How to Get Pixel 3 Night Sight and Live Google Lens on Any Android Pie Phone

How to Get Night Sight and Live Google Lens Feature on Non-Pixel Phones

I don’t know about you guys but the thing I most look forward to in a new Pixel phone (including the Pixel 3) is always the camera. Not just because the new Pixel phones will bring exceptional camera hardware, but because Google always has a great camera experience which leverages software processing to capture incredible photos.

The best part about this approach from Google is that the camera app is generally ported to work on older devices which means all of us can enjoy the new camera features whether we buy the new Pixel phones or not, because of the software-heavy focus.

It happened last year and it has happened again. While the ported camera app is still in beta, it has already brought two new features including the much-vaunted Night Sight and Live Google Lens. So, if you want these two new features for yourself, here is how you can do it:

Get Night Sight and Live Google Lens Feature on Your Android Device

The Google Pixel 3 is bringing a ton of new camera features. Apart from the Night Sight and Live Google Lens features which have already been ported, the new Google camera app also brings features such as Top Shot, Photobooth, and more. While these features are exclusive to Pixel, you can get them on your Android device by following the below steps. Do note that the app is currently in beta hence it is not perfect and may crash at times However, once you have installed it, you can update it regularly to get the latest Google camera features in the upcoming stable builds:

  1. The app has been published on the XDA Developers’s forum page and can be downloaded by clicking here.

apk pic2. Once you have downloaded the APK file, click on the install button to install it on your device and then launch the app.

step 13. Now the app will ask permissions to access your camera, microphone, and more. Grant these permissions for the app to work.

step 24. In the camera viewfinder, tap on the “More” button to get access to Pixel 3 exclusive features such as Photobooth, Night Light, and Live lens.

step 55. Just to confirm that the feature is working properly, here’s a screenshot showing Google Live Lens feature in action. As you can see, the live lens was able to identify and extract contact information from the card.

How to Get Pixel 3 Night Sight and Live Google Lens on Any Android Pie Phone
I have blurred the text for privacy reasons. Google Live Lens was able to capture it without any problem.

SEE ALSO: How to AirDrop Passwords in iOS 12

Enjoy Pixel 3 Camera Features on Your Android Device

That ends our tutorial and I hope that you were able to get the app working on your phone. The app is most stable on phones which are running on Android P so it would run better on some phones than others.

Do check it out and let us know if you are enjoying these new features on your phone or not. Also, if you encounter any problems during the installation process, ask your questions in the comments section below. We are here to help.

comment Comments 24
  • sanju says:

    there are no ways to try this google camera in asus zenfone max pro m2. this really made me horrible i tried and tried but problem did not solved…. if anyone have the explanation to this or solve my issue. It makes me very helpfull
    atleast, beebom guys try to do a video with an explanatory terms there are many people who need the aswer especially me…… hoping in positve a way………..

  • Shivam Pednekar says:

    Can you require phone root access

    • Rachit Agarwal says:

      No. You don’t need root access.

  • Nikhil says:

    Mi a2 recently got the pie update. But it does not have camera2api feature enabled in the same.while i think nokia 6.1 and moto one power has it after the pie update.hence on the later phones gcam works flawlessly.while on mi a2,it not the case.plz helo me out.@beebom@rachitagarwal

  • Abhishek Parmar says:

    It’s not working by on oreo devices or what

    • Rachit Agarwal says:

      It seems you currently need Android Pie for this to work.

  • Nikhil Powar says:

    So does that mean android pie has pre enabled camera2api on on any android phone(i am using mi a2).

  • Naman says:

    It’s not working on my Asus Zenfone max pro m1 6gb variant

  • Vineeth reddy says:

    It is showing parse error….!

    • Rachit Agarwal says:

      The app works best on Android Pie devices. It is having some problems on devices running on Older Android firmware. It might be the reason it’s not working on your device. You might have to wait for the next update to get it to work.

  • Shivam Tiwari says:

    You need android pie in order to run this app.

  • Chetan Jaganure says:

    *package installer has stopped, same msg for this and previous build. I’m using MI A2

  • Bhumij Khandelwal says:

    I tried to download however it’s not downloading page just disappears

  • Sandeep Oruganti says:

    Mine is redmi note 5 and I am unable to use it.

  • Deeo Biswas says:

    Not working on my galaxy s6 too????????????

  • Ganesh says:

    It works only in a PIE ROM

  • s madhav says:

    getting prase error

  • Kaudil says:

    It says “Camera has stopped” in Mi A1. What to do?

  • MANAV says:

    I have downloaded the apk but when I install it , it shows app not installed . I am using Nokia 7 plus android 9
    Pls tell what to do?

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