Settings – Other


Choose the look of the app, either Dark (white on black) or Light (black on white).

Show Advanced Settings

If this is not enabled  (the default) settings which may cause the device to crash are not shown. It is usually safe to enable this setting but be aware that it lets you do things which may not be supported by your phone (e.g. using a preview size with a different aspect ratio to the picture size.

Storage Location

This opens a dialog to allow you to choose where photos and video are stored. If you have a phone with an external SD card and it is running a version of Android which allows storing media on the card (not unmodified 4.4) you can use this to put your photos on the card.

Append DCIM/Camera

Add DCIM/Camera to the storage location.

Try to Use Mediastore

Some versions of Android 4.4 allow you to store media on an external card using the Mediastore content provider. Most versions of 4.4 do not support this and it has known problems so it is not recommended that you use this setting. This setting was removed in version 6.8.4 of the app.

Use Storage Access

Use the Android “Storage Access” framework on Android 5.0 and later. See the FAQ for a description of this.

Silent Shutter

This option tries to mute the shutter sound. In some countries it is illegal to take silent photos and so sometimes it’s not possible for this to work. On most LG Phones you need to enable “LG Camera Mode” for this to work.

Flash Sound

Make a high pitched sound when the flash has fired.

Volume Keys

Use the volume keys to either take photos, zoom, change the exposure or the system default.

Preview Cropping

When enabled the preview will always take up the whole screen by cropping top and bottom. Switch it off if you take 4×3 photos and want to see the whole frame.

Ghost Previous Shot

Show a faint copy of the previous shot on the screen. This is useful for making stop motion animations.

Display Brightness

This sets the screen to full brightness when the camera is running. The “Dim” setting reduces the display brightness to the minimum. Be careful, on some devices this turns the display off and you will need to restore default settings from the gallery menu.

Disable Long Press

With this set to “off” a long press in the screen will open the controller. You can also open the controller by tapping the left of the screen (in landscape). If you never use the long press, this will stop the controller appearing when you try to swipe left but take too long.

New UI

Use the new style controller rather than the older style.

New Focus Animation

Use the new style focus animation rather than the older style.

Horizon Indicator

Display a bar on the screen to show when the phone is level

Horizon Adjustment

Some phones do not have a well calibrated gravity sensor, use this to correct it.

Grid Lines

Show grid lines to allow easier shot composition.

Stable Shot

When in stable shot mode, a photo will only be taken if the phone is held completely still. This mode uses the gyroscope (or accelerometer if you don’t have a gyroscope).

Stable Shot Sensitivity

Some gyroscopes/accelerometers are more sensitive than others, change this setting so that stable shot works well.

Show centre Detail

Show a magnified preview in the centre of the screen, this is useful for manual focus. The area will be oval if OpenGLES 2.0 is enabled.

Launcher Icon

Lets you change the icon shown by the launcher.

Disable Gallery

Disables the gallery. Swipe left will still work but if you tap top left a different gallery app can be used.

Use OpenGLES 2.0

Use the newer graphics API. This allows Zebra Patterning but may be slower on older devices.

Use Camera2 API

Use the new camera2 api interface, this allows many new features but is only supported on recent devices. See here.

Custom Settings

Allows you to customise two of the controller settings.


Change rotation behaviour:

Current+Rotate Icons is the default, the current display rotation is locked and only the icons rotate (On some devices this will lock to portrait to allow a transparent navigation bar).

Landscape+Rotate Icons locks the display to landscape and rotates the icons.

Portrait+Rotate Icons locks the display to portrait and rotates the icons.

Lock Landscape and Lock Portrait don’t rotate the icons.

Rotate Display rotates the display rather than the icons, this means there will never be a rotation when swiping left but the display rotation will take longer than when the icons are rotated..

Show capture animation


On – after shot has been taken the image will slide off screen to gallery.
Off – shot image removed immediately. No animation.

Animate icons

Default – On

Animation of icons when moving from camera to gallery
Suggestion: Low end devices may have a smoother transition if you switch this off.

English Language

This setting appears if your phone is not set to English and forces the app to use English instead.

On-screen Settings

This setting allows you to choose some settings which will always be shown on the main camera screen. You can also disable the Switch Camera, Menu and Flash Settings.

Date First Photo Names

This settings changes how photos are named, instead of IMG_YYYYMMDD_HHMMSS.jpg, it will use YYYYMMDD_HHMMSS_IMG.jpg

Save Settings

Save all settings to the default storage location (/sdcard/snap_settings.bin)

Load Settings

Load all settings from the default location

Restore Defaults

Clear all settings and reset them to their defaults.


Find out about who wrote the app and what version you have. This also lets you send us debugging information.

Android Camera App