Google HDR Camera APK w/ Front/Back Portrait Mode WORKING! [Galaxy Phones]

For those of you with any Samsung Galaxy smartphone(such as Galaxy Note 8, S8+, S8, S7, S7 Edge, S6, S6 Edge, etc…etc…), you can now get Google HDR camera working on your phone with BOTH front and back portrait mode working.

This Google HDR+ Pixel 2 Camera works on the following models:

  • Galaxy Note 8 Exynos/Snapdragon
  • Galaxy S8/S8 Plus Exynos/Snapdragon
  • Galaxy S7/S7 Edge Exynos/Snapdragon
  • Galaxy S6/S6 Edge/S6 Edge Plus
  • Galaxy Note 5
  • Galaxy S5 Exynos/Snapdragon

UPDATE: For Galaxy S9/S9+, please see updated Google HDR+ Camera.(No portrait mode but HDR+ works)

The only requirement is that you are running latest Android 7.0/7.1.1/7.1.2 Nougat or Android 8.0/8.1 Oreo.  For older devices that Samsung have not updated to Nougat and beyond(such as Note 5), you can install a custom Nougat ROM to get this feature working on your phone.  Also works for both Exynos/Snapdragon models (setup is a little bit different for each).

Simply download the APK file and install:

Download Google HDR Camera APK for Galaxy Phones

Instructions on get it working correctly:

  1. Set “Config camera HDR+” to “Nexus 6 HDR+ Auto” in Settings->Advanced.
  2. For Snapdragon devces, also turn off “Correct bayer pattern on S7 Exynos front cam” and “Correct white level on S7 Exynos front cam”.

Video Tutorial & Demo:

If you have trouble getting it working, try force-closing app in Settings a few times but once you get it working it will work flawless.

Credits – XDA


Q: This camera does NOT work on my Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus!
A: Unfortunately, we were not able to test for Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus at the time of posting but there is a solution if you have the Exynos model of Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus (no portrait yet but HDR+ works), please see this Galaxy S9 HDR+ camera APK.

Q: Will this work on non-Samsung devices?
A: Probably not as it was not working on any of our non-Samsung devices.  However, we will update with a working portrait mode for many other Android smartphones soon.  Check back often and we should have a solution for all Android smartphones soon.

Q: Is this Google HDR+ APK safe to install?
A: Yes, these APK files were first available on XDA Forums, which is an open-source developer community where apps are checked for malware.  There are no ads nor malware on these apps but we do highly suggest you to donate to the original developers of these apps or at least hit the Thanks button on their XDA Forum threads.

If this Google HDR+ APK file does not work for your Android device, try these alternatives:


What is an APK File?

APK File is a file/app that can be installed on any Android smartphone or tablet. Using an APK file, you can install Android apps manually on your Android device.

You do not need a rooted Android device to install APK files. For installation instructions, please see below.

How to Install APK Files

You will need to make sure Unknown Sources is checked ON in Settings to install APK files. We do recommend you to use a file explorer app such as ES File Explorer, available on the Play Store for free, to install these apps.

How to Uninstall APK Files

You can also easily uninstall these apps afterwards in Settings->Apps or Settings->App Manager depending on your Android device.

Notable Replies

  1. Loz says:

    Got it working on my S6edge international but the front cam everything is magenta in colour and I can’t get rid of that. Any tips on this?

  2. admin says:

    Just force close camera and restart.

  3. Loz says:

    Only went and done that… and it bloody works!:grin: one issue if it could be called that is once I view the image taken, there isn’t a back button to go back to the camera it just closes the app and I have to open it again. Is there something that needs switching on or is that just a limitation?
    But otherwise cheers for that Mad Max… bigups everytime…:sunglasses::facepunch:t4:

  4. Loz says:

    Max as I’m not upto speed with my S9 plus duos yet. Will the camera APK be useful I’m me on this phone.


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33 Responses

  1. Samir Pant says:

    Stuck at..last step

  2. Adarsh Bhanushali says:

    Samsung s9

  3. Adarsh Bhanushali says:

    Please Samsung s9 pixel camera mod

  4. Anam says:

    possible in j7 prime?

  5. ZZz says:

    No APK! And does not work more after updates ((

  6. pandu says:

    getting app not installed application not supported error in j7 pro while installing apk

  7. M. Sohail Khan says:

    please add portrait mode for s9 plus

  8. Stewart says:

    Won’t work on Galaxy Note 4 !!

  9. Ag says:

    Not working (note 4)

  10. Daniel says:

    Doesn’t work on s8+ exynos when i click on the link it opens and closes at the same time a tried it like 5times but nothing

  11. Sam says:

    Does it suppots Galaxy j6 Indian phone Running on oreo

  12. Sam says:

    Does it work on Galaxy J6 Indian varient runing on Oreo ?

  13. Sam says:

    Does it supports galaxy j6 Indian varient running on Oreo

  14. Pavel says:

    Please provide me the download link for exynos galaxy s6

  15. Billy says:

    why magente , please solution.

  16. DJOli says:

    hello, I also want to have portrait mode on my new Samsung Galaxy J7 6, how can I install it?

  17. Jocelyn says:

    I can’t download it on my s7edge

  18. Eric says:

    S9 plus exynos here. Front hdr doesn’t work.

  19. Clark says:

    How to change default storage location to SD card?

  20. Shhhh says:

    I can’t install the app on my J3 2016

  21. Maxwell says:

    The google pixel camera ain’t working on my Samsung j3 2018. Is there any other alternative?

  22. Kwaku wadek says:

    It works perfectly but when i snap a front picture it automatically changes colour (voilet) and i dont knw how to change that settings…please help me

  23. Ardell says:

    Hello. Please the download link seems not to be working. The connection times out everytime.

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