One of the underrated but impressive features of the recently released Google Pixel 6a is Magic Eraser, a native camera feature that lets you remove unwanted elements from your photos. It works like magic, you can select the object you want to delete and press the Magic Eraser button. Unfortunately, this easy-to-use camera tool is limited to newer Pixel smartphones. But there is a way to get a similar feature (under a new name, of course) on another Google app called Snapseed. It’s called Healing 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.
Here’s how to use the healing feature.
Step 1: Download Snapseed
First, download Snapseed on your iPhone or Android smartphone. The Google 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 you want to delete. Click “Open” in the top left corner and select one of your photos.
Step 3: Tap “Tools” then Healing
Select a photo you want to delete, tap the ‘Tools’ button in the bottom center of the screen. This will take you to the healing screen. We would like to point out that there are no instructions available on how to use the feature. So this may be confusing for some. Now highlight an object or person that you want to remove from your photo. You can also zoom in by pinching two fingers together on the area you want to remove. This creates a red area that indicates 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 edit and tap the back button in the bottom menu. And if you like the results, just save the image. Now you can tap “Export” and share or save your photo.
Our experience using Snapseed’s recovery feature on iPhone
During testing, we found that the feature worked well. 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 plant protector using the healing feature and the results were surprisingly good, although not as precise or accurate as the Pixel’s Magic Eraser. We recommend that you select an image that does not contain too many objects or complex patterns.