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How to get Google camera's Night Sight on Xiaomi Mi MIX 2s and Mi 8

This process requires TWRP, and installing a Magisk module to use Google’s Camera APK.

  • Published: November 19, 2018 12:28 PM IST
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Google’s Night Sight camera feature works wonders in low-light, and there is nothing that comes close to that software feature. Needless to say, as soon as the potential of the feature was known, there was a scramble to try to port it to other non-Pixel devices, and some smartphones now have it.

However, Xiaomi’s smartphones still don’t support Google‘s camera, and thus Night Sight. But a Chinese MIUI 10 beta recently changed all of that. The global version of MIUI may not have that support yet, but a new workaround allows global versions of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2s and Mi 8 to use the Night Sight feature.

The folks at XDA-Developers have detailed the below steps to get the coveted Night Sight feature. It is anything but a straightforward process, and needs rooting knowledge. In short, you will need a Magisk module to make use of Night Sight on your global MIUI 10. And Magisk requires TWRP. Once you setup Magisk and flash the specific module, you will be able to install Google Camera.

1. Install Magisk

First off, download the TWRP recovery for your MIX 2s (https://forum.xda-developers.com/xiaomi-mi-mix-2s/development/recovery-twrp-mix-2s-t3790922) or Mi 8 (https://forum.xda-developers.com/mi-8/development/recovery-twrp-3-2-3-0-mi-8-t3837745), and set up adb and fastboot.

Then reboot your smartphone into bootloader mode (fastboot), and type the command: fastboot boot twrp_file_name.img (type actual file name)

Next we need to flash Magisk, and for that, you need to download Magisk (https://forum.xda-developers.com/apps/magisk/official-magisk-v7-universal-systemless-t3473445) on your computer.

After downloading, you need to go to the TWRP recovery mode “Advanced” section and select “Adb sideload.” Now type the following command on your computer:
adb sideload Magisk_file_name_here.zip (put actual file name here)
Once this process is complete, reboot your smartphone into MIUI.

2. Flash the Magisk module

Interestingly, a Chinese developer named Lenzhang created the module with the camera library take from the MIUI 10 beta. Flashing this will allow users to make use of the Google Camera and Night Sight.

First, download the “module libs fix” Magisk module from (https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=78091570&postcount=426). Then, open Magisk Manager, go to Modules and click the plus button at the bottom to add the downloaded “module libs fix”. That’s it. You’re almost done.

Do note that copying this module to other MIUI version also seem to work as long as the hardware supports it.

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3. Install Google Camera

This is as simple as downloading the latest compatible Google Camera APK for your device from (https://www.celsoazevedo.com/files/android/google-camera/dev-bsg/). Thankfully, the same APK will work for both the Mi 8 and the Mi MIX 2s. When you’re in a dark enough situation, the Camera UI will itself suggest using Night Sight. HDR+ also works flawlessly, but 4K at 60fps and slow-mo don’t work right now.

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  • Published Date: November 19, 2018 12:28 PM IST