Google’s camera magic always comes to the latest Pixel smartphones in the form of software. This year, we got the new Magic Eraser tool to help remove unwanted objects from the background of photos. This was pitched as an exclusive feature for the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
With a powerful arsenal of specifications coupled with the Google Tensor chip, which is even more powerful than the Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 2100 in GPU performance, this flagship killer is getting a lot of love from consumers. And, one of the hallmark features of the Google Pixel 6 lineup is the new Magic Eraser tool introduced in the Google Photos app.
Google Magic Eraser tool is impressive and allows you to remove people, things, objects, and distractions from images. However, did you know you can use the Magic Eraser tool on any other Pixel phones other than Pixel 6? Yes, we have found a handy way for other Pixel users to take advantage of this feature.
Please keep reading to find out our detailed step-by-step guide on how to get Google’s Magic Eraser tool on any Pixel phone and device.
Get Google Pixel Magic Eraser Tool on Your Pixel Android Phone (2022)
While we will cover how to get the Magic Eraser feature on your Pixel device, we will also talk about the Google Pixel Magic Eraser tool.
What is Google’s Magix Eraser Tool?
If you are the one who takes photos and selfies on the regular, we are sure you are no stranger to photobombing. But, unfortunately, you can’t help every so often when people or even objects get in the way of a good photo. Google Photos’ Magic Eraser is the answer to that exact problem. Designed as an addition to the Google Pixel’s 6 photo editing capabilities, the Magic Eraser is a powerful tool.
This Magic Eraser feature can detect distractions in your photos, like a person standing in the background, power pole, and power lines, and suggest what you might want to remove in a photograph. Then you can choose whether you wish to erase them all at once or tap to remove them one by one. You can also see how this feature works in the image attached below.
For those inclined to take matters into their own hands, the Magic Eraser has the option to use a circle or brush to select what you might want to remove. Well, you don’t have to spend time worrying about careful brushing.
Google Magic Eraser tool does all this by incorporating machine learning (ML) into the mix. This intelligent ML algorithm automatically studies an image and replaces the vacant space with relevant pixels. This way, your edited photo will always feel natural. Keep reading to learn how to get the Magic Eraser tool on your Pixel device.
Device Eligibility to Use Magic Eraser Tool on Non-Pixel 6 Devices
Google Magic Eraser tool requires an Android 12 device, to be specific, which is officially still limited to Google Pixel phones. However, other devices running Android 12 beta or devices with custom ROM of Android 12 can also try the ROM using the APK.
How to Get Google Pixel 6 Magic Eraser Tool on Any Pixel Phone
Since Google is yet to roll out the Magic Eraser tool on your Android device officially, we will be using the latest version of the Google Photos APK file going around online. Once installed, the APK file works on any Pixel phone running the latest Android 12 older than the Google Pixel 6 without any issues.
Moreover, this method is a workaround, and there’s a chance it might fail to work on your device. There’s also the likelihood of Google rolling out a server-side patch to make it available only on the Google Pixel 6. So go ahead and try it out while it’s still available.
In this tutorial, we will be installing Google’s Magic Eraser tool on Google Pixel 4a to guide you. Once you have your Pixel device ready, go on and download this Google Photos APK from APKMirror and install the official APK Mirror Installer app (free) from the Google Play Store. Then follow the below-mentioned steps:
Steps to Install Google Magic Eraser Tool on Any Pixel Device
Follow the below steps to get and install Pixel 6 Magic Eraser toll on your Android 12 smartphone and tablets:
How to get the Pixel 6 Magic Eraser tool on your Android 12 smartphone
Step 1: Open the APKMirror Installer app on your Pixel phone.
Step 2: Tap the Browse files button to open the directory and allow all permissions if asked.
Step 3: Now, the app will show your Download Select the Google Photos APK Bundle we downloaded earlier.
Step 4: Then, tap the Install package button located at the bottom to begin. Finally, the files will start to load.
Step 5: Once done, tap the Install or Watch the ad and install the app button if you encounter it.
Step 6: Next, tap the Allow from this source toggle to grant necessary permissions for APK installation, and go back to the APKMirror Installer.
Step 7: Tap Update to allow the current Google Photos app to replace this latest version on your Pixel device. Then, let the installation takes its course.
Step 8: Once the installation process is complete, tap the Open app button to access the new Google Photos app.
And that’s it! You have successfully installed the latest Google Photos app with the new Magic Eraser tool. Now, let’s learn how to use Google’s Magic Eraser tool.
How to Get Magic Eraser on Non-pixel Android 12 Phones
Step 1: Download Split APKs Installer (SAI) from the Google Play Store. Click here for the link.
Step 2: Download the Google Photos APK file. (Regular APK at APK Mirror won’t work so you need this APK which comes straight from Pixel 6, as this will enable Magic Eraser). Click here for the direct link.
Step 3: Open SAI, tap Install APKs and then select System file picker. You will have to permit it to access your files on your device.
Step 4: Find and select the Google Photos .apks file you’ve just downloaded. It should show up under Recent files, but it will also be in your Downloads folder.
Step 5: Hit Install and allow SAI to install unknown apps. A pop-up will take you to the right settings screen.
Step 6: Click Update in the system install prompt.
Step 7: Open Google Photos and enjoy Magic Eraser! You can access it by hitting the Edit button when viewing an image and navigating to the Tools section.
While Magic Eraser is easy to install on any Android device right now, we aren’t sure how long it will stay this way. There is a chance a future Google Photos update could remove this functionality or Google could disable it server-side, but for now, it works.
How to Use New Magic Eraser Tool on Pixel Phones
Now that we have installed the latest Google Photos APK, we should go ahead and try our hand at the new Magic Eraser tool. While the tool will attempt to remove objects and distractions from all images, try to pick photos that don’t have distractions too close together. You won’t be satisfied with the results in this case. Anyway, let’s see how it works.
Guide on How to Use Magic Eraser Tool on Pixel Smartphones
- Open the Google Photos app on your Pixel smartphone.
- From the photos or library section, tap to open a picture you want to try or use the Magic Eraser tool.
- Them tap the Edit button located at the bottom.
- Scroll towards the left and select the Tools menu to see the new Magic Eraser tool.
How to Remove People, Objects, or Distractions From Images Using Google’s Magic Eraser Tool
While the Magic Eraser tool will try to find suggestions itself, there are times when there may be none detected. In that case, do the following:
Remove People or Objects From Images Using Google Magic Eraser Tool
- Using the finger, touch and scribble over the object or person you want to remove until it’s shielded in a white layer of color. Alternatively, you can capture the thing in a circle.
- Please wait a few seconds for the tool to work its magic. And voila! It will remove your annoying person or object from the image in a few seconds. You can also use the Undo or Redo buttons for further manipulation. And if you feel you might have messed up it, tap the Reset button to start over.
- Once you are happy with your edit, tap the Done button and save your image in Google Photos.
And it’s that easy! From here, you can export it any way you wish.
Conclusion – Erase Unwanted Distractions with Google Magic Eraser Tool
We hope our detailed guide helped you to install Google’s Magic Eraser on your Pixel phone. So how is the Magic Eraser tool working out for you? Do let us know your experience in the comment below.