how to take a picture on a chromebook

Camera App Chrome OS

Your Chromebook comes equipped with a built-in camera you can use to snap pictures to post to your social media accounts or share with friends and family. Here’s how to take a photo on a Chromebook.

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How to Take a Photo

Google recently rolled out Chrome OS 76 stable, which came with a bunch of new features such as Virtual Desks and a redesign of the Camera app. Google moved the position of the shutter button and camera mode, added a landscape mode, and implemented some much-needed improvements to shutter speed.

For this tutorial, we will use the stock Chromebook camera app, though you can use any camera app from the Play Store that you prefer.

First, open the Camera app on your Chromebook. You’ll find it under the launcher menu. Tap the “Search” button on the keyboard and search for “Camera.” Alternatively, click the “All Apps” button and look for the camera icon.

Tap the Search button, then type Camera to find the Camera app

Once the app opens, click the shutter button, located on the right side, to snap a picture.

Click the shuter icon to snap a pic.

By default, the photo is taken in landscape orientation. However, if you click “Square” before the shutter button, your photos will be square in shape with equal portrait and landscape dimensions.

Click on "Square" to take a square photo instead.

As soon as you hit the shutter button, a thumbnail of the most recent picture will appear in the bottom-right corner. You can press the shutter button to capture even more photos.

Three additional icons along the left side of the window give you even further assistance when taking photos on your Chromebook. Click on any of these to do the following:

  • Mirror the Photo: Flip the camera’s perspective from left to right.
  • Use Gridlines: Add a grid to help you straighten your picture before you snap it.
  • Timer: Take photos with a delayed timer.

Choose between these optional settings to help you take a better photo. Mirror, Gridlines, and self-timer.

Note: If you have more than one camera on your Chromebook, or if you plugged in an additional one via USB, you will see a fourth icon to switch between the active cameras.

You can customize the size of your camera grid or timer length by clicking on the gear icon. This will take you to the Settings menu.

Click the Settings cog to change a few of the Camera settings.

Click on either “Grid Type” or “Timer Duration” to change it to your preference. You can choose between 3×3, 4×4, and the Golden Ratio, and 3- or 10-second delays, respectively.

Change the type of Grid or the timer duration in Settings.

How to Locate Your Photos

After you’ve finished taking images, you’ll need to find the photos on your Chromebook to view, edit, and share them with your friends and family. This can be done directly from the Camera app or from inside the Files app. Here’s how.

Note: Your photos will be automatically saved in the Files app if your Chromebook is running Chrome OS version 69 or above.

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Using the Camera App

As mentioned above, as soon as you take a photo, a thumbnail of the most recent image will appear in the bottom-right corner underneath the shutter icon. Click on the thumbnail to view the photo in the Gallery app.

Click on the thumbnail of the most recent photo to open the Gallery app.

After the Gallery app opens, you’ll see all of your photos at the bottom of the window. Click on one to display it in the viewing area.

Your photos, along with all other images and videos, will appear at the bottom of the window.

If you no longer want a photo, select it and then click the trash can icon at the top of the window.

Not satisfied with the video? Click the trash can to delete it

Click “Delete” to remove the file.

Click "Delete" to get rid of the photo.

Using the Files App

First, open the Files app on your Chromebook. You’ll find it in the launcher by tapping the “Search” button on the keyboard and searching for “Files.” Alternatively, click the “All Apps” button and look for the icon.

Tap the Search button, then type Files to find the Files app

The default directory for saved photos can be found under My Files > Downloads on the left side of the Files app.

Navigate to My Files > Downloads to find all your recorded videos

From here, click on a photo and then choose from the top of the window what to do next. Click “Open” to decide what app to open the picture, the Share icon to send it to a friend, or the trash can icon to delete it from your Chromebook.

Choose to open, share, or delete the selected video file

After you click “Open,” you can also select “Change Default” if you want your images to automatically open in an app other than Gallery.

When you click "Open," you can choose between any of the apps on your system that open images.

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