How to quickly launch the camera on the Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X

How to quickly launch the camera on the Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X
Apart from being able to take good photos (and video), Google's Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X also come with a new way to launch their cameras - a quick way, to be precise. Of course, quickly launching a camera isn't something that hasn't been done before (for instance, you can launch a Motorola Moto X camera with a double-twist gesture, while the camera of a Samsung Galaxy S6 can be rapidly fired up by double tapping the home button). But it's still nice to see that Google has taken the time to implement such a feature.

So, how exactly can you quickly launch the camera on the Nexus 6P or the Nexus 5X? Well, you just have to double press the power button, which is situated on the right side of both devices. For this to work, you need to make sure that the quick camera launch feature is enabled. It should be enabled by default when you're getting any of the two Nexus handsets out of the box, but, if the trick doesn't work, you may want to check its status. The feature can be turned on and off from Settings -> Display (where you'll find a "Press power button twice for camera" toggle).

Double pressing the power button starts the camera in any situation, even with the screen off and locked, just as long as your Nexus 6P or 5X is not powered off. Nifty, isn't it?


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Nexus 6P
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(23h talk time)
Nexus 5X
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh(20h talk time)

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5 Comments

1. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

or, you know, they could make a phone with a dedicated camera button.

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

how fast does it launch?

4. jefff

Posts: 30; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

On my 5x, about 3 seconds. If it's already loaded in memory 1.5-2 seconds.

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

OK THX.

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