Time needed: 3 minutes.
Enable Astro Mode on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 1
- Download this modded GCam port APK file
- Sideload the APK file to install the application
- Open up the Camera PX app
- Swipe over to the Night Sight mode
- Then take your Astro Mode photograph
Remember to use a tripod at night to enable the feature.
How to Take an Astrophotography Mode Photo?This is actually rather interesting because Google is advertising this feature quite a bit right now. However, it’s not like there’s a new Astro Mode option in the list of various camera modes. We actually use it by going into Night Sight camera mode, but even then it isn’t easy to see how we can take an Astro Mode photo. So, once you open the Camera PX app, follow these steps to enable Astro Mode. . .
- Swipe over to the Night Sight Mode
- Attach your Pixel 1 or Pixel 2 to a tripod
- Point the rear camera at the dark night sky
- Tap the Moon shutter button and wait 1-4 minutes for the image to be captured
Why Isn’t Google’s Astrophotography Mode Turning On?Once you get the hang of actually triggering the Astrophotography Mode text at the top of the screen, you start to understand why it wasn’t showing up before. It seems the smartphone is constantly monitoring the motion of the device when you are in Night Sight mode and that’s why a tripod is recommended. So if you can’t get it to turn on then it may be the phone that’s detecting motion. Light pollution is another key thing that will prevent the Astrophotography Mode text from appearing on the screen. If you don’t see that text on the screen then it will be a regular Night Sight photo. If you can, point it to the darkest part of the sky and think about bringing an umbrella or something that can help keep lights from shining on the phone’s camera sensors. If everything is set up properly, you may simply need to tap the screen to get it to trigger the sensors and let it enable the Astro Mode for you.