Three versions of a photo, showing the slow erasure of people in the background.

An unexpected photobomb can be hilarious, but it’s often a huge bummer. That killer photo of your kid hitting a home run? Turns out someone else’s toddler is running through the shot. With Google Photos’s Magic Eraser tool, you can remove that traveling tyke with a tap to perfect your perfect shot.

Here’s how to find and use Magic Eraser, available on iPhones running iOS 15 or older.

Total Time

  • 1-3 minutes
What You Need

  • iPhone running iOS 15 or higher
  • Google Photos app
  • Google Photos account

Step 1:
Open Google Photos, select an image, and edit it.

Open your Google Photos app, sign in, and select a photo to inspect. Click the “Edit” button at the bottom of the screen to see available editing options.

A screenshot of the Google Photos app with the "Edit" button circled in green.

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Step 2:
Navigate to “Tools,” then “Magic Eraser”

A screenshot of the Google Photos app with the "Tools" and "Magic Eraser" buttons circled in green.

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Step 3:
Circle or shade in the item you want erased.

Once your remove your finger from contact with the screen, Magic Eraser will edit the image automatically.

A screenshot of the Google Photos app with the to-be-edited section of a photo circled in green.

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Step 4:
Click “Done” to save your edited image.

A screenshot of the Google Photos app with the "Done" button circled in green.

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