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

You have asked for it in so 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 sequels of the gloria so Mi A1 by Xiaomi, which also embrace the Android One project. To be honest Mi A2 has a photographic industry that already does its job very well, giving shots that with a few tricks can compete with camera phones much more noble, in short, small works of art. Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, perhaps it is the one that lends itself best to this modding operation, which I remember must be performed by competent and capable people. And then 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.

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

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

Prerequisites:

  • 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

ATTENTION: the file boot.img contained in the archive refers to the Mi A2 Lite device with ROM V9.6.6.0.ODLMIFF. If you have a different ROM than this, you need to extract the boot.img file for your version, possibly by 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 several times (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 provide to enable the option "OEM Unlock".

3) Go inside the folder where the ADB drivers are located (so to speak 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

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

adb reboot bootloader

GCAM

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

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

GCAM

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.

GCAM

GCAM
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 into the folder just transferred from the PC

GCAM
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 patch the boot image. Choose the second option

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

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

GCAM
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 in 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 internal memory of the smartphone e choose the preferred form (standard or with slowmotion ability)

11) Now the installation of the module will start will enable the cam2api on your terminal. After 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 arrange to install it as you would with any apk file

RECOMMENDED PARAMETERS FOR A BETTER USE OF THE GOOGLE CAMERA

Finally the parameters that I advise you to set through the setting of the GCam moddata, for a better experience of use, are the following:

  • 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

AND OTA UPDATES?

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 the purchase of this smartphone is support for constant firmware upgrades for at least 18 months from Google and therefore you don't want to renounce them. Well, you can rest assured, you won't lose the OTAs 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 manually, therefore 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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Roberto Lucchesi
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Roberto Lucchesi

I do not understand the insistence on the need for Windows PC ... They are all common adb / fastboot commands. The real Linux PC is definitely better

Angel
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Angel

The link to download the boot.img is not available. Where do I find the one from mi a2 for the V10.0.16.0 version? Does the warranty fall if I don't activate the root?

David Ruidías Vega
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David Ruidías Vega

Buenas, no reconoce el fastboot devices, if reinicia mi celular como normally if reinicia ... Que debo de hacer? 🙁

daniel
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daniel

they process is feito depois de ter feito or root?

Fabio
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Fabio

Good evening, thanks for this guide, I would like to know if from the date of publication to date some procedures for the installation of the gcam have changed and if the files necessary for it are still valid with the 9 android. Thank you

Dakismt
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Kalao untuk mi 6x sama ga

Rubens
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Rubens

Eu não achieve fazer or command "fastboot flash boot_a patched_boot.img" na tarefa 24, ele aparece:
Error: can not load 'patched_boot.img'
O que eu faço?

Francesco
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Francesco

Hello! I followed the guide, but unfortunately I left out the last part and after installing the GCam I upgraded to Android 9, so the camera does not open anymore. Is there a way to not repeat the whole procedure all over again without losing data? Thank you!

Diego
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Diego

I have the a2lite from a month and finally I'm going to want to take more advantage of the camera and then use that "stock" I know that you have to unlock the bootloader, have the root and then activate the "camera2api" and then install the gcam moddata that I upgraded to android pie -blocker bootblocker is simple, fastboot etc. eom unlock .. -or now I have to do the root otherwise nothing api2 so I read that the best solution is magisk ce all the guide to do this root (even with android pie right?) and then install the gcam ... and after? of... Read the rest »

Marco
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Marco

Hi, once the procedure is over can you re-lock the bootloader or is it better to leave it unlocked? Thank you

Giovanni Baldon
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Giovanni Baldon

Hello everyone I have successfully performed the procedure on my A2 Lite I have some problems with the app installed, especially I do not take the picture in portrait mode with the front camera (or rather, if I go to Google Photos I find a picture completely gray I tried to install the latest version of Arnova, but the problem persists, I also noticed that the app icon often appears with a progress bar that does not start mail.

James
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James

hello, on xda find a guide for the miXXUMUM lite where they suggest to use GCamera_Mod_v.2_R5.1.23Plus_fix_crash, to avoid crashing with the front cam, but I have not yet tried, I'm waiting to receive the phone. Find the guide at the following link, I hope it will be useful: https://forum.xda-developers.com/mi-a2-lite/how-to/guide-enable-camera2-api-install-google-t3846264

Simone Pollonara
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Simone Pollonara

Why flash the patched_boot in both slots? It does not make sense! Just even start the phone temporarily with the patched_boot WITHOUT flasharlo and so the OTAs are preserved!

Gioele Tempestini
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Gioele Tempestini

So how would you recommend doing to restart the temporary root phone? After the 23 point which command should you insert? Let me know

Nicola Micheletti
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Nicola Micheletti

Congratulations for the excellent guide! Just a question, I installed the module with the Slow Motion option but the installed Gcam crashes when I select this option, can I solve it?

Emanuele Iafulla
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Emanuele Iafulla

On some models it seems to work, on other models no ... however, the Google camera does wonders for the photos, so for the motion to use the camera stock

Edoardo Camerotto
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Edoardo Camerotto

Slow Motion does not work with any version of the Google Camera. It seems that developers can not make it work on non-Pixel devices.

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