Edit photos

Add filters, crop photos, and more on your mobile device or computer.

Tip: If you have back up & sync turned on, your edits will sync to your Google Photos library.

Before you get started

Download and install the Google Photos app.

Adjust, crop, or rotate a photo

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Open the photo you want to edit.
  3. Tap Edit Edit.
    • To add or adjust a filter, tap Photo filters Photo filters.
    • Tap to apply a filter, tap again to adjust.
    • To manually change lighting, color, or add effects, tap Edit Edit.
    • For more options, tap the Down arrow Down Arrow.
    • To crop or rotate, tap Crop & rotate Crop & rotate.
    • To crop the photo, tap and drag the edges.
    Tip: While you edit, touch and hold the photo to compare your edits to the original.
  4. At the top right, tap Save.

Your edits will be applied to the photo, but you can undo them at any time.

If your photos are not backed up, edits will be saved as a separate photo.

Draw, highlight, or write on photos

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Open the photo you want to edit.
  3. Tap Edit Editand thenMarkup Gesture.
    • To draw, tap Pen Pen .
    • To add highlights, tap Highlight Highlighter.
    • To add text on top of a photo, tap Text Text . To move the text box around, touch and hold, then drag.

Tip: Depending on your device, you may find ExtensionsApps Extensioninstead of Markup Gesture. To access these features, tap Extensions Apps Extensionand thenMarkup Gesture.

  1. When you are finished, tap Done.
  2. To save a copy of the photo with your edits, then at the top right, tap Save as copy.

When you draw, highlight, or write on top of a motion photo to share with others, make sure the parts of the photo you’ve drawn over stay hidden when motion is on.

If your photos aren’t backed up, edits will be saved as a separate photo.

Save new shots from your motion photos

When you take a motion photo of a friend or a group, Google Photos will sometimes recommend another shot from your motion photo. You can also pick your favorite shot.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Open a motion photo.
  3. Swipe up on the photo.
  4. Tap Shots in this photo.
  5. Scroll through the shots in your picture and pick your favorite.
    • If you took the photo with a Pixel 3, you might see recommended shots. They will have a white dot over them.
    • The original photo will have a gray dot over it.
  6. To save a new photo, tap Save copy.

Shots you save appear in your Google Photos library next to the original photo.

Change date & time stamps

To change a photo or video's date and time stamps, open photos.google.com, and tap Computer above to follow the steps.

You can change the date and time stamps for photos and videos using a computer. When you change the date and time of your photo, the edited date and time will appear in Google Photos. But if you share it to other apps or download it, it may show the original date and time saved by your camera.

Undo edits

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Open the photo with edits you want to remove.
  3. Tap Edit Editand then More Moreand then Undo edits.
  4. When you're done, tap Save.
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