Smartphone cameras have come a long way over the last few years, and even budget phones these days have cameras that are pretty good. You can capture some likable pictures with a sub-Rs 15,000 smartphone today. However, if you are using phones other than the Google Pixel smartphones, which have been touted to have the best smartphone camera by many, you would have noticed that picture quality on other smartphones (even some flagships) isn’t even as comparable. Fortunately, the image quality can be vastly improved by using a different camera app than the default one which comes baked into the device. Yeah, I’m talking about the Google Camera Mod (better known as GCam Mod or GCam port) that’s quite often talked about and does, in fact, make a noticeable difference to the image output of your smartphone camera.

So, if you’re wondering how to install the GCam Mod on your Android smartphone, we have you covered with this in-depth guide.

Pre-Requisites

Before you can install the GCam Mod on your phone, there are a couple of things you need to check:

  • Support for Camera2 API (we’ll talk about Camera2 API later in this article).
  • If Camera2 API is not supported, you’ll need to enable it on your phone (we’ll discuss that later as well).
  • GCam Mod APK (you guessed it, we’ll discuss that later, too)
  • You’ll also need patience.

What Exactly is Camera2 API?

Camera2 API is a framework that allows developers to obtain access to granular camera controls such as exposure, focus, or ISO, which they can then bake into their third-party apps in the form of advanced features to offer Android users an improved picture-taking experience. This API is a successor to Android’s original camera API and utilizes a pipeline model, permitting developers to gain direct access to camera hardware.

The third-party developers can use the Camera2 API to enable full manual control over your phone’s sensor, lens, and flash to provide better frame rates (30 fps burst mode), RAW capture support, HDR+ controls and other smart features. Google Camera utilizes some complex algorithms and AI functions in its app to capture some stunning photos. Here are all the camera controls that Camera2 API offers:

camera2 api controls

Well, I hate to break it to you, but the Camera2 API was originally introduced four years ago at Google I/O 2014 alongside the debut of Android 5.0 Lollipop. It’s been quite long since the Camera2 API made its debut but not all phone makers, even today, have implemented the same on their devices.

Many flagship and mid-range smartphones now do come baked with the Camera2 API, however, it’s not necessary that it’s enabled by default. Some phone makers are using some Camera2 API capabilities to offer manual controls, filters support, and other nifty features to users but the complete support is still missing on a large section of phones.

In case you’re wondering if your Android phone supports the Camera2 API or not, then here’s a nifty method to check the same:

How to Check if Your Phone Supports Camera2 API

To see whether any of your Android smartphones support the Camera2 API, you simply need to install the Camera2 API Probe app (Free) from the Play Store. Simply install the app and launch it.

Camera2 Probe results for ZenFone Max Pro M1 (left) and Nokia 7 Plus (right)

As you can see in the screenshot above, the Camera2 API Probe app lists the “Hardware Support Level” for both the rear and front cameras with the Camera ID being 0 and 1 respectively. It shows information about the Camera2 API capabilities which are supported by your Android smartphone and here’s the meaning for each of the camera levels:

  • LEGACY: These Android phones support only Camera1 API. No Camera2 API features are made available here.
  • LIMITED: These phones support some, but not all, Camera2 API capabilities.
  • FULL: These phones (including the Poco F1) support all of the major capabilities of the Camera2 API.
  • LEVEL_3: These devices support YUV reprocessing and RAW image capture, along with additional output stream configurations.

This means the ZenFone Max Pro M1 does not include Camera2 API support and support for the same will need to be enabled before installing the Google Camera Mod, whereas Nokia 7 Plus is ‘Level_3 compliant’ and the modded camera app can directly be installed on this smartphone.

How to Enable Camera2 API

If your phone has the Camera2 API enabled, you’re pretty much set. However, if your phone doesn’t support the Camera2 API, don’t worry, because you can enable Camera2 API on your own by rooting your device, and editing the “build.prop” file on your phone, or using Magisk to enable Camera2 API. Whichever way you choose is up to you, and we’ll explain both the processes to some extent here itself.

Note: Rooting an Android device isn’t a very difficult task, but it is very device dependent which is why it’s not feasible to explain it in detail here. We’d recommend you to head over to XDA and search for rooting guides for your smartphone for a detailed, step-by-step tutorial.

