Free Access to Google’s AI Magic Editor for All Google Photos Users

Maryan Duritan
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Last updated: May 10, 2024
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Recently, Google revealed that starting May 15, all Google Photos users will not need to pay for a subscription to access its AI-powered photo-editing suite. This includes the popular Magic Editor. 

With this expansion, more people will be able to use tools like Photo Unblur and Magic Eraser that were previously only available to subscribers. Making advanced photo editing tools easier for everybody to use is a big step forward with this update. Now anyone can improve photos with a similar level of accuracy as an expert.

Google Magic Editor expands to more devices 

Magic Editor, Google’s flagship generative AI photo editing application was at first only available on the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. As is usual for Google, these advanced features were only available on their newest phones for six months. Now, the company is adding support for older Pixel phones with Magic Editor. But Google is putting some limits on how you can use it with this increase.

The company said that people can save up to 10 edits per month in the free version of Magic Editor. Users will need to either have a new Pixel phone or sign up for a Google One plan, which starts at $10 a month, to get unlimited access. The goal of this move is to make powerful photo-editing tools easier for more people to get and to get more people to buy Google’s services and products.

Google Magic Editor: AI-powered photo editing made easy

Google Magic Editor: AI-powered photo editing made easy

Google’s Magic Editor is a great feature that came with the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. It uses generative AI to make complex picture edits that used to be possible only with Photoshop. This cool new tool can fill in missing parts of a picture without any noticeable gaps, move objects around, and make complex changes to both the foreground and background. With just a few taps, users can change a dull gray sky to a bright blue one, get rid of people they don’t want in the background, move things around, and get rid of clutter.

Getting those kinds of results before Magic Editor usually required a lot of work by hand with tools like Magic Eraser or professional software that didn’t use AI’s automation features.

Also, older tools like Photo Unblur and Magic Eraser that were only available to Pixel owners and some Google One subscribers are now free for everyone who uses Google Photos. On its Photos community site, Google has written more about these features, such as how to change the blur and lighting effects in portrait view. Even though these tools are useful, they might not be the most cutting edge technology available. For now, only the newest Pixel phones will be able to use the creative AI features like Best Take and Audio Magic Eraser, which came out with the Pixel 8 series.

Get started with Magic Editor: System requirements

If you’re excited to see what Artificial intelligence (AI) powered picture editing can do with Magic Editor, make sure your device meets the requirements. A device with at least a 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM, and an operating system that is either iOS 15 or Android 8.0 or higher is required. Since most of the processing for Magic Editor happens off-device, these needs are pretty flexible. If you’re still using an old device, upgrading will not only enable you to use Magic Editor but also improve your overall user experience significantly.

In short 

Google announced that starting May 15, all Google Photos users will be able to use its AI-powered Magic Editor for free. This includes tools like Photo Unblur and Magic Eraser that were only available to paid customers before. This change makes advanced picture editing available to everyone, so anyone can get results that look like they were done by a professional without having to pay for a subscription. 

At first, Magic Editor was only available to Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro users. Soon, it will also be available on older devices, but with some restrictions on how they can be used. For example, free users can only make 10 edits per month, while Pixel device owners or people with a Google One subscription starting at $10 per month will have unlimited access. This update makes it easier to change photos in more advanced ways and gets more people to use Google’s services.

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