How To: Take touch-free selfies using gestures on Android

Taking a selfie the old fashioned way works for certain situations, but if you’re aiming for a group shot or a more complex posture you’re going to either have to use the timer or shamelessly defy the very definition of a selfie and find someone else to take the photo.

The timer also comes with its limitations plus the countdown adds some pressure which can often ruin photos. If you’re tired of running back and forth to reset the timer as you’re struggling to get that perfect frame, we have an innovative solution for you.

Snapi is a free app that uses eyeSight’s touch-free gesture recognition engine to let you take pictures using hand gestures. Let’s see how we can put it to use.

Firstly, head over to the download link below to install Snapi on your phone. The app requires Android 4.1 or newer in order to work.

Download Snapi (Play Store)

Snapi - Play Store

Open the app and go to its Settings – here you can set the countdown timer that gives you enough time to re-position yourself after you make the hand gesture, enable a touch shutter and turn on sound alerts for the focus, countdown and shutter functions.


Now that you customized Snapi’s behavior it’s time to try it. Taking a photo with the app is very easy – prop your phone, raise an open hand, make a fist and open it to start the countdown. Once the timer reaches zero the photo will be taken. Much less stressful than the default timer right?

Taking selfie with Snapi

You should also know Snapi supports both front and rear cameras and the subjects can be up to 13 feet (4m) away – you can fit a decent crowd in a photo taken at that distance.

Are gesture-based photos a feature you want on your phone? Let us know in the comments section.

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