How to enable portrait mode on Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel and Pixel XL

Google Pixel 2 XL vs Google Pixel XL vs Google Nexus 6P

A few years ago, smartphone buyers were looking for devices that offered bigger screens, bigger batteries and premium designs, but today, the focus has shifted to the camera.

Look at any smartphone review, especially on YouTube, and you’ll realize that nearly 70% of the entire review covers the camera. This shows you just how important this feature means to smartphone buyers and it’s for this reason Google focused a lot on image quality with respect to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. In fact, the search giant has been doing this for a while now, including with the launch of the Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel and Pixel XL.

With last year’s Google Pixel 2, the search giant continued its focus on camera by introducing a new feature known as portrait mode. However, the 2016 Pixels and 2015 Nexuses were left out but thanks to the brain behind Camera NX app, these devices can now take advantage of the portrait mode feature in the simplest way possible.

Camera NX is nothing new to Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and original Pixel users. The sole focus of the mod has been to bring the best features of the Google Camera app to older phones and with the introduction of portrait mode, it seems users have exactly what they’ve been yarning for.

How to enable portrait mode on Google Nexus 6P, 5X, Pixel or Pixel XL

The developer of the app has kept things as simple as possible. Installing and using Camera NX couldn’t be any simpler. The first thing you need to do is to download and install the Camera NX APK (mirror version). The latest version is 7.3 and is based on Google Camera 5.1.016. Of course, this app isn’t coming from the Play Store and as such, you must first of all enable installation from “Unknown sources” first before you can proceed with downloading and installing the APK.

When done, open the Camera NX app and you should see an interface that doesn’t stray from what you are used to seeing on the Google Camera app – both for the app icon and interface. The portrait mode option will be added to the app’s menu.

Of course, don’t expect the portrait mode results on the Google Nexus 6P or Pixel XL to be the same as those on the Google Pixel 2. In fact, the feature only goes into full effect when it detects a human face, otherwise, trying to capture portrait-mode images of other objects will not work, at least for now. Hopefully, this shortcoming will be addressed in a future update.

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