I have been getting overlays as such on my Nexus 5, Nexus 6 and now my Nexus 6P - haven't noticed exactly when they start to appear and have yet to find a way to disable them - please take a look at the following image:

Screenshot (click to enlarge)

If you look at the upper right, you should notice a few buttons on the viewfinder. It used to be just two, now I have three after the camera app updated. They were not there when I initially got any of my Nexus devices but shortly presented themselves afterwards.

I do use my Nexus devices for debugging so I have disabled debug mode to see if there was any connection, but this does not seem to be the case.

Is there sort sort of hidden button I must press (ex; how the developer menu is activated) in order to hide these buttons once again?

  • The buttons in the upper-right corner seem to be the flash indicator, HDR mode, and self-timer. To what buttons are you referring? Commented Jan 27, 2016 at 2:30

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I recently had the same issue with my 6P, running 6.0.1 and the latest Google Camera version 3.1.021. It turned out to be a result of having the Screenwise Trends Panel app installed on all my phones. Enabling it in Accessibility Services causes the buttons to show up. From my searching there is no real solution other than to disable the Accessibility Service toggle for Screenwise. Then the buttons go away.

  • AH! Wow, seriously! Yep, I make use of Screenwise as well for some cheap Google Play funds - guess I can uninstall it on my main device at least.
    – avluis
    Commented Jan 26, 2016 at 20:07

The buttons overlay (i.e. Z-, Z+, and 5 SECOND BURST) are part of Android's accessibility feature, TalkBack. Refer to Google Camera Help - Use TalkBack with Google Camera.

To hide the buttons, you need to turn off TalkBack feature on Android Settings - Accessibility - TalkBack - tap to toggle off.

Note: the buttons are integrated to the TalkBack feature, so there's no way to hide the buttons without turning TalkBack feature.

  • This is neat, but TalkBack is off on my device. Turning it on then back off, does not get rid of the buttons either.
    – avluis
    Commented Dec 12, 2015 at 22:43
  • @avluis I see... this is the only clue I have tested and proven on my device, but it seems there's something more in your case... I'll try to experiment with it again, but I can't promise the fix... Edit: try to switch off any Accessibility option and see if it helps. Just now when I tested Switch Access accessibility, the buttons also appeared.
    – Andrew T.
    Commented Dec 12, 2015 at 23:04

I too had this menu enabled today. Later I found that, I was playing around with accessibility settings today. I've (accidentally) enabled "Switch access", so I got this menu in camera app.

Now after disabling the Switch access, this menu was gone in camera.

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