Here’s how to get the Pixel 6a’s Magic Eraser-like feature on any iPhone and Android phone


One of the underrated but impressive features of the recently released Google Pixel 6a is Magic Eraser, a native camera feature that allows you to remove unwanted elements from your images. It works like magic, allowing you to select the object you want to remove and press the Magic Eraser button. Unfortunately, this easy-to-use camera tool is limited to newer Pixel smartphones. However, there is a way to get a similar feature (obviously under a new name) in another Google app called Snapseed. It’s called Heal and does the same thing as Magic Eraser but is less precise. The good thing about the Healing feature is that you can use it on any iPhone or Android smartphone as long as you have the Snapseed app installed on your device.

How to use the healing function.

Step 1: Download Snapseed

First, download Snapseed on your iPhone or Android smartphone. Google’s own app is available for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store

Step 2: Open an image in Snapseed photo editor

The next step is to open and select a photo that you want to delete. Click on “Open” in the top left and select one of your photos.

Snapseed is free to download for iOS and Android. (Screenshots taken with the iPhone 13 mini)

Step 3: Tap on “Tools” and then on “Healing”.

Select a photo you want to remove something from and tap the Tools button at the bottom center of the screen. This will take you to the healing screen. At this point we would like to point out that no instructions for using the function are available. So this can be confusing for some. Now mark an object or person that you want to remove from your photo. You can also zoom in by dragging two fingers on the area you want to remove. This will create a red area showing where changes are being made. You can use the undo and redo arrows at the bottom of the screen at any time. There is an option to undo the last change and tap the back button on the bottom menu. And if you like the result, simply save the image. Now you can tap “Export” and either share or save your photo.

Pixel 6a, Google Pixel 6a, Snapseed, Snapseed App, Magic Eraser, Snapseed Heal Feature, Snapseed App on iPhone, Google Pixel Magic Eraser Snapseed’s healing feature works well, if not quite as impressive as the Pixel 6a’s Magic Eraser. (Credit: Anuj Bhatia/Indian Express)

Our experience with Snapseed’s healing feature on iPhone

During testing, we found the feature to work well. Just run your finger over the unwanted item in the photo and watch the magic happen right in front of you. I removed a small metal crop screen with the healing function and the results were surprisingly good, although not as precise or accurate as the Pixel’s Magic Eraser. We recommend choosing an image that doesn’t contain too many objects or complex patterns.


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