Google Photos can now adjust background blur on Portrait Mode pics

Alfred Osborne
November 21, 2018

One of the most prominent updates we encountered in the camera department was the ability to control Portrait mode depth editing on the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and its bigger XS Max version. Depth editing is actually a fairly recent feature for iPhones, and is only available on iPhone X and above.

You can now use Google Photos to adjust the focus and level of background blur - also known as bokeh - in photos taken using Portrait mode in iOS. However, some people say Google Photos does a better job and produces noticeably superior results. Users who own an iPhone XR, iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max get the feature by default built within the camera app. These new iPhone models let you edit portrait mode photos to increase or decrease the background blur effect - aka bokeh - to your liking. Depth Control allows you to change the background blur of a photo while you're snapping a pic or after. The new Google Photos update also brings the "Colour Pop" feature that Google demonstrated at its I/O 2018 back in May.

Previously the Google Assistant inside Photos would suggest applying this treatment to specific images, but now you can trigger it manually for every single one of them if you so wish. Tapping the edit button a second time reveals the depth slider.

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The new features are available now for Google Photos on iOS.

If you're interested in trying out the new feature, be sure to install the latest update if you haven't already.

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