With so many updates in technology cameras in smartphones are as good as anything. Yes, those upmarket and exclusive cameras have their importance, but with smartphones, the benefit is that one can take pictures immediately. But can someone capture 360 photos on iPhone and Android smartphones? No, no we are not talking about panorama because the joy of capturing and then viewing 360-degree photos is unmatched and unfortunately this feature is missing in both Android and iPhone.

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If you are still wondering how you too can capture 360 photos on your iPhone or Android without the availability of that feature, then just go through the tutorial we are about to present here. For your convenience, we are offering separate methods of capturing 360-degrees pictures for iPhone and Android phones. All you need to do is to download a third-party app prescribed here and then go through the process we are furnishing and become a master of capturing 360-degree images within no time.

How to Capture 360 Photos on iPhone and Android SmartphoneHow to Take 360 Degree Photos on iPhone and Android Phone

How to Take 360-Degree Photos on Android Smartphone

First, let us follow the procedure of capturing 360 photos on Android because it is very easy and faster than what it is for iPhone.

Previously many Android smartphones, including Samsung, was having photosphere, but somehow nowadays we don’t find it. If you have that prized Nexus of Pixel smartphones, then you do have its inbuilt 360-degree photo feature but for other smartphones, one need to go to camera and then by swiping to the right should go to camera modes and select Download. With this process, you can download surround shot.

If you are still not able to find it, then you may need to take help from Google Street View. Google Street View is an app, which can help you immensely to capture 360-degree pictures. This app is well appreciated, and the best part of it is that it is ad-free. So let’s begin our journey of taking 360-degree pictures on Android.

Step #1. Download and install Google Street View app from Google Play Store.

Step #2. Open the Google Street View app on your Android phone. Then, you need to turn on Notifications.

Open the Google Street View app on your Android phone. Then, you need to turn on NotificationsStep #3. To take a 360-degree picture, tap on the camera button at the bottom right corner.

tap on the camera button at the bottom right cornerStep #4. Next, you will get three options – Link external 360 camera, Import 360 photos, Camera. Tap on Camera.

Tap on CameraStep #5. Move your phone around and guide the circle over the orange dot till the picture is clicked.

Move your phone around and guide the circle over the orange dot till the picture is clickedRemember you got 20 clicks at your disposal to take entire surroundings and then convert it into a 360-degree photo. There are few other apps as well who can start stitching your picture automatically, but in Google Street View you need to confirm that your picture taking is over. Once you confirm it, the image is saved in your Gallery folder of your Android smartphone.

How to Take 360-Degree Photos on iPhone

Just like any Android phone iPhone too has its panorama feature inbuilt in its camera app but like Android, it too lakes 360-degree photo feature. SO over here too you need to take help from Google Street View, and with it, you can take 360 photos on your iPhone. It is totally a different process than what we understood in how to take 360-degree pictures on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. So should we start the process?

Step #1. Download Google Street View app on your iPhone from iTunes.

Download Google Street View app on your iPhoneStep #2. Launch the Google Street View app and go through the first three instructional pages.

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Launch the Google Street View and go through the first three instructional pagesStep #3. Next, The app will ask you to allow location access while using Google Street view, tap on Allow.

Tap on Allow again to turn on the notifications

Step #4. Tap on the Camera icon on the bottom right corner of your screen and then tap on ‘Camera’ option out of three options you will see: Link external 360 cameras, Import 360 Photos, and Camera.

Tap on the Camera icon on the bottom right corner of your screen and then tap on Camera optionStep #5. You must be on Capture Full 360 screen, so tap on OPEN CAMERA option from the bottom of your screen.

tap on OPEN CAMERA option from the bottom of your screenStep #6. Give Street View permission so that app can access your Camera app to give permission tap on OK.

Access your Camera app to give permission tap on OKStep #7. Now point your camera at the orange dot, which was there on the Android version of Google Street View as well.

Now point your camera at the orange dotAfter you capture your 360 photos the Google Street View app will ask you to access your photos, you need to tap on OK to grant access.

Step #8. Now you are all set to publish your 360-degree photograph, so you need to tap on the photo to view it fully on your iPhone.

tap on the photo to view it fully on your iPhoneStep #9. Tap on the Share button on the bottom right corner of your iPhone’s screen.

Tap on the Share button on the bottom right cornerStep #10. There are two options you have now, either you can share the 360-degree picture you took to Google Maps, or you can share it privately. Choose the suitable option and share your first 360 picture.

Choose the suitable option and share your first 360 pictureAs we told you earlier that capturing 360-degrees photos on Android is far easier than it is on iPhone. But even on iPhone, the process is not robust, just that you need to follow more steps. One thing is common though between Android and iPhone that you need to get help from a third party app which is Google Street View to capture those stunning 360 pictures.

We are sure that you must take those 360-degree pictures easily after reading this tutorial carefully on your Android or iPhone. Do let us know about your first experience on this. You can drop your feedback here in the comments section or on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.