What Is an Android Photo Sphere

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Android Photo Spheres are panoramic images on steroids. You can take 360 degree images of the entire room, the entire outdoors, or just a portion. Best yet, your Photo Spheres are compatible with Google Plus and will display in posts and allow visitors to interact with the spheres to view them.

Android supports Photo Sphere on Android Jelly Bean and higher. That includes most recent phones and tablets, although your device must have a gyro sensor in order for it to work.


Stock Google Nexus phones support Photo Sphere out of the box, starting with the Nexus 4 phone back in 2012. Other non-Nexus Android phones may have a similar feature that goes by a different name. 

To take a Photo Sphere:

  1. Go to the camera. Tap on the camera icon and pick the item that looks like a small globe with a panorama stretched over it. That's the Photo Sphere mode.
  2. Take a picture as normal.
  3. Keep your camera steady.
  4. You should see a message to align your camera with the blue dot. Tilt your camera up, down, left, or right slowly to match the center of the screen with the blue dot for the next area. The picture will snap automatically when you get there.
  5. Keep going for as long as you wish to take as many images as possible and make your complete Photo Sphere.
  6. Note - this may look a little weird if you try to take pictures of people, since they tend to move between shots. Landscapes and interior shots are your best bets. 

    Share your photo to Google Photos or Google+, and everyone who has access to view your post will enjoy your work.