How to Edit Photos on Pixel Phones with AI Features

People can always improve the quality of images they capture using built-in or third-party editing tools. Although all the phones have some good editing features, the latest Pixel phones – the Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro, come with a range of AI-powered features that can help you edit your photos like a pro. Today, you will see how you can edit photos on a Pixel phone with new AI features.

Pixel phones with AI-editing features can allow users to move objects around a frame, erase objects, manipulate subjects’ faces, unblur old photos, and more in minutes. Read on to check out the best Pixel phone AI-editing features.

Edit Photos on Pixel Phones with AI

In order to edit photos on your Pixel smartphone using AI features, just open the Google Photos app, head over to the photo you want to edit, and tap to open it. Here, tap on the edit icon to access the editing tools, and here you’ll find a range of AI-powered editing options.

Magic Editor

The latest Pixel phones support Magic Editor, which allows users to move the subject, resize, and remove it. Here’s how you can do it:

Step 1: Open the Google Photos app on your device.

Step 2: Click on the photo you want to edit and tap the cloud button at the top to back up the image, as that’s the prerequisite for the feature to work.

Step 3: Tap on the Edit button.

Step 4: Now, click on the Magic Editor, which looks like a photo icon with stars on it.

Step 5: Long-press on any subject to select it.

Step 6: Resize it, move it around, or remove it as per your convenience.

Step 7: Once done, click Save.

Magic Eraser

Google Pixel’s Magic Eraser wipes out distractions or unwanted objects from a photo and generates new pixels using generative AI to fill in the places left behind. Below is the breakdown of how you can use this feature:

Step 1: Select a photo on the Google Photos app for which you’d like to use the magic eraser.

Step 2: Tap Edit > Tools > Magic Eraser.

Magic Eraser

Step 3: The phone will highlight some suggestions for you to erase. To accept and remove the suggestions, tap Erase All.

Step 4: You can also manually highlight an object by brushing or circling over the subject.

Here, you will also notice a Camouflage option, which works the same as the Erase option, but instead of removing a subject from the background, this option will adjust the coloring of the selected subject to match the surroundings.

Best Take

Best Take lets users select the best face from similar photos taken, whether it’s an individual or group photo. Here’s how you can use it:

Step 1: Open the photo you want to edit in the Google Photos app.

Step 2: Click on the Edit button, then select Tools.

Step 3: Tap on the Best Take option.

Step 4: Now, it will find similar shots to improve the photo.

Step 5: Once detected, you can manually select the face that suits the photo best.

Photo Unblur

Using the Unblur feature, you can fix a photo that looks blurry. This can be useful for those who want to unblur old-age images. Here’s how you can use the feature:

Step 1: Open the photo that looks blurry.

Step 2: Click on Edit > Tools.

Step 3: Select Unblur from the available options, and the Pixel’s AI will give you an unblur result.


Step 4: Tap Save Copy to save a copy of the image.

Portrait Blur

Thanks to AI, Pixel phones now have a dedicated portrait blur or simply blur tool that adds a bokeh effect to an already captured image. To use the feature, follow the below steps:

Step 1: Open the Google Photos app and pick the photo to which you want to add the bokeh effect.

Step 2: Click on the Edit button and tap Tools.

Step 3: Choose Blur or Portrait Blur, depending on your phone.

Portrait Blur

Step 4: Tap the viewfinder to set the area of focus, and adjust the slider as per your choice.

Step 5: Once you are ok with the shot, tap Save.

Change Sky

Another AI-powered editing feature on Pixel phones is Sky, which allows you to change how the sky appears in a photo. To use it, follow the steps outlined below:

Step 1: Open a photo in the Google Photos app.

Step 2: Tap Edit > Tools.

Step 3: Click Sky from the available tools.


Step 4: Navigate through the sky options and see which looks good in the photo.

Step 5: Adjust it using the slider if you want to.

Step 6: Finally, tap Done and save it.

So, this is all about how you can edit photos on Pixel phone with new AI features. I have tried to list the best of all the AI-powered features available to edit images to improve their quality.

Let us know if you have any questions related to the article.

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Harsh Saxena

Hi! I am Harsh and I write about technology on different websites. I frequently write about these topics and cover them. I am available on Twitter at @Harsh4saxena or Email me at to send in your feedback and tips. Worked at GadgetsToUse, BrowserToUse, DailyTechByte, FreshFounder, and with many other websites as an author and researcher.

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