Editing build.prop

If you want to edit the build.prop and not use the Magisk module, all you need to do is download the BuildProp Editor app (free).

  • Launch the app, and give it root permissions. Then, tap on the edit icon.

buildprop editor grant su edit

  • At the end of the build.prop file, enter the following line, and then tap on the save icon.
persist.camera.HAL3.enabled=1

  • Simply restart your phone, and the Camera2 API should be enabled now.

Using a Magisk Module

There’s a Magisk Module that you can also use to enable Camera2 API on your phone. The module, called ‘Camera2API enabler‘ is available via XDA, and you can simply install it on your phone using the Magisk Manager, and it’ll enable the Camera2 API for you.

How to Install Google Camera Mod on Your Android Phone

Once you’ve enabled the Camera2 API on your phone, or if you’ve skipped all those things because your phone already has the Camera2 API enabled, you just have to install the Google Camera Mod on your phone.

Choosing the mod perfect for your phone is a little bit of a trial and error kind of deal, but you can head over to this website and check out the available Google Camera mods for your phone. For the most part, if developers like Arnova8G2 are developing a mod for your phone, it should be the best one out there.

Note: If you’re unable to figure out the best Google Camera Mod for your phone, just comment down below, and we’ll guide you personally.

1. Realme

2. Xiaomi

3. Asus

4. Nokia

5. OnePlus

6. Samsung

  • Samsung Galaxy A71 (Download)
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite (Download)
  • Galaxy S9, S9+, S10, S10+ Exynos variant (download)
  • Galaxy S8 Series Exynos variant (Download)
  • Galaxy Note 10, Note 10+ Exynos Variant (Download, you can try this GCam APK for other Exynos-based devices as well)
  • Galaxy Note 9 Exynos variant (Download)
  • Galaxy S10, S10+ Snapdragon Variant (Download)
  • Galaxy Note 10, Note 10+ Snapdragon Variant (Download)

7. Motorola

8. Others

What Difference Does the GCam Mod Make?

If you’re wondering what difference the Google Camera Mod can make, we have a video on smartphone photography tips where we show how the Google Camera Mod can improve your phone’s picture quality. Plus, it’ll bring features like Night Sight to your phone as well, depending on whether or not the developer has implemented those features yet.

Take Better Pictures with Google Camera on Any Android Phone

So that ends our guide on how to install the Google Camera mod on any Android phone. Hopefully, you were able to get the Google Camera mod running on your phone without too much of a hassle. However, if you run into any problems, just comment down below and we’ll try to help you out for sure.

Comments


  1. Hi Team,

    Currently I am using mobile model Real me X with updated Android version 10.
    I installed camera api2 probe app from playstore after installing it (Hardware support level shows FULL )option…I am really confused which link should to be use to download the G-cam app…if you can provide me
    the direct link to download the app i am really happy.

    I am looking forward for your reply earlier.

    Thanks,
    Athar Ajmal

  2. Hey can u help me figure out how can i install gcam on my Samsung galaxy A50. And also i didn’t get that how to enable camera2 api andi want gcam on my phone from the day i purhased it. Please tell me safer option than routing the device

  3. Good day everyone, I checked my phone camera2Api through Camera probe and it hardware support level is on limited. Please I can’t find my phone model from the mod version. My phone model is Infinix X605 running on Android 10 version, please I need your assistance. Thanks very much.

  4. Hi everyone. Can anyone please provide me the link for Google camera for my moto one action smartphone. It has android 10 and till now I haven’t found the version compatible with it. It would be a great help guys pls..

    • Hey Aman, why don’t you check out this Gcam mod (link here). I believe it should work on the Moto One Action but don’t forget to load the config file. All steps are listed in the link provided. Hope this was helpful 🙂

  5. Looking for mods for Samsung m30s, already tried all the above links but all them crashes as soon as I open the app

  6. Isn’t Realme X a popular phone….!!!!
    Then why isn’t there a link for Realme X….!!!!????????
    Please provide a gcam link for Realme X….!!!!
    Please!!!!….

  7. Hey guys, one of our phones is a Note20 Plus with a MTK6799 processor. Any idea which gcam mod would work with it?

  8. I will follow all steps but can’t open Google camera.
    My device is Asus Zenfone max pro M1.
    Give complete solution.

