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Pixel 6’s magic eraser feature breaks after update

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Attempting to use the feature is reportedly crashing the photos app

The feature lets your remove unwanted objects or people from images.
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales

The Google Pixel 6’s magic eraser feature, which lets you remove unwanted people or objects from your photos, was temporarily broken by a recent update, PhoneArena reported. Multiple users across Reddit and Twitter reported that attempting to use it causes the Google Photos app to crash, leaving them unable to use a feature that’s been heavily marketed in the promotion of Google’s latest flagship smartphone. Google subsequently announced it was rolling out a fix, and users are reporting that the feature is working again.

The issue was the latest in a series of bugs to have hit the Pixel 6. Back in December, Google was forced to halt the rollout of an update after owners complained that it was causing network connection problems for their devices. Android 12 has been an unusually rocky update for many devices, but Google’s Pixel lineup seems to have been especially hard hit. This wasn’t even the first bug affecting the magic eraser feature, after an earlier update magically erased it from phones.

Android Police reported that the issue appeared related to Google Photos version 5.76.0.425427310. Google’s support accounts initially responded to a couple of complaints, and advised affected users to contact support and follow the troubleshooting steps on this support page.

Update February 7th, 6:30AM ET: Updated with confirmation that Google has rolled out a fix.