Google Photos is a photo sharing and storage service that not only packs various features like cloud backup, media sharing, and more. It also offers users unlimited free storage for photos up to 16 megapixels and videos up to 1080p resolution. Google Photos also brings in good photo editing options – such that you wouldn’t need any other app for basic photo editing. In this blog post, let’s talk more on how to edit photos on your smartphone using Google Photos.

Google Photos is a photo-viewing app. Hence, you shouldn’t expect it to offer as many features as a dedicated photo-editing application like Snapseed, PicsArt Photo Studio or Adobe Lightroom would do.

Nevertheless, Google Photos still get the job done with options to crop and adjust the image, followed by the facility to highlight, draw and write text on the images. Then there are other handful of built-in filters on offer, and you can also tweak the light, color saturation and more on the go.

So, if you are running low on storage on your smartphone and you don’t want to install any third-party apps for editing pictures then here is how you can utilize the built-in Google Photos app on your device.

How To Edit Photos Using Google Photos

Before we move on to steps, make sure that you update your Google Photos app to the latest version from Google Play Store, so that you don’t miss out on anything.

  • Adjust > Crop > Rotate an image.
  • Changing Filters > Tweak Lighting > Tweak Saturation of an image.
  • Drawing > Highlighting > Writing on an image.

Google Photos : Adjusting > Cropping > Rotating an Image

Google Photos : Adjusting > Cropping > Rotating an Image

Step 1: Open Google Photos app on your smartphone or tablet and open the image you want to edit.

Step 2: Now clik on “Edit” and tap on “Crop & Rotate” button as shown in the screenshot above.

Step 3: Simply crop the photo as per your requirements by tapping and dragging the edges. You can aslo use the adjustment stripe and rotate button located at the bottom to make any additional changes on the image.

Step 4: Now, click on ” Done” button and save the picture using the “Save” button located on the top right corner of your screen.

Google Photos : Changing Filters > Tweaking Lighting > Tweaking Saturation

Google Photos : Changing Filters > Tweaking Lighting > Tweaking Saturation

Step 1: Launch Google Photos app on your device and open the photo you want to edit.

Step 2: Tap on “Edit” and you’ll be taken into the “Photo Filters” menu with a list of available filters at the bottom of the screen.

Step 3: Choose and tap on the filter you would love to appy on your image. Tap again to adjust the internsity of the filter.

Note: Google has also provided an “Auto” filter feature in Google Photos app, in case you want it to automatically adjust the white balance of the image in addition to the exposure and saturation using built-in algorithms.

Step 4: Once you’re done with filters, tap the “Edit” button placed right next to the Photo Filters option. Here, you can change the amount of light, the intensity of color and pop using the given sliders.

Step 5: Tapping the Down arrow next to “Light” will let you manually tweak things like exposure, contrast, whites, highlights, shadows, blacks and vignette. Whereas, the arrow on the “Color” option will allow you to play with saturation, warmth, tint, skin tone, and more.

Step 6: After you done with the editing of the picture, simply tap on “Save“.

Google Photos : Drawing > Highlighting > Writing on an image.

Google Photos : Drawing > Highlighting > Writing on an image.

Step 1: First of all, open the image on Google Photos which you want to edit from your smartphone gallery.

Step 2: Click on “Edit” and tap the “Markup” button, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 3: Here, you can tap on the “Pen” icon to draw in different colors and thicknesses. And then, you can tap on the “Text” icon to add text in a box that can be dragged around. There’s also a “Highlight” button to accentuate the essentials in the picture.

Step 4: Once you’re finished with the final edits of the picture, tap “Done” and click on “Save“.

Note: You can always touch and hold the photo while editing to compare your edits with the original. 

How To Undo Edits Made On Google Photos

We all love trialing and playing around with options and features that can make things can go wrong while editing the image. So, in case you mess with an image, there is an option to revert the changes using the ‘Undo Edits‘ button, given in the three-dot menu on the top right corner. (See the screenshot below)

Interestingly, the Google Photos app saves a copy of your original photo even if you’ve edited and saved it directly without creating any duplicates. Hence, in a situation when you feel like going back to the original image, just open the edited photo, tap the Undo Edits button and you’re good to go. Note that this feature is only available on version 1.17 and newer.

Wrapping Up

So, this was all about how you can edit photos using Google Photos on your smartphone or tablet. While it’s pretty good for basic edits, we would advise you to install Snapseed – a dedicated photo editing app from Google that offers way more features and options than the former. Anyway, what are your thoughts on Google Photos? Let us know in the comments section below. Also, feel free to reach us in case of any doubts or queries.