How to install Google Camera v4.2 app from Pixel on Nexus 5X or 6P

Google has been bragging a lot about how good the camera on their Pixel devices is and to make a camera be the best in the market as the company is claiming, the software part also needs to be top notch along with the hardware. The Pixel devices are coming the latest Google Camera App v4.2 which comes with some added goodies like shooting grids, manual exposure control etc, the details of which we will be listing out in the post.

Google has not officially introduced the v4.2 for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P but developers on XDA have made some tweaks to the App file to make it compatible with the Android Nougat 7.0+ running devices like the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. The App should not be installed over the current Google Camera App but side loaded as it is a modified version of the Application. The developers have mentioned that it will work on Any Android 7.0 Nougat device but some users of the Nexus 6 device are complaining about facing Errors on their devices and it is working without any glitches only on Nexus 5X and 6P.

How to install Google Camera v4.2 in Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X?

Note: Make sure that your device is updated to Android Nougat 7.0

  • Download the Google Camera v4.2 APK file from the labs.xda.developers link – here
  • Go to settings and then tap on Security settings, now “Enable” Unknown sources
  • Now head to the downloaded APK file saved in your device SD card and tap on Install
  • Follow the steps or accept all permissions which come for installation and the App will be installed automatically on your device with a shortcut seen in your apps list.

With the new Google Camera App v4.2 for the Pixel devices there are many new features included like the Shooting Grid lines which can be activated by turning on the option seen alongside the HDR and flash toggle in the new app. You get two options 3×3 and 4×4 along with a Golden grid ratio. The other useful feature is the Auto-focus lock and exposure control which can be activated by long pressing on the area which you wish to focus lock on and then adjust the exposure by using the slider which appears on the right side of the display.

Try out the latest Google Camera v4.2 App on your older Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P without going for the Pixel devices and let us know how you have felt about the new camera App. From the experience of users who have tried this App, the camera appears to be much faster as compared to the earlier versions.

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