[Updated] Google Pixel 6 & 6 Pro Magic Eraser crashing after latest Photos update, potential workaround inside

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on February 04, 2022) follows:

The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are the latest flagship smartphones from the Mountain View tech giant. Both represented one of the biggest changes seen in the series in terms of features and design.

One of the most useful additions for fans of image retouching is the Magic Eraser feature. The new feature allows you to remove unwanted people and items from the gallery images.

Magic Eraser feature is integrated into the Google Photos app, which recently received an update. However, according to multiple reports, the new update ‘broke’ Magic Eraser on the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.

Apparently, when users try to use the feature on their phones, the Google Photos app just crashes.

Magic Eraser crashing on Google Pixel 6 series after Photos update

The most recent update to Google Photos arrived just a few hours ago. Since then, Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro users are reporting the crashing issue when trying to use the Magic Eraser feature.

Magic eraser not working

So today I was trying to use the magic eraser and the app kept crashing. All other edit options are working just fine except magic eraser. I tried clearing the cache and user files from both the photo and Camera app, but nothing seems to resolve the issue. Any suggestion?

Same thing, I rarely use this feature and today I realized it’s not working anymore. Apparently the latest update has caused this. Disappointed with google as they are really messing things up now.

Magic eraser is not working in my new pixel 6 pro. The app just keeps crashing. So annoying that we have to deal with so many bugs everyday.

A potential workaround

According to reports from Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro users, the Google Photos app update causing the crashing issue in Magic Eraser is v5.76.0.425427310.

I don’t use this often, but I checked and it seems I am on the updated version ( I am having the same issue. Just took a picture to test and when I got to tools and hit “Magic Erase” the app closes and nothing else happens.

So, a potential workaround that could help solve the problem is to downgrade the app to the previous version (v5.75.0.425411882), where everything worked correctly.

If you are wondering where you can find the previous version of the app, the APK Mirror repository is a reliable place for it.

At the moment, there is no official acknowledgment from Google about the problem. We will be following up on any related developments that arise in the next few hours to update this story with new information.

NOTE: You can also check out the bugs/issues tracker dedicated to the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro for more related coverage.

Update 1 (February 05)

09:39 am (IST): The Official Google Account on Reddit confirmed that a fix has been released for this issue and asked users to update the Google Photos app to version or higher from the Play Store.

Thank you for your patience and bug reports. Starting today, we are rolling out a fix, so please update to the latest version of Google Photos ( or higher) in the Play Store. (Source)

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