How to get Astrophotography feature from Pixel 4 to your Android Phone

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What is Astrophotography?

If we go into Wikipedia definition, Astrophotography is the photography of astronomical objects, celestial events, and areas of the night sky.get

Astrophotography feature from Pixel 4 is indeed one of the feature that any photographer should be looking out for in this new phone.

The first photograph of an astronomical object (the Moon) was taken in 1840, but it was not until the late 19th century that advances in technology allowed for detailed stellar photography.

Besides being able to record the details of extended objects such as the Moon, Sun, and planets, astrophotography has the ability to image objects invisible to the human eye such as dim stars, nebulae, and galaxies.

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This is done by long-time exposure since both film and digital cameras can accumulate and sum light photons over these long periods of time.

Google Pixel 4 camera images
Google Pixel 4 camera images

Where else Astrography feature is used for?

Besides being able to record the details of extended objects such as the Moon, Sun, and planets, astrophotography has the ability to image objects invisible to the human eye such as dim stars, nebulae, and galaxies.

How to get the Pixel 4 Astrography feature?

Note: Use the original Gcam 7.9 if you have the previous generation Google devices including Pixel 3, 3 XL, 2, 2XL, 1, 1 XL, and 3a (XL). For all other Android phones, you will need to download the Gcam 7.0 mod APK. (first link)

What do you require to get Astrography feature from Pixel 4?

In order to activate the Astrophotography feature in Google camera 7.0, you will need a tripod and enable some features from the developer settings.

Download the Google Camera (Gcam 7.0) from here

Enabling Astro-Photography feature in Gcam 7.0 Pixel 4 mod

  • Download the Google Camera mod from above.
  • Install and launch the Gcam app on your Android phone.
  • Swipe down to get the settings menu.
  • Tap on the settings icon.
  • Scroll down and find “Developer Settings”. On some Gcam mods, the developer settings option is under “About”.
  • Under Developer Settings, scroll down and enable the following options:


  • From the camera’s main UI, select Night Sight.
  • Now, in order to activate Astrophotography, you will need to keep your phone very steady.
  • Take your tripod and go out for some Astrophotography!

Final words

Google is trying its best to use its software and along with machine learning to capture as much as details in the photographs taken from the lenses of the smartphones (Pixels lineup).

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Dhaval is a tech geek who loves developing software, games and writing technical posts. In his free time, he loves to read novels.

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