Guide: Xiaomi Mi 9 SE Google Camera (GCam) installation without root

Google Camera 7.0


Latest Version:

File Name: GCam_7.2.010_Urnyx05-v1.1.apk

Dev & Date: (Urnyx05, 2019-11-06)

Download Link:

Change Log:

– Changed the name of the app to the original one
– Added “Info” section and removed useless “help and feedback” options
– Added AWB option
– Added an option to change the maximum exposure time of Astrophotography (thanks CStark)
– Added an option to force enable/disable astrophotography (thanks Arnova)
– Changed lib with one modified by Marian (it’s very similar to the lib Fi v2 for Mi9 on 6.2)
– Increased maximum digital zoom to 30x (thanks CStark)
– Fixed resolutions (now they show exactly the resolution located in RAW Stream from Hal)

Previous Version:

File Name: GCam_v7.0.009-v4.4.apk

Dev & Date: (Urnyx05, 2019-10-23)

Download Link:

Change Log:

– Fixed every main problem of Mi9 / Mi9SE / Mi9T – Mi9T Pro (Like not working videos, not working portrait mode, crashing motion, etc…)
– Added buttons for AUX lenses.
– Added the option to enable/disable shutter sound.
– Fixed Sabre on front and AUX lenses.
– Forced 100% JPEG quality.
– Cleared some useless code.

Enabling Astro-Photography feature in Gcam 7.0

  • Download the Google Camera mod from above.
  • Install and launch the Gcam app on your Android device.
  • Swipe down to go to the settings menu.
  • Tap on the settings icon.
  • Scroll down and find “Developer Settings”. (On some Gcam mods, the developer settings option is under “About”.)
  • Under “Developer Settings”, scroll down and enable the following 3 options:


  • From the camera’s main UI, select “Night Sight”.
  • Now, in order to activate “Astrophotography”, you will need to keep your phone very steady.
  • Take your tripod and go out for taking some Astrophotography!

Google Camera 6.0


Mi 9 SE Google Camera Latest Version:

File Name: MGC_6.2.030_MI9SE_V4_plus2.apk

Dev & Date: (BSG, 2019-06-22)

Download Link:

Change Log:

  • Launched Slow-Mo
  • Removed the night mode braking
  • Added camera reboot session after photo: In night and portrait mode, moved it on / off to settings. (Camera reboot is disabled by default – you need to enable it in settings)
  • Corrected the work “Reinit camera session”

Update 2019-06-12:

  • Added a set of metadata before the start of the photo.
  • Should always take a picture when you click on the trigger, it will also be possible to have better photos.

Update: 2019-06-14:

  • HDR+ with flash.
  • Switch between camera modules using the camera switch button (main > front > wide). Double tap the button to directly open the wide camera.

Update 2019-06-16:

  • Added flash button to night mode (auto flash does not work in night mode)
  • Fixed some bugs.
  • Removed 60fps on the front camera to fix the crash.

Update 2019-06-18:

  • Changed the work of auto-focus in video mode.
  • Added a Google version of compression to “jpg compression quality”.
  • Fixed some bugs.

Update 2019-06-20:

  • Night sight (aka night mode) fixed.

Update 2019-06-22:

  • Tested in poor light conditions and the HDR+ mode was too noisy, so added a “enhance noise” item to the settings menu.

How to import / export configuration files:

Some Google Camera versions support export/import of .xml files, allowing users to quickly load the best settings for their phone or lightning conditions.

Config files are stored in the /GCam/Configs/ directory, with /GCam/ being next to the DCIM, Downloads, etc, folders.

This folder needs to be created manually using a file manager (no root needed) or automatically by exporting/saving your config (use the option in settings menu). Config files use the .xml extension.

Import / Load:

To import a config file from another user, move it to the /GCam/Configs/, open Google Camera, double click the dark area around the capture button, select the config, and then click on “restore”.

Export / Save:

To backup your settings, use the option available in the settings menu. Your configuration will be saved in the default /GCam/Configs/ folder (eg: /GCam/Configs/config-name.xml). This file can be used on another GCam version that supports this feature or shared with another users.

Usage Scenarios:

This can be used for a few things. For example:

  • Quickly switch between the best settings for low light and day light.
  • Use recommended settings from devs/other users for your phone.
  • Move between versions without loosing your settings.
  • Keep unstable features enabled on one config but disabled on another.


1- Download and install the APK file from above links.
2- Configure the app using the suggested settings. (Some APKs don’t need configuration.)
3- Restart the app and shoot!

1- This port only works on phones with the Camera2 API enabled; which fits to all Android 9 (Pie) versions of Mi 9 SE ROMs.
2- Requires Google Apps installed. (If not, just search install “Google Drive” from Mi Store, it will add all required apps too.)
3- If you can’t install the app you already have a Mi 9 SE Google Camera app installed, try to remove it first before installing a new one. If your ROM ships with a pre installed app, remove it or use a different ROM.

Google Camera provides flash effect with white flashing screen when using front selfie camera.

All details and resource:

Google Camera Port
(A download page for some of the Google Camera mods. From devs like BSG, Arnova8G2, and many others.)

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