Google Photos for iOS gets portrait mode depth editing

Doris Richards
November 20, 2018

This particular feature was not available on the iPhone X or its previous models and not has it arrived in an iOS update.

In order to access the new features, open up an image shot in Portrait Mode and tap the edit button.

This means that you can now adjust the blur and change the area of focus with any Portrait Mode photo you've shot with the iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max. Depth editing is actually a fairly recent feature for iPhones, and is only available on iPhone X and above. The new Google Photos update also brings the "Colour Pop" feature that Google demonstrated at its I/O 2018 back in May. It keeps the subject of your portrait mode shot saturated in color but changes the background to black and white, to further make whoever it is you were snapping simply "pop". This will change the background of an image to black-and-white, while the image in the foreground will be colorful. You will get the edit slider when you hit the edit button again situated beneath the light and color bars.


The fact that iPhone 7 or 8 users can depth edit their photos - just not within an Apple product - is not the greatest look, especially when it is Apple rival Google that's offering the technological upgrade.

If you're interested in trying out the new feature, be sure to install the latest update if you haven't already. The bokeh experience through the new update seems similar to what one can get on a Pixel phone.

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