Google Pixel Magic Eraser

One of the Google Pixel 6’s most touted features is called “Magic Eraser.” It allows you to select objects in photos and “magically” remove them. The good news is you can get this on almost any Pixel phone.

Magic Eraser is not as dependent on Google’s Tensor chip as people assumed. In fact, any Pixel phone running Android 12 can use the feature. That includes the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 5a, Pixel 5, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL.

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All you’ll need to do is sideload the Google Photos app from the Pixel 6. To do that, we’ll first install an app called “Split APKs Installer (SAI)” from the Google Play Store.

Install the SAI app.

Next, download the Google Photos APKs file, courtesy of Android Police. Then, open the SAI app and tap “Install APKs.”

Tap "Install APKs."

Use one of the file picker options to find the Google Photos APKs file. You will need to grant the app storage permission.

Select the APKs file.

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Keep all the options checked and tap “Install.” You will be instructed to grant SAI permission to install apps from unknown sources.

Install the APKs file.

The APKs file will install as an update to the existing Google Photos app on your Pixel.

Install as an update to Google Photos.

Now you can open Google Photos and use Magic Eraser! To do that, open a photo and tap the “Edit” button.

Open a photo and tap "Edit."

Then select “Magic Eraser.”

Select "Magic Eraser."

Google Photos will highlight suggested things to erase. Simply tap the highlights to erase them from the photo. You can also use your finger to draw over things you want to remove. Tap “Done” when you’re finished.

Tap things to erase. Select "Done" when finished.

That’s all there is to it! Magic Eraser is easily one of the coolest features of Google Photos, which can already do a lot of powerful things, including hiding your sensitive photos. If you have a Pixel phone, you should definitely take advantage of it.

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