How to Use Google Real Tone Filters: Android, iOS, and Desktop

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mobtkr27 May 2022Last Update : 4 weeks ago
How to Use Google Real Tone Filters: Android, iOS, and Desktop

One of the main camera improvements in the Google Pixel 6 was the introduction of Real Tone image technology, with the aim of providing more natural and accurate skin tones in images.

At the time, Google felt that people with darker skin often didn’t look the way they should in images captured on smartphones, often looking contrasty and washed out, and sometimes even with a green tint. Pixel 6 technology sought to help in this regard, with Real Tone technology aiming to make skin naturally lit and as true to life as possible.

As you’d expect, the tech was exclusive to the Pixel 6 for quite some time. But, Google eventually decided that the technology shouldn’t be exclusive to its smartphones and rolled the feature into Google Photos for all iOS, Android, and desktop device users to enjoy.

The new filters, dubbed Playa, Honey, Isla, Desert and Clay, are slowly rolling out to devices around the world. Once the update is installed, here’s how to use the new Real Tone filters on your Android, iPhone, desktop or laptop.

How to Use Google’s Real Tone Filters on Android

The process of using Real Tone filters on your Android smartphone is quite simple; you just need to wait for the update to appear in Google Play and make sure you’re using the latest version of the software – although it’s true that rolling out the update is slow.

Once you’re up to date, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Photos app.
  2. Select the photo to which you want to apply the filter.
  3. Tap the Edit icon in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Swipe to the editing tools at the bottom of the screen and tap Filters.
  5. Select one of the new Real Tone filters (Playa, Honey, Isla, Desert or Clay) to apply to your image.
  6. Tap the filter a second time to adjust the strength of the effect.
  7. If you want to modify other elements of the image, press “Adjust”.
  8. Once you’re happy with the image, tap Save Copy to save your changes.

How to Use Google’s Real Tone Filters on iOS

As with the Android version of the Google Photos app, the update that enables Real Tone filters on iOS is slowly rolling out worldwide. Make sure your app is up to date and follow these instructions:

  1. Open the Google Photos app.
  2. Select the selfie you want to edit.
  3. Tap the Edit icon in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Swipe to the editing tools at the bottom of the screen and tap Filters.
  5. Select one of the new Real Tone filters (Playa, Honey, Isla, Desert or Clay) to apply to your selfie.
  6. Tap the selected filter a second time to adjust the strength of the effect.
  7. If you want to modify other elements of the image, press “Adjust”.
  8. Once you’re happy with the image, hit save to save your changes.
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Don’t worry if you can’t find the filters yet; As mentioned, the rollout is slow and may take a while to reach your iPhone, but it happens!

How to Use Google’s Real Tone Filters on Desktop

There is also a way to access Real Tone Filters on a laptop or desktop using the browser version of Google Photos, accessible via photos.google.com. The editing tools aren’t as advanced as the mobile variants, but you can still apply filters. Here’s how:

  1. Go to the Google Photos website.
  2. Select the selfie you want to edit.
  3. Tap the Edit icon in the top right corner.
  4. The Filters tab should already be selected; simply select one of the new Real Tone filters (Playa, Honey, Isla, Desert or Clay) to apply to the chosen image.
  5. As noted, you can’t adjust as many settings as the smartphone apps, but you do have limited customization options using the icons in the top right to crop and edit.
  6. Select Done to save your edit, or tap the three dots and select Save a Copy to save a copy of the image while keeping the original.
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