Google HDR+ Camera for Galaxy S9 or Any Android!

For those of you who want to take advantage of Pixel 2’s HDR+ processing capabilities on your Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus or any other Android smartphone, you can now use the latest ported Google HDR+ camera which has been tested to work on the latest Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus also.  Currently I have tested many other devices including Galaxy S8, S8+, S7, S7 Edge, LG G6, LG V20, and they all work well.  This APK should also work on all Android smartphones except for a few.  It doesn’t hurt to try so just try it first and you have nothing to lose since you can simply uninstall it if it does not work out for you.

Devices confirmed working 100%:

  • Galaxy S9 & S9 Plus Exynos (Snapdragon seems to have trouble although unlocked U.S. model users have said it is working fine.)
  • Galaxy Note 8 Exynos & Snapdragon – Grab this one instead as it also comes with Portrait Mode.
  • Galaxy S8 & S8 Plus Exynos & Snapdragon – Grab this one instead as it also comes with Portrait Mode.
  • Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge Exynos & Snapdragon – Grab this one instead as it also comes with Portrait Mode.
  • Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge Exynos & Snapdragon – Grab this one instead as it also comes with Portrait Mode.
  • Galaxy Note 5 – Grab this one instead as it also comes with Portrait Mode.
  • LG V30, LG V20, LG G6
  • OnePlus 5T – Some people are saying it works flawless and some are saying a little laggy.

Devices not working:

  • Galaxy S9/S9 Plus Snapdragon
  • LG G3
  • C9 Pro
  • Moto G Plus
  • OnePlus One
  • Huawei P20 Pro, probably not compatible w/ any Huawei devices running Kirin processor as that processor is much different from Snapdragon/Exynos.

If your Android device isn’t listed, it doesn’t hurt to try.  At the worst, the HDR camera APK may not install or simply not work.

What will you get from this?

Google HDR+ processing can help get much better photos in both bright light and low light.  The HDR+ processes darks and lights much better than stock camera.

Will I be able to use my stock camera with it?

Yes, after installing the Google HDR+ camera, you will be able to use both your native stock camera or the Google HDR+ camera.  You will just have more cameras.

How to Install?

Once APK file has been installed(make sure Unknown Sources is checked ON) then go into camera settings and set the “Config camera HDR+” to “Nexus 6 HDR+ Auto”.

Video Tutorial & Demo:


Download Google HDR+ Camera for Galaxy S9/S9+ or any Android smartphone


Q: Why is the camera lagging?
A: Google HDR+ camera is built for Pixel phones and this is a ported version.   Try to hold the smartphone with 2 hands and hold it still for best results.

Q: Will there be updates?
A: Yes, these apps are developed by open-source developers and usually they work on their free time.   But Google has recently announced open-sourcing their HDR+ and portrait technology so in the near future, it may be possible that phone makers like Samsung and LG incorporate these features into the native camera app.  In the meanwhile, we will be researching all of the available Google HDR+ camera APK files to find you the best working ones.

Q: Why do I get banding at night?
A: Since this is a “ported” and highly-modified version of the original Google HDR+ camera, there may be side effect and that may including some purple banding in low-light.  However, HDR+ camera works best in good lighting conditions and you will get most out of it where you want to control your brights and darks better.  We don’t recommend to use Google HDR+ all the time but in times that require better dynamic range, you should use the HDR+ camera.  For everything else, your native camera app may work better.

Credits – XDA

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. admin says:

    Just use native camera for flash, Google HDR is really for no flash photos anyways.

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  1. Charles says:

    I installed camera on my One plus 5t. No problem with download or install. However, front facing shutter button does not Work. Rear facing shutter button and Vídeo shutter buttons work fine.

  2. Aaron says:

    The camera is lagging for all s9/s9+ users. Unsure why.

  3. qeezar says:
    for s9 exynos.
    try this portrait mode works on rear camera.
    but front camera does not seem to work with HDR or portrait.
    nexus 6
    portrait mode on all models (Checked)

  4. Rasi says:

    Does it works on A5 2017?

  5. Victor Cuellar says:

    Exynos S9+ unlocked Verizon – works but not the HDR+ 🙁

  6. Nilton says:

    Portrait mode for galaxy s9 Snapdragon?

  7. Tudor Dontu says:

    I use Motorola Z Play and the app is not compatible with this smartphone. Is there a solution to works on Moto Z Play?

  8. Aimee says:

    I installed this on a T-Mobile LG V20 with Android version 7.0. The Lookout security app is flagging the Camera app as containing “riskware”. Is this because the app is an altered version, or could it indicate a problem with the download? The MD5 sums matched.

  9. Dave says:

    Awesome stuff! This worked great!

  10. yuppicide says:

    This is pretty much useless as the lag is 3 or 4 seconds in both portrait and landscape mode.

  11. N says:

    Found (Babable – PUP.HighConfidence) while scanning here

  12. Sachin says:

    I have s9 plus n Google portrait mode apk doesnt work on exynos..
    Any one can share link..

  13. Venkat Satya says:

    It works flawless on my Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom, I think it may be due camera sensor on Zenfone 3 is Sony imx 362, which is same on Google pixel 2 phones. Zenfone 3 Zoom even has OIS, EIS and laser Autofocus. I bought this phone for 200 dollars in flipkart India. Best purchase ever. Thank you for Modded Apk.

  14. Sachin says:

    Flash doesn’t work taking portrait pics..
    Any solution..
    Wen proper mode will both camera working wil come..

  15. Sachin says:

    Google portrait mode apk for s9Plus..
    Pls share link if anyone have…

  16. Ryan says:

    I have a galaxy s9+ but u have the Snapdragon chip. I am newer to android and do not know how the Snapdragon vs Exynos thing works, but wanted to know if it will eventually become compatible with my phone. I am from the US so i tried installing it but it is pretty much unusable.

  17. Sunny says:

    Camera freezing on one plus 6

  18. Amir says:

    Already install this apps into my phone. Open Camera has stopped and close the apps everytime I open in my Sony Xperia XZ Premium. Anyone here can help me pleaseeee… Thank you very much for your kindness I really appreciate that.

  19. Jonathan says:

    Pls does it work it on Tecno Cx?

  20. Joe says:

    Does this work on the Note 9?

  21. ARBAAZ says:

    Please release apk for note 9

  22. Amarnath mukherjee says:

    It is not working on samsung j6 infinitely. Can you help me ?

  23. Vado says:

    Hi sorry me help me solve a problem that persists on my S9 more … when I set Google Camera and I activate Nexus HDR The camera and fashion portrait The camera will no longer work it becomes black Everything helps I really solve the problem … The model of my phone is the SM-G965U AT & T

  24. Isaac says:

    I have galaxy s9 but the Google Camera is not working on my galaxy s9 why ?

  25. AJAYBHAI says:

    Samsung Galaxy S9 note working camera

  26. AJAYBHAI says:

    Please help me S9 plus not working camera

  27. Ibrahim Ardo says:

    I was unable to download this app. Can I get it at the google play store?

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