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Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro are hot commodities this holiday season thanks to their ‘it just works’ philosophy and their take on A.I. learning thanks to the Google Tensor SoC. One of the main attractions for the Pixel 6 line is its powerful camera array along with its features, such as the Magic Eraser.
The cameras on their own don’t stand out too much from their competition, it’s machine learning features, such as Magic Eraser, that make the whole experience shine. However, standing out from the competition can mean getting used to new interfaces and operating system features. Sometimes, it’s hard to find them.
The Magic Eraser feature uses the power of Tensor machine learning to identify objects, detect differences in background and foreground, then allow users to remove said objects. Photobombers and other obstructions are seemingly a thing of the past with Magic Eraser, but where is it?
Magic Eraser sits inside the Google Photos app. Once you’ve taken the picture you need, open the app drawer by swiping up on the middle of your screen and find Photos. Once in, select the photo that you’d like to adjust, then tap ‘Edit’. The Magic Eraser feature can be found with your other image editing tools (just tap Tools), this menu can also be accessed by tapping the bottom-right gallery shortcut on the camera app after taking a photo.
Some users have reported that they need to check for app updates to get the latest version of the Photos app that supports the magic eraser. Simply open your app drawer by swiping up on the center of your screen to do this. Then, find or search for ‘Play Store’, this is where you can download Android applications.
Now tap your account icon on the top-right corner, then go for ‘Manage apps and device’. Under the overview section, you should see ‘Updates available’. Tap ‘Update all’ to grab the latest updates.
Although Google Pixel 6 handsets should be shipping with Android 12, it’s worth checking to see if there’s another update that may be blocking the functionality of your handset. This rollout can vary region by region.
Open your app drawer and search for ‘Settings’, then tap System > System Update. If your Google Pixel 6 is saying it’s up to date, it probably is, but let’s double-check anyway by tapping ‘Check for updates’. You’ll either be prompted to update or you’ll get the same ‘System is up to date’ screen, which means you’re running the latest version of Android 12.
If the Magic Eraser feature still isn’t showing up for you despite the above steps, this should definitely work. We’re going to clear the cache of both the Camera and Photo apps, which means we’re going to remove any temporary files that may be conflicting with app functionality.
Go to System > Apps then find the camera or photo apps, Once you’ve found and tapped the app, you’ll go to the ‘App info’ page. Scroll down to the third option ‘Storage and cache’ and tap it, then on the next screen tap ‘Clear cache’. Once you’ve done this for both apps, restart your handset and you should be good to go.
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