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Beginning May 15, 2024 and rolling out over the coming months, you can get more features at no cost. You can find the future availability in this article or visit the Photos Community to learn more about what’s changing.

Edit your photos

Add filters, crop photos, and more on your mobile device or computer. To edit photos on your mobile device, use the Google Photos app. Some features aren't available on mobile web.

Tip: If you have backup turned on, your edits will sync to your Google Photos Account.

Before you get started

Download and install the Google Photos app.

Tips:
  • While you edit a photo, the icon turns blue when you apply certain features to a photo.
  • To compare your edited photo to the original, tap and hold the image preview.
  • To undo changes to an edited photo, tap Edit Edit and then Revert. You can't undo changes to photos you save as a copy.
  • After you edit a photo, to save changes, at the bottom, tap Save. You may find 2 options on how to save:
    • Save: Saves your changes to the original photo. You might not be able to use this option for certain edits.
    • Save as copy: Makes a new photo with your edits without changes to the original.
  • Some editing features aren’t supported on 64-bit devices. To use some features, you must have at least 3 GB RAM and iOS 16 and up.
  • To use some editing tools, you must download the tool first. To install, tap the editing tool and then Install.
    • Make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi and have available device storage. If you’re having trouble connecting to Wi-Fi, you can use mobile data.
    • After you install an editing tool, you may need to close and reopen the photo editor to use it.
  • If you don’t have enough device storage:
    • You can’t download some editing tools. To make room on your device for editing tools, learn how to free up space.
    • Editing tools may be removed. You must reinstall the tool to use it again.
Use suggested edits

Important: Your device must have at least 3 GB RAM and iOS 16+.

Google Photos can suggest edit options based on the type of photo you want to edit.
  1. Open the photo you want to edit.
  2. Tap Edit Edit.
  3. To apply a suggested edit, tap the suggestion name.
    • For example, tap Enhance .
  4. To undo changes, tap the suggested edit option again.
  5. When you're finished, tap Save.
Crop or rotate a photo
  1. Open the photo you want to edit.
  2. Tap Edit Edit and then Crop.
    • To crop the photo to different aspect ratios, like a square, tap Aspect ratio .
    • To rotate a photo 90 degrees, tap Rotate .
    • To make minor adjustments to straighten the photo, use the dial above Rotate .
    • To automatically straighten the photo, tap Auto .
  3. When you are finished, tap Save.

Tip: Auto straighten availability will depend on the photo.

Use tools

Important:

  • Your device must have at least 3 GB RAM and iOS 16+.
  • To use improved Unblur, your device must have at least 6 GB RAM.
  1. Open the photo you want to edit.
  2. Tap Edit and then Tools.
  3. Select the tools you want to use with your photo and make changes.
  4. When you finish, tap Done.
  5. To undo an effect, deselect the option or tap Cancel.

Available tools

  • To remove unwanted distractions, tap Magic eraser .
    • To remove distractions from your photo, tap Erase.
    • To change the color of distracting objects in your photo, tap Camouflage.
  • To adjust the position and brightness to portraits of a person, tap Portrait light .
  • To adjust background blur, tap Blur .
    • To adjust what ranges of your photo are blurred instead of in focus, you can also use Depth .
  • To select from several palettes and adjust the color and contrast in the sky, tap Sky .
  • To desaturate the background, but keep the foreground in color, tap Color pop .
  • To improve your blurry photos, tap Unblur.
Adjust photos

Important:

  • Your device must have at least 3 GB RAM and iOS 16+.
  1. Open the photo you want to edit.
  2. Tap Edit Edit and then Adjust.
  3. Select the type of effect you want to apply to your photo.
  4. Move the dial to make changes.
  5. When you're finished, tap Done.
  6. To undo an effect, deselect the option or tap Cancel.

Learn more ways to adjust photos

  • To adjust the overall lightness or darkness, tap Brightness .
  • To adjust the difference in tones, tap Contrast .
  • To adjust the brightest value, tap White point .
  • To adjust the darkest value, tap Black point .
  • To adjust the detail in the brightest areas, tap Highlights .
  • To adjust the detail in the darkest areas, tap Shadows .
  • To adjust the intensity of colors, tap Saturation .
  • To adjust the color temperature, tap Warmth .
  • To adjust the hue, tap Tint .
  • To adjust the saturation of the skin-colored tones, tap Skin tone .
  • To adjust the saturation of the blue tones, like sky or water, tap Blue tone .
  • To adjust the local contrast of edges, tap Pop .
  • To sharpen fine details, tap Sharpen .
  • To smooth out noise, tap Denoise .
  • To reduce the brightness around the edges of the photo, tap Vignette .
  • To enhance brightness and contrast across the image for a more balanced photo, tap HDR effect .
Add a filter
  1. Open the photo you want to edit.
  2. Tap Edit Edit and then Filters.
  3. Select a filter.
  4. Tap the filter again.
  5. Move the dial to change the strength of the filter on the photo.
  6. To undo, select None.

Create a cinematic photo

Important: Your device must have iOS 16+.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Tap the photo you want.
  3. Swipe up.
  4. Tap Create and then Cinematic photo.
  5. At the bottom, tap Save.

Tip: You can also create Cinematic photos another way:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. At the top, tap Create Create and then Cinematic photo.
  3. Select a photo.
  4. At the bottom, tap Save.
Change date & timestamps

Important: When you change the date and time of your photo, Google Photos displays the updated date and time. If you share the photo to other apps or download it, the photo may show the original date and time saved by your camera.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Tap a photo.
  3. At the top, tap More More.
  4. Tap the date and timestamp.
  5. Choose a new date and time.
  6. Tap Done.

Tips:

  • Photos taken before 4 AM are sorted into the previous day.
  • You can only change the date and timestamps in the Photos app for backed up photos.
Use Magic Editor
Important:
  • All Photos users can use Magic Editor on iOS with 10 saves each month.
  • Your device must have a 64-bit chipset with at least 4 GB RAM and iOS 16 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.”

Edit photo with Magic Editor

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, 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.

Apply contextual presets

  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

  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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