At launch, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL had its fair share of problems, but one feature which made it stand apart from the crowd of flagship phones from other brands was its camera. The camera on the Pixel 2 and 2 XL was and still is PHENOMENAL and there is no denying the magic google did with the camera. Well, today we tell you about ways you too can get the same google magic to your device; only if you are lucky.

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Camera NX an app developed by XDA developer Charles Chow has finally made the Pixel 2 and 2 XLs camera magic on work on other devices, well sort of. The app isn’t perfect and it still is under development, while it is confirmed to work on the original Pixels, Nexus 6P, OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T and Nokia 8 your mileage may vary.

The app is developed on the base of Google Camera and should in theory work on any device running Android 8 and up but again your mileage may vary so try your luck. We haven’t had a lot of success ourselves but there is no harm in trying.


  • An Android phone running Android 8 or above
  • Camera NX v7.3 (Can be downloaded here)
  • Patience and perseverance (lots of it! The app doesn’t work on a lot of devices and it’s frustrating)

With that out of the way let’s start with the tutorial and get that Google magic for your phone

STEP 1 – Download the App on your Phone (D’uh!)

STEP 2 – Once the app is downloaded click install and give the necessary permissions if it asks any

STEP 3 –  Once the app is installed, open the app and grant all the permissions it asks

STEP 4 – At the top left click on the menu button and tap on portrait

STEP 5 – Click away now that you have portrait mode on your device

Do note the app is spotty at best, we tried it on the Mi A1 both on Nougat and Oreo and it failed. One plus 5 too was unable to run the app in our testing on Oreo. The App may not work for a lot of devices out there, mostly Mediatek or Kirin devices but also a lot of Snapdragon devices may fail to run the app. The App initially was intended to be used with older Pixel and Nexus devices, developers are working to get it ported to a lot of other devices too and we will keep you updated as the development progresses. you can also check this XDA post to see the ongoing developments

We recommend running a custom ROM based on Android Oreo as that has been a key factor for a lot of people to be able to successfully run this app on nongoogle devices too. You will also need Camera2 API enabled on your device.

So this was a quick way to test if Google Camera with HDR+ and portrait mode works on your device, do let us know down in the comments if the app runs on your device.

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