Galaxy Note 4 has one of the best camera sensors you can get in 2014. The companion Camera app is also very user-friendly. But for some users, you may wonder where the camera modes are and how to get more camera modes for Galaxy Note 4.
This guide will show you how to manage Galaxy Note 4 camera modes and how to download and install more Galaxy Note 4 camera modes.
Since Galaxy S5, Samsung tried to simplify the camera app so that it is not overwhelming for new users.
In Galaxy Note 4, several camera modes (e.g., night mode) are combined into auto mode.
Some modes are not shown by default, but you can turn them on in the camera app.
A few camera modes are not pre-installed, but you can download and install them.
How to manage Galaxy Note 4 camera modes (turn on/off some camera modes)?
Start the Camera app in your Galaxy Note 4.
Tap MODE as shown below.
You will find, by default, only four camera modes, including Auto, Rear-cam selfie, Selective focus, and Panorama, are shown. Some other modes are installed but not enabled.
Tap Manage modes as shown below.
There are actually 8 (depending on your region) pre-installed camera modes in Galaxy Note 4. The other 4 camera modes are not activated by default.
Please note Auto mode is always enabled, and you cannot disable it. So, it is not listed when you tap the manage modes.
The camera modes checked here are enabled and are usable in the camera app. Others (not checked) are not activated.
You can check other four camera modes: Beauty Face, Shot & more, Virtual Tour and Dual Camera,
Once you finish the selection, tap Done as shown below.
Now, you can use all of the eight pre-installed camera modes in your Galaxy Note 4.
Please note the number of pre-installed and enabled camera modes may vary from region to region.
How to download and install new Galaxy Note 4 camera modes?
In addition to the eight pre-installed Galaxy Note 4 camera modes, you can also download and install additional camera modes provided by Samsung.
Some Galaxy Note 4 owners may complain about this arrangement. But this is actually a good move. Decoupling some features from pre-installed core apps makes it possible to update such features without waiting for firmware updates (which need carrier approval individually).
To download additional Galaxy Note 4 camera modes, tap Download as shown below.
This will open some hidden pages in Galaxy Apps, as shown below.
These apps are hosted in Galaxy Apps, but you cannot access them directly from Galaxy Apps. The only way to access them is from your Camera app.
Currently, there are 6 additional camera modes for your Galaxy Note 4. These include Sports shots, Animated photo, Surround shots, Sequence shots, Sound & shots and Food shots.
You need to install them one by one. Samsung does not provide bulk or package installation for these camera modes.
For example, you want to install Sports Shot.
Tap Sports shot as shown below.
In the Sports shot details page, tap Free as shown below.
Just like normal apps, you need to acknowledge the app permissions.
For Sports shot, of course, it needs permission to access the Camera app.
Tap Accept and download to proceed with the installation, as shown below.
Now, this camera mode (Sports Shot) will be downloaded and installed on your Galaxy Note 4.
Once the installation is done, the Sports Shot mode will be activated automatically and is ready for use, as shown below.
Of course, if, for any reason, you want to deactivate it, you can tap manage modes to manage it as pre-installed Galaxy Note 4 camera modes (as mentioned above).
You can download and install other Galaxy Note 4 camera modes similar for your phone.
Galaxy Note 4 camera modes for front camera
For the front-facing camera, Galaxy Note 4 provides special modes for selfies: Selfie mode and Wide selfie mode.
So, when you switch to the front camera, the available camera modes will be Selfie mode (default), Wide selfie (for taking a 120-degree-view selfie), and Sound & shot (recording voices with the photo when taking a selfie), as shown below.
Can you manage and download Galaxy Note 4 camera modes now?
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More how-to guides, tips, and tricks for using the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are available on the Galaxy Note 4 how-to guides page.