How to Install Pixel 3’s Top Shot Feature on Google Pixel 2

With the steps ahead, install Pixel 3 Top Shot camera feature on older Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Basically, the new Top Shot feature is a special burst mode. Right after user presses the shutter button, the camera will capture a burst of frames just before and just after. Machine learning is then leveraged to find the best photos. In concept, it is similar to how Motion Photos record a video before and after a shot. Top Shot is more selective and works to select the best shots through on-device machine learning. Factors taken into consideration by the Google AI include smiles, open eyes, and if subjects are looking at the camera. If you are a Pixel 2 user, you can also get this feature.

Further, Top Shot feature takes steps to conserve device storage. Namely, it decreases the resolution of unimportant parts of the image, with the quality approximately reduced to 3-megapixel. However, the key parts of a photo remain in a higher quality. When available, the camera app will offer a “Smart Capture” suggestion pill. Meanwhile, users can swipe up on a photo to see the “Smart captures.” If you want to get Top Shot feature on your Pixel 2, keep reading ahead.

Enable Top Shot Feature on Pixel 2

Google made this move to save on storage space. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL only ship with 64GB or 128GB of non-expandable storage, and despite unlimited cloud storage, saving over a dozen frames at full resolution would probably add up very quickly. Rather, Top Shot actually saves the extra frames as compressed, 300KB shots. When exported, though, they are increased to around 3MP.

Get Pixel 3’s Top Shot Feature on Pixel 2

We have written a complete guide below with which you can have the Top Shot feature on you Google Pixel 2:

Step 1 – First goto Settings > Apps and then find Google Photos.

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Step 2 – Click on the Three Dots icon at the top right and tap on Uninstall Updates.

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Step 2 – Now, download the Google Photos 4.4 APK from the link below


Step 3 – Open the downloaded APK file and install it on your Pixel 2. You might have to allow Unknown Sources for which you can read: How to enable Unknown Sources on Android. If you are having issues with installation, consult: How to Manually Install APK files on Android.

Step 4 – Now Launch the Google Photos application where you will find the Top Shot feature.

Now you have the Top Shot feature on your Google Pixel 2. Drop a comment below if you have any trouble.

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  1. I see this article is around 7 months old. Followed your instructions and while I have “Motion” on and get the burst of frames with the original picture “dotted” I don’t see the AI making suggestions for the “Top Shot”? More of a manual version of Top Shot at best. What did I miss? (I think their engineers added a patch or alteration of some kind to prevent this from happening, and have found no recent articles advising how this procedure is done perhaps?) I’m thinking they plugged this one!

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