How to Record 4K Video on Nexus 6

The new Nexus 6 is a powerful smartphone with many features, one of which is a very advanced 13 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization. It even has the option to record in full Ultra High Definition, also known as 4K video recording.

These days, screen sizes and resolutions continue to grow, up to the 5.96-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD display on Google’s Nexus 6. To record and enjoy full 4K video on Nexus 6, we’ll explain exactly how to do it below.

Google’s new Nexus 6 smartphone has a lot of features and a lot to offer. To get started, you’ll want to check out our full review linked above, as you can learn a few new things, followed by the break for those who own the device to learn how to enable 4k video recording on your new smartphone.

For obvious reasons, 4K video recording is not enabled by default on the Nexus 6. First, it takes up tons of space, and second, if you have automatic backup enabled, you will be syncing large files to the cloud and consuming your computer. valuable data plan. It makes sense that UHD 4K video recording is disabled by default, but finding it may not be as easy as many expect.

Going into the camera app and tapping the 3 dots (menu button) won’t give you any of the resolution options you’re looking for. Instead, you’ll have to go to the “main” settings tab in the Google Camera app to enable 4K. There are other settings here as well, such as manual exposure controls, so check out the quick instructions below.


Users will start by opening the camera app, then swiping from the left side to bring up the camera options. There’s no tab saying that a swipe will pop it up, but a tutorial on first use should have shown you this menu is here. Swipe from the left to get your shooting modes. Photo Sphere, Panorama, Lens Blur, regular Camera and of course Video. From here, it doesn’t matter if you’re in the video or not, select the gear-shaped settings icon in the top right.


After entering the camera and going into the settings, select “resolution and quality” and then the third option is “rear camera video”.

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Tapping on “Rear camera video” will give a popup allowing the user to select one of three video recording modes. Low resolution recordings are not needed these days, so there are only three options: 720p, 1080p and UHD 4K. Simply select “UHD 4K” and go back and you are ready for truly ultra high definition video recording and playback.


The Nexus 6 is set to record at full 1080p by default, which is enough for most, but if you have a new 4K TV or computer monitor, or are planning to get one this holiday season (Is it Black Friday?), you’ll want to know about it.

This isn’t the easiest set of camera options and settings, but one swipe and 3-4 taps is all it takes to have your Nexus 6 fully ready to record 4K UHD video. This much. Everything is ready, but be prepared for large file sizes when uploading to YouTube or transferring to your computer for processing.

The Nexus 6 unfortunately has an excellent camera and 4K video recording capabilities, but no slow motion or time-lapse options, something we wish we had in Android 5.0 Lollipop. Of course some advanced options will come from 3rd party apps, but for now this is just as good for Nexus users as it is.

Give it a try and let us know how 4K video recording works for you.

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