Get Google Pixel 2 Phone’s New Motion Photos on Android

Motion Photos on Android
How can I get Google Pixel 2 Phone’s New Motion Photos on Any Android?

Google’s new smartphone, Pixel 2, has lots of great features, one of which is new motion photos. This is very much like Apple’s Live Photos feature. Here, you take a snap, and you get a few seconds of video footage from before and after the shot, which is embedded in the file, which gives you two ways to relive that moment.

But if you do not own a Google Pixel 2 but still want this feature for your photos, then no worries; several existing apps can give you this functionality on any Android device.  

Motion Photos on Android

All you need to do is download these apps from the app store and see for yourself. So, let’s find out how to get Google Pixel 2 phone’s new motion photos on any Android.

Here are the best three apps that you can use

1. Samsung Motion Photo

Samsung Motion Photo
Samsung Motion Photo

If you have a newer Galaxy device running Android Nougat, like the Galaxy S8 or Note 8, Samsung’s stock camera app has a shooting mode that should be practically identical to Google’s new Motion Photos. To try it out, open your camera app, then tap the gear icon in the top-right corner. From there, scroll down and make sure “Motion photo” works.

Whenever you take a picture, your phone automatically captures a few seconds of video footage and embeds it into the picture file. Open your default Gallery app, then find any picture you took after enabling this setting. When viewing the photo, you’ll see an orange play button in the top-right corner—tap this, and then your picture will come to life.

2. Motion Stills

Motion stills app
Motion Stills app

Google’s own Motion Stills app works on all Android. This doesn’t create a still photo and attach a video to it, but it likely has more in common with the new Pixel 2 feature than any other method. Using a fancy stabilization algorithm, Motion Stills creates beautiful, looping GIFs that are incredibly easy to share.

Once you download the app on your Android smartphone from Google Play, open it up, and tap the shutter button towards the bottom of the screen. This will automatically capture a 3-second clip, so hold your phone relatively steady.

When you do it, you can scroll down to see your creation. Tapping the image will bring up a set of controls that you can use to tweak the GIF and its looping transition. When you’re happy with the results, press the forward arrow to share your creation as an MP4 or a GIF.

3. Camera MX

Camera MX app

Camera MX is also an app that works on any Android device. It works the same as Apple’s implementation of Live Photos, which itself is obviously very similar to the new Pixel 2 feature. The best part is that it works on almost any phone. First, download this app from Google Play and install Camera MX to begin.

Once you’ve installed the app, open the camera interface and tap the button with three circles near the top-left corner. From there, select “Live Shot,” and you’ll be prompted to enable the feature. You can tap “Try It” for a quick demo, or “Unlock” and then provide your Facebook or Google info to unlock the full feature for free.

After you click the pictures, you can view them in Camera MX’s built-in gallery. Live Shots will look like still photos at first, but when you long-press them, the attached video will start playing in a loop. From there, if you tap the share button, you can send the image as a still photo or an animated GIF.


So, any Android with these apps will get you the same effects and features for a photo shoot with a few seconds of video attached to it without owning a Google Pixel 2 new smartphone.

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