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Samsung Gear 360 Quickstart

Samsung Gear 360 cameraWritten by: Reed Scriven
Updates provided by: Allen Brown
Last Updated: Fall Quarter 2017


The Gear 360 is a 360 degree camera which can take pictures, video, or even live stream an environment. The first thing to do when setting up the camera is to open the SD slot above the power port and insert the SD card that comes with the camera. You’ll need to remove the card before returning the camera. There are two main ways to use the camera, with a phone, and without a phone.

What's Included in the Kit

1 Gear 360 Camera
1 USB Charging Cable
1 64GB Micro SD Card
1 Micro SD Card Adapter
1 Quick Start Manual

Using the Camera

There are two main ways to use the camera, with a phone, and without a phone.

With the Samsung S8

The Gear 360 can connect to a Galaxy phone to take photos, livestream, and view photos in Gear VR.

  1. Start by turning on bluetooth on the phone and holding down the bluetooth button on the Gear 360 until the phone recognizes the connection. That’s the button above the power button.
  2. Install the Gear 360 app then you can choose to take new photos or view content stored on the camera itself

Without a Phone

The Gear 360 is a fully standalone camera allowing you to navigate the modes using the buttons on the device. To navigate menus press the bluetooth button to cycle through the options. Press the picture button to select and the power button to go back.


To access modes on the Gear 360 you can use the phone or the camera to change modes. Without a phone you can cycle through the options using the menu button. With the phone, you can open the Gear 360 app and click on 360 Camera to see what the camera sees in real time as well as change the mode.

Photo Mode: The photo mode operates like a standard camera. You just need to position the camera and press the shoot button in the front.
Video Mode: Press the shoot button to start and stop recording.
Time Lapse Mode: When it starts shooting it will periodically take a picture every 10 seconds.
HDR Mode: Takes multiple exposure photos and merges them for a picture without blown out whites or pitch black darks. Excellent for landscapes.
Live Stream: For this mode the camera must be connected to the Galaxy S8 phone and the livestream can be started from the software there. You can livestream via Facebook, Youtube, or Samsung VR.

Transferring Your Photos

To transfer your pictures to a computer you can either plug in the camera via usb or use the SD card adapter to grab the pictures. If you have a Galaxy phone you can also use the app and grab pictures directly from the device in the Gear 360 gallery section. If you put the photos into Google photos it will recognize it as a 360 image then you can pan around it on your computer or on your phone.

Viewing in VR

If you want to view your Gear 360 photos in VR there are a couple options available. First you can connect the 360 camera to a Galaxy S8, secondly you can import the photos to a computer and use a VR headset like an HTC Vive or Oculus rift using the VR Photo Viewer app, lastly you can move the files to whatever phone you have and use a Google cardboard to view the photos.


Gear VR and Galaxy S8:

To use the Gear VR to view photos connect the Galaxy S8 via bluetooth to the Gear 360. Once connected, you can use the Gear 360 app to take photos or transfer pictures you took on the Gear 360 using the device by itself. Once you have the pictures transferred inside the Gear VR you can open the Gallery app and navigate to the Gear 360 section on the left of the menu to view your photos.

PC, Vive or Rift:

To view your photos using the Oculus rift or HTC vive you need to move your photos to the computer you wish to use. For the Rift, you can use the Oculus 360 Photos app to view them and for the Vive you can use the VR Photo Viewer.


To use the Google cardboard to view your photos you first need to move the pictures onto your phone. There are many apps you can use to launch your photos but we recommend 360 Photo Player available for Android and IOS. Then you just need to launch the app and click on the plus in the middle to add your photos to the walkthrough.

Frequently Asked Questions