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.
2 – Switch to Photo Sphere mode.
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
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
Et voilà ! That’s all there is to it! ? ?