Redmi Note 7 in general was one of the bestselling smartphone series for the brand. This particular series was immensely popular not just Xiaomi’s key markets India and China but all over the world. In the series we got the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the first budget smartphone from the brand to get a 48MP main camera sensor.
While the camera performance given the launch year was sufficiently decent, the same cannot be said as of now. This is where camera mods come into play. For the purpose of this post, we will try and install the latest Google Camera 8 build on the Redmi Note 7 Pro smartphone. Google Pixel smartphone series is quite popular for its camera performance. It is the computational photography which is the core product here that lets Pixel phones with not so big camera sensors take breathtaking shots.
This magic that Pixel phones are able to pull off is due to Google’s mastery in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Since this came to market, lot more brands have tried to recreate the same algo’s but none have been that successful so far. But this hasn’t been the case with Android community devs. We now have access to a bunch of developers builds of what the community calls GCam or Google Camera Mod.
Thanks to these GCam mods, some of the Pixel only camera features that are now available on a variety of Android smartphones including Xiaomi phones are Astrophotography, HDR+, Pixel’s iconic portrait mode, dual cam, AR sticker, and filters. Before we get into the guide make sure you have all the pre-requisites checked off.
Before getting into the guide, let’s have a refresher on the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The phone had a fairly large Full HD+ display with dew-drop notch, came with a glass sandwich design with a dual camera setup on the back. The main sensor on the back was a 48MP which was assisted by a rather smaller sensor. Overall, the phone was hit due to the hardware packed into it with respect to the price.
- Make sure the phone’s battery is charged above 65%.
- Camera2 Probe APK
- Camera2 API enabled
- Unlocked Bootloader on the Xiaomi smartphone
- Latest GCam mod APK
Installing the GCam port on a Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro smartphone
The installation process is no different from installing a separate camera app. You can follow the steps mentioned below:
- Download the latest GCam port APK from here.
- For the sake of this guide, we will be installing the MGC Google Camera port.
- Once the APK file is downloaded, locate it in the file manager and install it.
- Tap on Allow if you see the pop-up “Allow installation from unknown sources.”
- Now, locate the Google Camera icon in the app drawer and tap on it.
Now you’re halfway done. Getting the Google Camera port is one part, now we need to load a custom XML file onto the app, that houses all the settings perfect for a Xiaomi smartphone. These XML files are called Google Camera configs.
GCam settings (Configs)
It is always recommended to use the supported Config file, which sets the Google Camera app settings according to the device and helps in getting rid of bugs or glitches in the Google camera app.
- Go to the Config file section of the MGC GCam port page.
- Locate your device and download the required XML file.
- Go to internal storage through a file manager and create a folder GCam → Configs.
- Move the downloaded Config file to the “Configs” folder.
- Open the GCam app and double tap on the import area.
- Select the downloaded config file.
- Click on Restore.
While these Config files are essential, you could run the app without loading one in case you don’t get the desired Config file for your phone.