  9. I am using Honor 10 and haven’t been able to make any mods work. I would love to try Night Sight and astro mode if possible

  10. Hey team…
    I want the latest GCam mod application for Realme 5 Pro…
    It would be helpful if you could guide us.
    Thanks

  11. Hi beebom your videos are so informative

    However i need your help, can you provide me the link to install Google camera for my Asus Zenphone 6Z which i can click and it will directly downloaded to my phone.

  12. Hey beebom,
    I want g cam for Samsung a30 .It supports camera2api .please give the link to download the best g cam version

    Thank you.

  13. I have Nokia 6.1 and i was using gcam on my Android 9 but now i havr upgraded to Android 10 and it’s not working

  14. I want gcam mod for my Realme 5S, Andi am not able to figure it out which one will be good for my phone. I really need some help.

  15. My device is moto e6s and camera2API enabled. Does this device support support gcam. If support then please provide the download link . Thank you.

  16. After having pie update in Asus Zenfone max pro m1.. phone in not supporting gcam …. please give the solution …

  17. Hi,iam installing Gaan mod on oneplus 5t but front cam selfies are not working..If any other link please provide

  18. Give me a perfect version of gcam for Nokia 6.1 (2018).
    I have been using everything for a while but crashes and even affects my phone ram

  19. Well, I have an honor 7c with me, it has the worst of the cameras and not manual settings, I was looking for some good mod apps and found your video on YouTube about Google Cam, could you please suggest me the best google cam mod for my honor 7c, i would be grateful, and thanks in advance guys, keep doing good work…

  20. I am using Moto E³ Power. I am not able to find the mod suitable for me. I used Magisk Module to enable the feature. So please help me with that.

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  22. Hello dear,
    I think, This post is a Very Important. I am Very Interesting this your post. So I am wating for your next post.
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  23. Heyy!
    Whenever I go the website,it doesn’t open and shows me that Internet Connection is lost… (But actually it isn’t).. Pls Help 🙏

  24. Is this available for Huawei Y9 2019? Is Gcam safe to use? I tried to randomly install gcam to this phone but my phone went crazy. It crashed for a few minutes and I thought I won’t be able to recover my phone back.

  25. Hi Beebom,
    I use galaxy j6+ as primary smartphone so please let me know the suitable mode for me.
    Thanking you

  26. Never works on my Oneplus 5T. Tried many Gcam version but no luck.

    Please let me know the best one for OnePlus 5T.

  27. I tried it on OnePlus 5T and the app says it can’t be installed.

    I tried many gcams but never get the best one which works.

  28. Well the most popular J7 prime 2016 doesn’t seem to have a specific gravity.
    Can you please search for and provide me the link via email for it pls?

  29. I’m facing problem in downloading Camera2 api enabler using magisk manager in my honor 7x please guide me

  30. For redmi note 5 pro I downloaded the mod but it’s always showing a warning that “camera has stopped working” what to do. The app isn’t opening at all. Whenever I open that’s the only message/bug I get.

  31. Hi bro I’m using Lenovo k6 power… And I tried many times to install gcam but I couldn’t.. so can you please help me to find the better way to install it..
    Thank you…

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  33. Bro for moto g5splus please. A detailed guide.it has level 3 api. Whichever version I download after installing they say app not installed.please help

  34. Can I use the method shown in YouTube by technobuzznet to enable camera 2 API on my redmi note 5 pro ,is it safe

  35. As ASUS ZENFONE MAX PRO M1 doesn’t support camera 2API,So how can I install Gcam on it?
    Looking forward for your reply 🙂

  36. It’s awesome for my OnePlus 5T. Thanks Beebom! I was wondering if I could use this on my phone. Bcoz of you, I am using Google Camera Mod on my phone.

  37. I already installed gcam on Asus Zenfone max pro m1 it was good and now I recently download another gcam in above the download section and I think latest version but the gacm has stopped

  38. Samsung j7 2016 version..can you provide with a link..as it’s a base model and old one can’t find any mod .😭

  39. When I’m installing the build prop app it doesn’t asks for permission to root
    My phone is Panasonic Eluga 500
    Mediatek 6737

  40. it’s really hard to find perfect mod fot my device .It would be really helpful if you guys suggest me the perfect mod for my Samsung A6 +.

