How to create Tiny Planets (photo spheres) in Android 5.0+ (Lollipop)

in Geek Inside, Photos, Tutorials

When Android 4.2 was released, one of my favorite features was the new Camera app and its Photo Sphere option. It allowed you to take 360-degree panorama pictures, and you could then use the photo editor to create a “tiny planet” from this panorama. I actually published a few here on my blog:

When Android 5.0 (Lollipop) was released, it appeared that the option was gone from the editor. You could still create Photo spheres, but I couldn’t find a way to create the Tiny Planets. Lucky for me, I finally found the option back!

If, like me, you can’t locate the option anymore and would love to create your own little worlds again, without having to use a third-party app, follow the steps below.

1 – Open the Camera App

Not the new, awesome Photos app (if you don’t use it yet, you should!). Not your phone manufacturer’s camera app. Google’s default Camera app.

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Google’s Camera app is the one in the middle.

2 – Switch to Photo Sphere mode.

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Swipe left to access the different camera modes.

3 – Access recent Photo Sphere images

Once you’ve taken a Photo sphere, the camera app will need a few seconds to generate a Photo Sphere file from it. Once this is done, swipe right and you’ll be able to access all recent images taken with the Camera app.

4 – Tap the pencil icon to edit the Photo sphere

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Tap the pencil ✎ icon!

Also worth trying, the goggles’ icon will open the Photo Sphere view, which is a nice way to navigate your spheres.

5 – Pick the Tiny Planet option

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Et voilà ! That’s all there is to it! ? ?

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