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Auto-crop for documents and receipts coming to Google Photos on Android

It's possible Google could make the feature work for other photos too, but for now, it's just documents.

Published onMarch 28, 2019

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If you use your smartphone to take pictures of receipts, invoices, and other documents, you likely know how much of a pain it is to go in and edit those photos so that only the document is visible. What a time suck!

Luckily, Google has got your back and is rolling out a new auto-cropping feature to Google Photos on Android. The app will determine when you are viewing a photo of a document and then suggest you use the new auto-cropping tool.

The tool will also automatically rotate the image if necessary and also brighten it up a bit for clarity. These adjustments happen automatically — all you need to do is tap a button for each category.

Check out how it works in the video below, tweeted out by the official Google Photos Twitter account:

New! Crop documents in a single tap. Rolling out this week on Android, you may see suggestions to crop photos of documents to remove backgrounds and clean up the edges.
— Google Photos (@googlephotos) March 28, 2019

According to the tweet, this new feature is rolling out this week.

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It seems like Google Photos will pop up the new toolset when you are viewing a photo that is obviously a document, but it’s not yet clear whether you’ll be able to manually open the new toolset if the app doesn’t detect things correctly. If you can’t manually select the toolset and the app doesn’t recognize the photo is of a document, you’ll be stuck doing things the usual way by manually cropping and adjusting the photo.

If for some reason you’re not already using Google Photos as your default gallery app, click the button below to get started.

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