How to install the Google Camera GCam on Xiaomi Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite

You have asked for it in many and finalmentsand we're happy to bring you all the guidance on how to install the Google Camera on your Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite device, the sequel to the gloria so Mi A1 of Xiaomi, which also embrace the Android One project. To be honest Mi AXMUMX has a photographic sector that already performs its work in an excellent way, giving shots that with some trick can compete with camera phone more noble, in short, small works of art. Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, perhaps it is the one that best lends itself to this modding operation, which I remind everyone must be performed by competent and capable people. And so on with the disclaimer:

ATTENTION: The guide involves modding operations that if done incorrectly could damage your device. Therefore we recommend the operation only to those who have a good experience about the Android universe. The staff of XiaomiToday.it assumes no responsibility for any damage to your device.

But let's not waste any more time, and start with this guide that will allow you to enjoy the potential of the GCam on your Xiaomi Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite. In this case the test was performed on Mi A2 Lite but the guide is also functional for Mi A2, with the only consideration that of course what changes is the boot.img file to patch. But before you start, I invite you to review our reviews related to We are A2 e Mi A2 Lite.

How to install the Google Camera GCam on Xiaomi Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite


  • Pc Windows with operating system Windows 10
  • smartphone Mi A2 / Mi A2 Lite at least 70% charged
  • driver ADB and Fastboot installed (click here for download)
  • Google Camera mod (I recommend the GCam Arnova for Mi A2 Lite you can find here, or find the one you prefer looking for here)
  • Package containing the boot.img and files for install GCam that you can download from here

WARNING: the boot.img file contained in the archive refers to the Mi A2 Lite device with ROM V9.6.6.0.ODLMIFF. If you have a different ROM from this you have to provide to extract the boot.img file related to your version possibly downloading the ROM from here for Mi A2 e here for MI A2 Lite. Or do some research on the net but pay attention to what you download because you could bootloop your device.

1) Go in Settings - System - Information on the phone - touch the voice repeatedly (seven times) "Build number" until enable Developer Options.

2) Return to the previous screen and enter the Developer Options. Make sure it is activate the USB debug entry and then proceed to enable the option "OEM Unlocking".

3) Go to the folder where the ADB drivers are located (to understand the folder platform tools) and start a PowerShell command window (right mouse button + Shift key on the keyboard at the same time)

4) Connect your smartphone to the PC in file transfer mode and from the PowerShell command window, give the command:

adb devices

5) If everything is ok, one must appear series of numbers and letters as shown in the image

6) At this point always from the command window write the command:

adb reboot bootloader


7) The phone will restart in Fastboot mode (you will see on the smartphone display the MITU mascot icon and the Android robot)

8) always from the PowerShell command window, to see that the drivers are correctly installed and that the smartphone is appropriately recognized, write:

fastboot devices


9) You will find there as for the adb command a series of numbers and letters related to your devices

11) Now write the command for unlock the bootloader:

fastboot oem unlock

11) The message OK will appear on the control screen the phone will restart, erasing all data and showing one first screen that will warn you that your bootloader is unlocked.


11) Time transfer the folder (in our case called lite) previously downloaded (SEE PREREQUISITES) in the internal memory of your smartphone

11) Go inside the File Manager (File) and move to the folder that has just been transferred from the PC

11) Connect to a WiFi network and then provide for install Magisk Manager. Once the installation is complete, start the application

11) The application will ask you to install the latest version of Magisk Manager. Click on Install

11) Restart the application, which will ask you again if you want to install the latest release. Click Install

11) Now you will be asked if you want to download a zip file or if you patch the boot image. Choose the second option

11) You will be asked to choose the file boot.img that you have previously copied within the folder transferred to your Mi A2 Lite

11) Now a Magisk application screen will start in which a series of writings will appear. Wait until the All done!

11) Time transfer the patched boot file to your computer (find it in the download folder of your Mi A2 / Mi A2 Lite) ed insert it into the platfoorm tools folder

11) Reopen the PoweSshell command window that you had already opened earlier

22) Now write the command again adb reboot bootloader (always check that the device is recognized as explained above)

11) The phone will restart in fastboo mode againyou from the command window check that the smartphone is recognized typing the command fastboot devices

11) Now you have to write the following command:

fastboot flash boot_a patched_boot.img

11) The will appear written OK and then type the following command again:

fastboot flash boot_b patched_boot.img

11) Restart the smartphone by writing the command:

fastboot reboot

11) Once your Xiaomi Mi A2 / Mi A2 Lite has restarted enter the Magisk application and subsequently entered in the menu related to the modules (the menu can be found by clicking on the three lines at the top left)

11) Click on the + symbol at the bottom and go to the folder previously transferred to the smartphone's internal memory and choose the preferred form (standard or with slowmotion ability)

11) The installation of the module will start now will enable the cam2api on your terminal. After the installation click on close and restart the smartphone
30) Now transfer the apk file of the google cam of your choice, in my case the 5.1.018 of the Arnova and install it as you would with any apk file


Finally, the parameters that I recommend to set by setting the GCam moddata, for a better user experience, are as follows:

  • config camera hdr + = nexus 6 car
  • model = 2xl pixels
  • hdr + parameters = very high

From the advanced settings menu, activate the following items:

  • hDR +
  • portrait mode
  • hdr + quality 100%
  • zsl
  • removing the pinkish / reddish


Are you wondering if this procedure still allows you to receive OTA updates on your Xiaomi Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite? On the other hand, one of the reasons why you have opted for this smartphone is support for constant firmware upgrades for Google's 18 months, so you do not want to give it up. Well you can stay quiet, you will not lose the OTA but you have to continue as follows:

  • After the procedure described above deactivates the automatic OTA, to avoid possible problems, by going to Settings - System - Developer Options and remove the check from the item Automatic system updates;
  • At this point you will no longer receive OTAs automatically but you will have to proceed manuallySo when you know that a new OTA is available, go inside Magisk Manager - Uninstall - Restore images ma very important do not restart the phone;
  • Close Magisk Manager and go into Settings - System - System Update e install the OTA;
  • Once the update is finished the system will ask you to restart the phone: do not do it! Open Magisk Manager instead and go to Install - Install in the inactive slot (after an OTA);
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