How To: Use Hand Gestures to Take Selfies More Easily on Android

Use Hand Gestures to Take Selfies More Easily on Android

Using a timer to take a photo is great if you're looking for a quick workout. You have to prop up your phone, frame your shot, set the timer, and sprint to get into the frame. Then when you realize your position was a little bit off, you have to reset the timer and jump back in—over and over again until you get the photograph right.

Instead of running back and forth to set a timer, take the picture when you're damn well ready to. Functioning as the Android equivalent to CamMe for iOS, Snapi, from gesture recognition tech pros eyeSight, lets you grab well-composed pictures using simple hand gestures.

So drop the selfie stick, save the sprints for the gym, and check out how you can snap better pics without touching your Android smartphone.

Step 1: Install Snapi

The app is free and only requires you to have Android 4.1 and above to work (though at the time of this writing, there are some bugs with Lollipop-compatibility). Go ahead and install Snapi from Google Play, then follow along below to see how it works.

Step 2: Set Up Snapi

Once you launch the app, the first thing you'll want to do is open the Settings to get the app working the way you want. You can adjust the timer, set audible alerts, and set up a touch shutter.

Step 3: Take a Picture

The process of taking a photo is simple. Not only that, but Snapi also works with your higher-resolution rear camera, much like the SmartSelfie app.

Once you've propped your phone, just raise an open hand, make a fist, then open the fist to initiate the countdown. If this sounds confusing, don't worry, the app walks you through it. Then just pose like you've never posed before and wait for the snap.

Snapi will definitely make some of your pictures easier to take, so try it out and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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I have the Note 3 with 5.0 lollipop. and this works GREAT!!!!

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