Magic Eraser rolls out to all Pixel phones, Google One, & iPhone

Following last week’s announcementMagic Eraser is now available on all Pixel phones and for all Google One subscribers, including those on iOS.

All Pixel Phones

Magic Eraser debuted on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro in 2021 before coming to the Series 6a and then Pixel 7. It removes distractions automatically identified by Google Photos or those you manually select by circling. The tool can remove people and objects, while a Camouflage mode lets you change the color of selected items to “help them blend in naturally with the rest of the photo”.

When viewing an image in Google Photos, a suggestion bullet will appear at the bottom when Magic Eraser detects items to remove. In the editor, you can find Magic Eraser in the “Suggestions” or “Toolstabs”. You can undo deletions at any time.

As of today we see Magic Eraser on a Pixel 2 XL (Android 11) and 4a with version 6.25 from Google Photos. Google told us last week that it will be available on the original Pixel from 2016 to Pixel 5a without the need for a Google One subscription. This is a nice gesture for devices (Pixel 4 and older) that no longer receive monthly security updates.

Google One subscribers on devices other than Pixel and iOS

With Photos 6.25 and a Google One subscription (including the cheapest package at $1.99), we see Magic Eraser on Samsung devices, iPhones (version 6.26) and iPads. When editing, the Magic Eraser thumbnail is marked with a Google One logo in the upper left corner. It works the same as on Pixel phones.

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We also see wide availability of HDR effect for videos to improve brightness and contrast. Availability matches the Magic Eraser extension, and Google says it will result in “dramatically balanced videos ready to share.”

Extending the availability of Magic Eraser is a good move that bolsters Google One’s appeal as a subscription service. Previously, Google One’s unlocked tools in Photos – like HDR, Portrait light, Blur, Sky filters and Color focus – weren’t too appealing to those who weren’t already a storage subscriber. At $1.99 per month, the addition of Magic Eraser might be enough to entice more people to try Google One.

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