How to Take Picture on Chromebook – Understanding Chrome OS’s built-in Camera App

We live in an age where almost every electronic device is equipped with a camera – and Chromebooks are no exception. One of the best-selling points of these portable laptops is their versatility.

Imagine being able to learn how to take pictures on a Chromebook with ease. What if I tell you that you can do even more?

Today we’re going to discuss just how underappreciated and undervalued Chrome OS’s built-in Camera is. Is it worth learning about?

Is the quality good enough to take photos or record videos? All of these questions will be answered.

It’s important to keep in mind that not all Chromebooks are created equal. The hardware can vary, which may affect performance.

Taking Pictures on Chromebook

If you have experience with macOS or Windows, you’ve probably come across a Camera app.

In Chrome OS, that feature is readily available. Every Chromebook user should see a Camera app that is capable of capturing photos and recording videos, as well as doing basic editing and printing.

All of these functions can be found inside Chrome OS’s Camera App – no need for downloading extra stuff.

So, without further ado, here’s how to take pictures on Chromebook:

how to take picture on Chromebook

Step 1: Locate your Camera app on the App drawer or Launcher

Step 2: Open the Camera app and check Settings on the right side

Step 3: If you want to take a photo, select the Photo option

To record videos, select the Video option

To take a square image, select the Square option

Also see: Camera not working on Chromebook?

Where do my Photos/ Videos go?

Finding your favorite photo/video can be done in two ways: quick access via the Camera app and File Manager.

Depending on the photo or video you need, using either of the two ways can help you narrow your search.

For quick access: While in the Camera app, tap on the most recent photo/video thumbnail on the lower right of the screen.

For better search results: Access your Files app and look for the Camera Folder. You should be able to see all of the photos and videos you’ve taken.

Also see: The 8 Best Photo Editors for Chromebook

Advanced Camera App Features

Other than learning how to take picture on Chromebook, there are other cool features baked inside the Camera app.

As of 2021, here are the included features and settings for your Chromebook’s camera:

Change how photos and videos are captured

If you need more control over how your camera operates in Chrome OS, you have the option to change how photos and videos are captured. Here’s a list of features and settings:

  • Change grid size, length of timer, and camera resolution via Settings
  • Flip your photos by Mirroring
  • Use Grid for photos and videos
  • Switch Cameras
  • Set Timer
  • Tablet Mode Camera (if applicable)
  • Take a photo while recording a video
  • Pause recording

Also see: How to Caps Lock on Chromebook

Edit, Delete or Print your Photos

Did you know that you can do basic editing whenever you take a picture/video on your Chromebook? Here are the functions you can do:

  • Rename a photo
  • Crop or rotate photo
  • Change the width and height of your photo
  • Adjust brightness and contrast
  • Undo and Redo changes
  • Delete a photo
  • Print a photo

Pro-Tip: For more advanced features and editing capabilities, you can use Google Photos or similar 3rd party editors

QR Code Scanning

Just like with your mobile phones, you can also use your Chromebook camera to scan QR codes with ease. Here’s how to use it.

  1. Access the Camera app
  2. On the right pane, select the QR icon.
  3. Align the Camera with a QR code, and wait for the confirmation
  4. Copy the values from the QR code and open the link in a new Chrome tab


We hope that our guide has helped you learn more than just how to take a picture on your Chromebook. With the built-in camera features, you can capture amazing photos on the go.

If you’re looking for more ways to acclimate yourself from your Chromebook, check out our other guides below.

About Derek

Derek is a passionate and knowledgeable gamer who has dedicated himself to the world of first-person shooters. With extensive experience playing popular games such as PUBG, Battlefield 3, 4 and 5, and various Call of Duty titles, he has become an expert in the field. As a writer for GameGrinds, Derek shares his expertise by providing readers with valuable product recommendations and guide articles, helping them stay up-to-date with the latest trends and developments in the world of gaming.

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