  41. Is it available for my phone that is Leeco le2 . I know it’s too old phone but if it available please let me know

    • Hey, it’s available. Just join telegram and detach and subscribe to a channel named “le2 x52x”. They post everything about your phone and has a best gcam for le2 s2.

  42. Hi team beebom….I am honor 9N user…..I tried many mods…They just open and ask all permissions….After allowing permissions to them, they suddenly close….. Please pick a best mod for my device…… HONOR 9N…
    THANKS.

    • Did you enable camera2 API?
      If not then head over to YouTube where you can search for enabling camera2api for max M1. You will find many results.
      Then head over to the XDA page where there is a special port for the Max Pro M1 Google camera.

    • Camera2 API is enabled i tried the version given by beebom team that works only once after that it stopped working

  43. Sir I can’t enable it through build.prop.. it is showing your phone is not rooted and error opening file. Please guide me

  44. I have Nokia 5.1 plus. As it run on mediatek processor I was able to install gcam. Is there any way I can install gcam? After updating it to pie stock camera got many manual controls like shutter speed, iso, etc. Even it has manual controls like that camera2api is not enable.

  45. I need help to understand why is that camera 2API is important to download and after downloading it what to do and how to get Google cam mod for my phone it is “Moto E3 power”

  46. My mobile is oneplus 5T and it supports camera2Api.But,i couldn’t figure out which google camera mod to download.could you help me regarding this.

  47. Lg q6+ is level 3 but i’am unable to find perfect mod apk the apk does not install in my phone can you tell the developer to built a mod for lg q6+ it is currently running on 8.1.0

  48. I followed the same procedure as told but when it came the time to install it the screen says not installed I’m using Honor 7C also check with the camera probe which is clear please help me with this……#Beebom

    • Hey Akhil, Did You Found Any Solution For 7c, if Yes Then Please Let Me Know. I Also Have 7c. Thanks
      #Beebom
      #HelpRequired

  49. For honor6x the camera2 API probe app shows limited. Should i directly download gcam mod?. And please provide the link for honor 6x gcam!

  50. need help
    gcam for moto g4 plus
    its running on arrow os (9.0) x64
    i tried like 4 to 5 but most of them output green screens or just crash

  51. I’m using Motorola One Power and it has a lvl 3 compliance to camera 2 API.
    Is my phone compatible to Google Camera Mod?
    If YES, Please guide me to it.
    Thanks.

  52. I’m using Motorola One Power and it has a lvl 3 compliance to camera 2 API.
    Is my phone compatible to Google Camera Mod?
    If YES, Please guide me to it.
    Thanks. 🙂

  53. I’m looking for a camera mod for Moto G5S Plus..I have downloaded two mods of Arnova8G2 but both did not work..please suggest me a better one.

  54. I didn’t fimd one for s6 edge.
    I have been searching for this mod for so long but everytime i tried, my phone overheated and the app crashed. I desperately want this app to run on my phone. Please help me!

  55. Hey Beebom Team, Great content as always.
    I’m not able to find any Google Camera mod for HONOR 7C. Which version should I go for..?

  56. Pease guide me how to find a proper google camera mod for my phone. It Moto G5s Plus.

    And if u can give me, please give the mod app for samsung galaxy A5 2016 phone too please.. waiting for your reply..

  57. I have downloaded 2 mods for my Honor play but both of them crashes. Is there any stable version available?

  58. I can’t find best link for my Samsung galaxy note 8 .. please send me the best version for note 8.
    And yeah my camera2 API is enable by default..

  59. Hey there, I’m using Redmi Note 5 Ai. & there are a lot of Gcam mod for Redmi Note 5 pro but i didn’t find one for my device. you know there is a difference of front camera sensor Between Note 5 pro & Ai.

    so, can you give me a mod of version 6 for Note 5 Ai with WORKING FRONT CAMERA?

  60. Can my snapdragon 616 device, lenovo vibe k5 plus get it as i can’t find any port of GCam neither is it getting to show support of camera2api even after editing build.prop

  61. I had Pixel Experience ROM flashed on my Mi A2. Google camera V6 worked fine. But now, I have switched to stock ROM. Can’t find any Gcam that works! All crash immediately! Device – Mi A2 running Android Pie 5 December 2018 Security Patch.