Redmi Note series has always been one of the bestsellers for Redmi brand in Global markets. The brand made strides with the Note 3, Note 4 and the Note 5 series was considered a significant update.
Given how well the Note 5 series did in the market, Redmi hasn’t totally dropped the update cycle for the Note 5 Pro. The phone recently got the MIUI 12 update which will be last update for the smartphone. That being said, the Note 5 Pro still holds well even after 4 years from the launch. Where it might be lacking is the camera department, and in this post, we will go through the steps of installing the Google Camera mod.
We will try and install the latest Google Camera 7 build on the Redmi Note 5 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.
Before getting started with the guide, let us explore the Note 5 Pro. The Redmi Note 5 Pro was introduced in early 2018 and packed a 5.99-inch Full HD+ LCD panel. The phone has sort of symmetrical bezels on both the top and bottom giving the phone a modern look. The construction for the smartphone was done in both metal and plastic. It also introduced pleasing colors to the market as well like the pink and blue shades.
Under the hood, the phone got the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core SoC with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. As for selfies, there was a 20MP camera and a dual camera on the back that got the main job done. Like with the previous Note series smartphone, it also had a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a large 4,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging.
- Make sure the phone’s battery is charged above 70%.
- 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 5 Pro smartphone
The installation process is similar to 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.
We are 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 Arnova 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. Try changing XML files to get the desired output from the GCam as per your liking.