Add effects to your photos with Auto Awesome

Learn how to add effects to your photos using the new Google Photos. This article is for Google+ Photos.

See your photos and videos with fun special effects by using Auto Awesome. Some effects, like falling snow or GIF animations, may be automatically added to your photos. If you have an Android device, you can choose to add some of the effects to any photos you choose.

Your originals are safe
Don't worry, your original photos aren't deleted. Auto Awesome just makes a copy of them & your original photos are still in your Google+ photos.

Turn Auto Awesome off

Android app
  1. Open the Photos icon Photos app > touch the menu menu icon/button at the top right > Settings > your name.
  2. Check or uncheck the box next to "Create awesome new images, movies, and stories from your photos and videos."
  1. Open Google+. Place your cursor in the top left corner for the Google+ main menu.
  2. Click  Settings > check or uncheck the box next to "Create awesome new images, movies, and stories from your photos and videos."
Go to my settings
iOS app
  1. Open the Google+ icon Google+ app > touch the menu  icon at the top left >  gear icon > Camera and Photos.
  2. Next to Auto Awesome, toggle the switch on or off.
Mobile browser
This setting is not available using a mobile web browser at this time.

Auto Awesome is on by default.  If you don't like the Auto Awesome effect on a photo, you can simply delete the photo or movie. Since the Auto Awesome photo or movie is a copy, your original photos will still be in your Google+ photos. Turning off this setting means that Auto Awesome effects will not be automatically added to your photos, but you'll still be able to add effects to a photo yourself.

How to get Auto Awesome photos

You can get Auto Awesome photos automatically or, if you have an Android device, create them.

Get effects automatically

  • The easiest way to get Auto Awesome effects is to turn on Auto Backup and take lots of pictures. When your Google+ photos match certain criteria, you might get copies of them made into things like short animations or wide-screen panoramas.  
  • We'll notify you when an Auto Awesome photo has been created and these photos are private unless you choose to share them.
  • If you want to stop getting effects, you can turn Auto Awesome off.
See examples
Effect What it does Example When you might get this effect
HDR Combines best lighting from each photo Take 3+ photos of the same scene (with no movement) using a different exposure setting for each one.
Motion Short animation Take 5+ successive photos of something moving (while holding the camera still)
Pano Combines partly overlapping photos into one wide view Move the camera right or left to capture 3+ photos of partly overlapping areas
Mix Photobooth style grid Take 3+ successive photos of someone with the same background (works best with faces)
See my Auto Awesome photos

Get effects manually (Android only)

You can choose any of your photos and make a Movie, Motion (animated GIF), or Mix (collage) from them.

  1. Open the Photos icon Photos app > touch the Photos icon Photos icon at the top left to open the menu > Auto Awesome.
  2. Touch the create icon   at the top right to make a Movie, Motion, or Mix.
See examples
Effect What it is Example
Motion An animated GIF using up to 50 photos.
Mix A photobooth-style grid of up to 9 photos.

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