Edit a photo or video on your Pixel phone or tablet

You can edit or change what a photo looks like on your Pixel device. You can also edit older photos and photos taken on other devices in your Google Photos storage. Learn how to open your Camera app on your Pixel phone.

Edit your photos and videos

Change your image format (RAW + JPEG)

Your camera saves your image files in JPEG + RAW format when you enable RAW/JPEG in camera settings. You can tell the difference between your RAW and JPEG photos at the top of your photos with the icon for RAW .

To enable RAW + JPEG files:

  1. Open the Camera app Google Camera.
  2. At the bottom left, tap Settings and then More settings.
  3. Under "General options," tap Advanced.
  4. Turn on RAW/JPEG control.

Tip: This step isn't required on Pixel 8 Pro.

To turn on RAW:

  1. In photo mode, at the bottom left, tap Settings .
  2. Turn on RAW + JPEG.

To find, view, and edit a RAW file:

  1. Open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. In the gallery grid, a "RAW" badge indicates that the RAW + JPEG photo pairs were taken with RAW setting on.
  3. To view RAW, tap to view.
    • You can see the JPEG image, but you can tap on the second tile to see the RAW image.
  4. To edit RAW, tap Edit.
    • When you edit your RAW files in your favorite editor, you can set a Default RAW Editor directly from Google Photos.

Tip: If backup is enabled in Google Photos, your RAW photos are automatically backed up.

To use RAW files:

  1. Take a photo in Night Sight or default mode.
  2. Go to your Home screen.
    • Gesture navigation: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
    • Three-button or two-button navigation: Tap Home.
  3. Open Google Photos.
  4. At the bottom right, tap Library and then Raw.
Straighten, adjust, or crop a photo

Use gridlines to straighten photos

  1. Open the Camera app Google Camera.
  2. At the bottom left, tap Settings .
  3. Tap More Settings and then Grid type.
  4. Select the type of grid you want.

Adjust the photo's ratio

  1. Open the Camera app Google Camera.
  2. At the bottom left, tap Settings .
  3. Select a ratio option:
    • Wide crop (16:9)
    • Full image (4:3)

Crop a photo

  1. In the Photos app, go to the photo that you want to edit.

  2. Tap Edit photo  and then Crop
  3. Adjust the borders to your desired size.
Change the color, light, or blur of a photo
In the Photos app:
  1. Find the photo that you want to edit.
  2. Tap Edit  and then Tools.
  3. From here, you can adjust the light, color, or blur of a photo.

Photo unblur

Important: This feature is available on Pixel 7 and later, including Pixel Fold.

You can improve your blurry photos with Photo Unblur.

  1. Open your Photos app Photos.
  2. Select the photo you want to edit.
  3. Tap Edit photo  and then Tools and then Unblur.

Tip: You can use Photo Unblur on new photos or older photos in your photo library.

Pop

Important: This feature is available on Pixel 4a (5G) and later.

  1. In your Google Photos app Photos, tap Edit photo and then Tools and then Pop.

  2. Then, adjust the scale slider.

Color pop

Important: This feature is available on Pixel 4a and earlier.

  1. In your Google Photos app Photos, tap Edit photo and then Color Pop.

  2. Then, adjust the color pop slider.

Portrait light

Important: Add light and Balance light features are only available on Pixel 6 and later, including Pixel Fold.

You can adjust the lighting in your photos of people. Portrait light is available when a photo shows small groups of people from the waist up.

  1. In your Google Photos app Photos , tap Edit photo  and then Tools and then Portrait light.
    • To brighten the photo: Tap Add light.
      • Move the white ring to where you want more light.
    • Lower or raise the brightness manually or automatically:
      • To set the brightness yourself, adjust the slider.
      • To let your device set the lighting, tap Auto.
    • To soften shadows: Tap Balance Light.

Adjust brightness or shadows

Important: This feature is available on Pixel 4 and later, including Pixel Fold.

Adjust brightness: On the right, adjust the slider to lower or raise Brightness .

Adjust shadows: On the right, adjust the slider to lower or raise Shadows

Use Magic Eraser to erase or minimize distractions 
Important: This feature is available on Pixel 4a and later.
  1. In the Photos app, go to the photo that you want to edit.
  2. Tap Edit and then Tools and then Magic eraser.
  3. Tap a suggestion. You can also use the circle or brush to erase more distractions from the photo.
    1. To make objects blend in with the photo, tap Camouflage and use the brush.
  4. To finish, tap Done.
Use Audio Magic Eraser to reduce unwanted sounds

Important: This feature is available on Pixel 8 and later.

To reduce unwanted sounds from videos, you can use Audio Magic Eraser on your Pixel phone.

  1. Open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Tap on the video you want to edit.
  3. At the bottom, tap Edit and then Audio and then Audio eraser.
    • To have your phone automatically adjust the audio for you, tap Auto.
    • To manually adjust sounds, tap on a sound and adjust the slider.
  4. At the bottom right, tap Save copy.
Take Portrait-style photos
  1. Open your Camera app Google Camera. Learn how.
  2. Tap Portrait and then Capture .
    • To view the enhanced version, in the bottom right corner, tap the photo.

Tip:

  • To add a blurred background after you take a photo, tap Edit photo and then Tools and then Blur . Then, move the Blur slider.
  • On the Pixel Tablet, portrait mode is supported only on the front camera.
Use Best Take to improve group photos

Important: This feature is available on Pixel 8 and later.

If someone blinks or looks away in your group photos, Best Take combines similar photos into one photo where everyone looks their best. You can choose your favorite facial expressions for everyone and create your own Best Take.

To edit a photo with Best Take:

  1. Open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Open a photo from a sequence of similar photos that includes one or more people.
  3. At the bottom, tap Edit and then Tools and then Best Take.
  4. Tap on a face bubble to choose a different expression.
  5. When you’re satisfied, tap Done.
Use Magic Editor to reimagine your photos

Important: This feature is available only on Pixel 8 and later, and for users 18+. This feature is still experimental and may not always work as you expect.

Important:
  • Your device must have a 64-bit chipset with at least 4 GB RAM and Android 8.0 and up.
  • This feature is experimental and may not always work how you expect.

You can move around or erase parts of a photo and apply contextual presets, like “Sky” or “Golden hour.”

To use Magic Editor:

  1. On your Pixel device, open the Google Photos app Photos .
  2. Tap on the photo that you want to edit.
  3. Tap Edit and then Magic Editor Magic Editor.

To apply preset effects in Magic Editor:

  1. When you’re in Magic Editor mode, tap Preset Edit Fix Auto.
  2. Select a preset.
  3. To scroll through your options, swipe left.
  4. Tap the Checkmark Done.
  5. If you want to continue to edit your photo, repeat steps 1-3.
  6. When you’re finished with your edit, tap Save copy.

Tip: Preset options depend on your photo. Not all options are available at the same time.

Move, erase, or resize part of your photo in Magic Editor:

  1. When you’re in Magic Editor mode, tap, draw a circle around, or brush to select part of your photo.
    • Zoom in for better accuracy.
    • To move your selection, touch and hold, and drag it to the area you want.
    • To change the size of your selection, touch and hold, and pinch it with 2 fingers.
    • To remove your selection, tap Erase.
  2. To apply the edit, tap the Checkmark Done.
  3. If you want to continue to edit your photo, repeat steps 1-2.
  4. When you’re finished with your edit, tap Save copy.

Tip: It may take a moment for Magic Editor to generate photo options.

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