How to Change Chromebook Camera Settings and Resolution

Most Chromebooks have one front-facing Camera. Some devices, like the Pixel Slate, might have a back-facing camera too, like other tablets in the market.

Switch to the front camera on Chromebook

If your Chromebook has two cameras, you can switch to the front or back camera using the camera toggle icon on the camera app.

Changing Camera Resolution

If your Chromebook or Chrome OS tablet has two cameras, you will be able to change the resolution for both of them separately. Here is how you can do this.

Open the camera app and click the Gear icon on the top-left corner:

Next, look for the camera resolutions:

You will see options to select the photo and video resolutions. You will see four resolution options in total if you have two cameras.

The available resolution depends on the camera on your Chromebook or Chrome OS tablet.

Chromebook Camera Settings

Now that you know how to change the resolution of the Chromebook camera, let us explore other camera settings.

Chromebook Camera App

To access camera settings, click the gear icon on the left.

Chromebook Camera App Settings (Gear Icon)

Apart from camera resolution, you have the following settings:

Grid Type

You can choose from the following three options:

  • 3 x 3
  • 4 x 4
  • Golden ratio

Use the radio button next to each option to select it.

Chromebook Camera Grid Type

Timer Duration

You can set a timer on the Chromebook camera. For example, the camera can take a picture three seconds after you click the trigger.

Click Timer duration and select from the following two options:

  • 3 seconds
  • 10 seconds
Chromebook Camera Timer

You also have the option to send feedback regarding the camera app and also access help articles.


Mirroring is used to flip the image left or right while taking a photo. If you find your photos look like a mirror image, this will help.

Click the mirroring icon to give this a try.

Chromebook Camera Mirroring

Enable or Disable the Grid

You can enable or disable the grid using the grid icon. The grid helps you frame your photos better.

Chromebook Camera Grid

Start a Timer

Want a timer before the camera takes the picture? Click the timer icon.

Chromebook Camera Timer

Chromebook Camera Taking Blurry Pictures?

If your Chromebook’s camera is taking blurry pictures, try the following:

  • Check if the camera has any protective film around it. Most Chromebooks come with plastic sheets to protect the camera. Have you removed it?
  • Is the camera zoomed in? If yes, try reducing the zoom level and take a picture.

Did this make pictures from your Chromebook camera and picture quality better?


I hope you found this helpful. Questions? Drop in a comment.

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3 responses to “How to Change Chromebook Camera Settings and Resolution”

  1. Is there a way to memorize my customized camera settings? I always changing settings of my webcam of chromebox 4.

  2. Melissa Shaw LaShare (Lisa)

    I’ve tried everything to change the settings for my camera on my Acer Chromebook with success Im not able to switch from front camera to back camera..Help me please

    1. its because you eed a touchscreen chromebook

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