Scan a Scene

Android no longer includes Google Tango technology, so we can no longer support or maintain Matterport Scenes. Thank you to all of the 3D enthusiasts who used Scenes. We look forward to bringing you mobile 3D technology on new platforms in the future.

If you wish to continue using an unsupported version of Matterport Scenes, then it is only available for Google Tango phones: ASUS ZenFone AR or Lenovo Phab2 Pro.


How to Scan


Create a new scene by tapping the blue camera button.
You’ll see a checkerboard view of the area around you.


Hold the camera in either landscape or portrait orientation.

Do NOT switch orientations while scanning.

Tap the Scan button to start scanning.


Colored parts of the scene are areas that have been scanned.

Checkerboard areas are parts of the scene that have not been scanned.


Scanning a Room 

To scan an space like a room, move the smartphone up and down and slowly rotate to capture all of the walls.

You can move around the room as you scan to capture objects from different sides.

Scan a distance of 10 to 15 ft (3 to 5 m) from the wall.


Scanning an Object

To scan an object, move around it while keeping it in view. Scan it from all sides — including above and below if possible.

Keep the object still while scanning. Trim other objects and walls after you scan.

Scan a distance of 3 to 6 ft (1 to 2 m) away from the object.


Best Practices

Items farther than 13 ft (4 m) away are hard to capture. Move closer.

Aim for good, even lighting (no bright windows or dark shadows). Scanning outdoor scenes works best in shadow, twilight or cloudy conditions.

You can scan in sunlight, but you can get better results by reducing the depth filter to 6 feet (1.8 m) or less. Do not allow direct sunlight to fall on the camera/sensor.

Move at a slow and steady pace. Let the screen fill with color as you move. The checkerboard pattern shows where you should give the camera more time – typically dark or shiny objects. Matterport Scenes is not a microscope and not a video camera -- it's somewhere in between. 

Scan objects from different angles so you can capture all sides of it.

If you see a "go back" message, return to a position you previously scanned. This is so the camera can realign.

Black and shiny objects do not scan very well since not enough light gets reflected back to the camera. Adjust the lighting, move closer, and change your angle while scanning.


Save your Scan

Pause will pause your current scan.

Tap the Resume button to continue scanning. Be sure to resume scanning from a previous scan position.


Start Over will discard your scene and begin a new one.

Done will prompt you to name the scene, and return you to the gallery.

Android back button will cancel the scene and return you to the gallery.

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