GCam for Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus – Google Camera 9.2 Download

The Pixel camera or well known as GCam for Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus is now available to download which are brought to you by BSG, Arnova8G2, Zoran. The compatible google camera ports are for Snapdragon and Exynos variants which are separately mentioned.

This GCam APK was never primarily built for these phone, hence it is possible that all of the camera features might not be working well. Having said that, never mind to try other Google Camera APK port from this huge list, if few features do not work on these builds added here!

Available version of GCam

With every Android major version update we get a major update of the Google camera as well.

In between, there are some minor version release of the GCam also comes, so I am listing out all available versions of the mod for Galaxy S9 / S9 Plus so that you can get to know when we have an update, right from the below list.

  • GCam 9.2 (Latest Version)
  • GCam 8.8
  • GCam 8.4
  • GCam 8.1
  • GCam 7.4 (Supports xml config)
  • GCam 6.2
  • GCam 6.1

Stock One UI Camera vs GCam on Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

The default One UI camera that comes on the phone and the Google Camera port has significant differences to consider which one to use and where! To be able to take a wise decision on different occasions, I will list down all the similarities and/or differences between these two camera apps.

Let’s have a look at the below detailed section so that you can understand things in a better way.

What’s better on the One UI camera?

Well, the default camera app that comes on the phone is equally good and provides several features that the GCam does not have.

Let’s have a look at the below features that is available on Galaxy S9 / S9 Plus One UI Camera:

  • Pro mode on the the stock One UI camera app is available for both photo and video modes. This provides common controls such as Shutter speed, ISO control etc. but not like the way the TRUE pro level features that comes on MIUI camera.
  • Super slow-motion and Hyperlapse feature
  • Better compatibility with all camera sensors
  • Allows to capture in highest resolution each sensor supports such as 100MP or 50MP etc.
  • Bixby vision does a screen analysis and provides useful information.

Advantages of using Google camera / GCam on Galaxy S9 / S9 Plus

People know the GCam app from couple of years since when it had the HDR+. And then the camera app has evolved significantly.

Below are some of the extra features that you can expect to enhance your existing camera setup on the Galaxy S9 / S9 Plus:

  • With Night Sight mode you get better exposed low light images from the camera.
  • Astrophotography mode used to capture the sky and celestial bodies in the dark. Not for everyone, but worth mentioning in thia features list.
  • Multi-mode video stabilization
  • HDR+ brings much images in a condition where you have much brighter or darker regions in the scene.
  • DSLR like bokeh effect with GCam’s portrait mode.
  • RAW image capture so that it can be edited in the post
  • GCam in most cases captures natural looking pictures

Disadvantages of GCam

  • Finding the right gcam port for Galaxy S9 / S9 Plus is neither a straight forward task nor easy
  • Not all compatible mods available are specifically tuned for the Galaxy S9 / S9 Plus. It is possible that some or other features of GCam might be working might not be working as intended.
  • The stock One UI camera app has a pro mode for photo as well as video which does not exist on Google Camera mod.
  • Sometimes not all cameras available to use.
  • May require advanced settings to use the high resolution mode on the primary camera.

Compatibility Status of GCam on Galaxy S9 / S9 Plus

What’s working

  • Aperture switching for main camera (settings > Samsung CameraAPI2 > toggle Switch to 2.4f aperture)
  • Top Shot Mode: Now works with Google Photos
  • Night Sight
  • Astrophotography mode
  • Multi-mode video stabilization
  • Portrait mode
  • Wide angle camera (hold the toggle camera button to switch between wide and regular rear cameras, press to switch between rear camera and front camera)
  • Works without Google services
  • Almost everything else as well

What’s not working?

  • Nothing reported yet

Where to Download GCam port for Galaxy S9/+?

As mentioned in the list of compatible Google Camera apks for Galaxy S9 / S9+, here are the direct download links for the same.

File nameGCam APK
Latest version9.2
RequirementsAndroid 8.0 and up
Config supportYES (v7.4)
Compatible GCam port for Galaxy S9 / S9+

How to Install GCam APK on Galaxy S9 and S9+?

  1. Download a compatible GCam APK port for Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus from the below download link(s).
  2. To install apps from a third party app other than Play Store you need to enable app install from Unknown Sources on your Android device.
  3. For Android Oreo or Pie version, enable Install Unknown Apps from the app from which you are going to install the Google Camera APK.
    1. For example: if you have downloaded the Google Camera apk file on Google chrome or firefox browser on your phone.
    2. Or you have downloaded and copied the apk file to the file browser and you want to install it from there.
  4. Go to Settings > Apps & notifications > Open the app (Chrome, Firefox or file manager app etc) > Install unknown apps and enable Allow from this source
  5. See the below screenshots that enables to install unknown apps on Oreo for Chrome app (you need to enable on the app from where you want to install the apk):
    Enable unknown sources to install app
  6. Once enabled, click on the downloaded app to install.
  7. Once installed you can clear the app data and open the app and enjoy the feature packed Google Camera APK on Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus.

How to enable Night and Dark mode on IDan’s GCam 4.7 for Galaxy S9 / S9+ Exynos?

To enable Night mode and Super Night (Dark) mode on IDan’s GCam, follow the below instructions:

  • Go to Settings > Disable Reduce contrast if it is enabled.
  • Scroll down little more and go to Portrait, Lens Blur and other settings > Lens Blur mode megapixels > Set as 12.6 MP
  • Then go to Fast config. toogles > enable the Enable Night settings toggle by Egoist, enable the Enable Super Night (Dark) settings toggle by Egoist and enable the Enable Default config. toggle

Default settings to set for Galaxy S9 / Plus Google Camera 6.2.024 APK:

Enable or set the following settings to get maximum out of the app:

  • Sensor: RAW_SENSOR Viewfinder: YVU_420_888
  • Base Config: Pixel2018 ZSL HDR+
  • Back camera: Pixel XL(for better nightshots) or Pixel 3 XL
  • Front camera: Pixel XL

Images captured on Galaxy S9 / Plus using the Google Camera

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The above images are taken from following users (from Reddit and Imgur):
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The above images are taken from following users (from Reddit):
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Troubleshooting GCam Issues

In case you have found any issue with the given Google Camera mod then leave a comment so that we can find out a solution for you!
You can also visit our known issues list for google camera which lists some known issues on this Gcam port, which might be helpful as well.

Conclusion

Of course GCam is good but that does not mean the One UI camera is bad. GCam provides better image quality, it has several features of its own which out performs the stock camera app.

But Samsung’s stock camera also has some good features which cannot be overlooked such as the Pro features, better hardware compatibility etc.

Summarizing it all, GCam will not replace the One UI camera rather both the camera apps can be installed on the same phone and you can use each app for which it better suits to your needs.

New features and updates of the GCam APK keep coming, hence there could be many versions of the GCam ports available for the Galaxy S9 / S9 Plus today and in future. This page will always list all the compatible Google Camera versions for the phone.

You can visit the Samsung GCam ports download page to get compatible google camera ports for other Samsung phones.

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