Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Workaround for triggering Samsung Gear 360 with iPhone!

You read that headline right.  You CAN trigger the Samsung Gear 360 wirelessly with an iPhone, thanks to a workaround I found out from Gear 360 shooter Fabio Bersani!

Here's how to trigger the Gear 360 with the iPhone:
1. Download the Google Street View app.  You may need to create a Google account, etc.
2. Turn on the Samsung Gear 360, then hold down the menu button.  When you see Gear 360 Manager, press the menu button twice to switch to "Google Street View."  Then press the shutter button to select that option.
3. On your iPhone, connect to the new Wi-Fi network "Gear 360_(xx:xx).OSC"  Enter the password shown on the Gear 360's display.
4.  Once the iPhone is connected, launch the Street View app.
5.  To take a photo, click on the camera button on the lower right corner.

That's it! 

Here's a shot for proof (the map has been warped for privacy):

It will will be both in the memory card as well as only be in your Photos / Camera Roll (not in your memory card).  The photo is already stitched, up to the full 30mp resolution:

There's no live view and no video, and no controls other than triggering the shutter.  I saw an option for HDR but it doesn't seem to do anything different.  There's also an Auto Capture button.  Not sure exactly what it does.

For shooters with an established iPhone-based workflow and who are reliant on iOS apps such as Rollworld, this feature makes it much easier to take photos with the Gear 360 and have them ready in the iPhone for editing.

- modified Gear 360 Manager app that can run on some Android phones.
- trigger the Gear 360 remotely with the dedicated Bluetooth shutter.
- stitch on a Mac without 3rd party software


  1. Um. That's not a workaround. That's how the Gear 360 App actually works. Sooooo....that.

    1. Thanks Thom. The reason I described it as a workaround is because the Gear 360 is supposed to be triggered with Samsung phones, not iPhones. This is an indirect way of triggering the Gear 360 with an iPhone, although it works only for photo not video.

    2. Dude, it's an app that uses software downloaded from the appstore. This is how the camera is used, when one has an iPhone. Sure, the software is from Google, but then Google provides the Gear360 for their Camera Loan project (which I'm taking part in). Calling this a "workaround" is like saying "Your car is made for freeways, but you can take surface streets and still get there." But that's not a workaround, that's what streets are for.

      My thing is, the GSV app is seriously not ready for prime time. Definitely a third-rate bodged-together heap of code that reminds iOS users how very NOT Samsung VIP preferred users they are.

      Issues with GSV include: quitting at random, automatic (interval) snapping is random, interval not adjustable and (as I'm using it on a bike), does not play nice with Strava, causing Strava to not record the GPS trace whenever GSV is processing a pic--or just not record the trace in general. There's more but GSV is a 2-star app in a 4-star box.

      I guess if we consider GSV betaware, using it might count as a workaround; even so; I get better results manually triggering the G360 when riding, and it STILL quits every few pics. That's a big deal because then each batch of pics counts as a sequence, which makes uploading a painstaking process.

    3. Hey Dude. Good to have you back. Anyway, let's recall the context. I'm talking about using GSV to allow an iPhone to trigger a G360 camera. So first of all, your comment about "how the Gear 360 App actually works" is irrelevant. I'm not even talking about the Gear 360 app.

      Secondly, I don't agree with your analogy. A more appropriate analogy is that famous blue pill. Originally it was prescribed for angina and high blood pressure. It was only the patients who reported its "side effects" that made it famous. GSV's purpose is to take and upload photos for GSV (surprise). But I'm saying even if you don't care about uploading to GSV, an iPhone user can use GSV's app to take photos with the Gear 360 camera.

      In any case, who cares if I say it's a workaround and you disagree about that label? The point is to tell iPhone users that there's an app that they can use to trigger the Gear 360 camera. That's useful information, regardless of how you or I want to label it.

  2. Hey, do you have some sample shots from your Gear 360 that are published on Google Maps?

    1. Hi there! I think I do. I have about 14 photos on Streetview, but I don't keep track which of my photos are from the Gear 360, and which are from other cameras. I do have sample photos from the Gear 360 if you would like...

      Best regards,


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