my 6.0.1 Android version.
    I’m using the redmi 3s prime.
    Plz help how can I get this portrait mode on mobile.

  4. For everyone who’s seeing the parsing error while installing, You’ve to be on an Oreo (Android 8.0) based ROM to be able to install the apk.
    For people who’re seeing a black screen when opening the app, these steps worked for me (On a Xiaomi Mi5, custom rom based on Oreo 8.1):
    1) I installed google camera from the playstore.
    2)Cleared the modded app’s data.
    3) Relaunched the app and Voila! It worked. Flawlessly.

    If you still are facing issues, I would suggest to take a look at the developer’s posts in xda.

  5. Tried on s8plus exynos variant … Camera installed but portrait feature is not working(whenever i open the app and toggle portrait mode .., the.screen.goes black .????????tried several mods from xda forums …can i get any help???

    1. I have a new apk which is running just fine in my exynos galaxy s8… portrait mode on rear camera working perfectly fine… though it’s not working on selfie

  6. Hi Rachit…..can you help me?? This APK is not working on my Moto g⁴….any other apks….?? ????????????

  7. All the OnePlus 3 and 3T owners can refer to this article. Download the APK mentioned in the article and try again. It’s working perfectly on my personal OnePlus 3.

    1. Dear Rachit , I have one plus 3t mid night black edition..but the app is not working..screen is blacked out and after some time the app says it has stoped working..Help ?

  8. Works on
    1 OnePlus 3/3T(Nougat)
    2 Redmi Note 3(Oreo)
    3 Redmi Note 4(Oreo)
    4 OnePlus 5(Nougat)

    1. Redmi note 3 when?? How ?? I am using it now .. and am stuck with this marshmallow??

    1. I have mi A1 but I got black screen when open the nx camera app .. please give me hint how to handle the same

  9. I tried in Oneplus 3T, after opening the app its not responding. No button s working and mage s not displaying.

  10. It shows Parse error upon clicking the apk file to install on my Moto X play running Nougat.

  11. parse error upon clicking the APK file. My phone is Huawei Honor 5X Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Snapdragon Version.

  12. In my Moto G5+ it’s showing pharse error

    I think.its due to older or different SoC

  13. It’s not working on my galaxy s8 (exynos version)…it says *there was a problem parsing the package*…if you have solution please post..

  14. Not working on my OnePlus 5. Just shows black screen when I open the app. And no controls work either

    1. even i tried the same.. It’s strucking.. try One plus camera app. its amazing.. bt no pro features.

  15. It shows Parse error upon clicking the apk file to install. My device is Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X MTK.

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