How to Take a Picture on a Chromebook

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This Itechguide teaches you how to take a picture on a Chromebook. The guide offers simple steps to use the camera app to take a picture or record a video.

How to Take a Picture on a Chromebook

Here are the steps to take a picture in Chromebook…

  1. On the bottom left of the Chrome OS Shelf, click the start menu. Clicking the Start Menu opens additional options, including a search box.
How to Take a Picture on a Chromebook - open app search box
  1. Click on the search box. Then type camera and open the camera app. See the 2 images below…
How to Take a Picture on a Chromebook - open camera app
How to Take a Picture on a Chromebook - open camera app
Once the camera app opens, the camera on your Chromebook will come up – the light will glow. Moreover, on the right side of the camera app, 3 buttons will be displayed (see the highlighted portion of the image below)
  1. The photo button (second button, counting from up) is selected by default. To take a picture on Chromebook, click the button on top.
How to Take a Picture on a Chromebook - take a picture

How to Record a Video on Chromebook

Apart from taking a picture on Chromebook, you can also record a video.

  1. To record a video (instead of take a picture), click on the second button (counting from top to button).
Once you click the video option (the second button, counting from up), the first button will change to a video recorder – see the image below.
  1. Finally, to start recording a video, click the record button.

How to Find a Picture or Recorded Video File on Chromebook

After taking a picture or recording a video on Chromebook, you need to get the picture or video file. Follow the steps below…

  1. Open the Files app. The Files app is likely to be pinned to your Chrome OS Shelf.
If you have not previously pinned the Files app to your Shelf, follow the steps used the open the Camera app (details in section 1 of this guide), to open the Files app.
  1. On the left pane, (beneath My Files), click the Downloads folder. The file of the photo you took, or video you recorded with your Chromebook will be displayed on the details pane – see the second image below.
The photo file will begin with “IMG_” while the video file will begin with “VID_” – see the second screenshot below.

I hope you were able to take a picture on your Chromebook with this guide!

I also hope you found the guide easy to follow and helpful? If you found the guide helpful, click Yes to “Was this post Helpful?” below.

Finally, for more Chromebook and Chrome OS how-tos, visit our Chrome OS How-To page. You may also find our Chromebook reviews helpful.


Victor Ashiedu is the Managing Editor of Before he started, he worked in IT for close to 20 years. Having done all things tech all his career, he now focuses on making tech easier for others. Victor writes "How to" guides, "Fix it" guides, reviews and buying guides.

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