Editing photos on a phone, but not as good as editing on a desktop, is getting better and better with powerful tools to whip images into shape. But sometimes you just want a simple edit, like making a color photo black and white. Instead of downloading a separate app to fine-tune the image, you can only use Google Photos.
Using a black and white filter can add a vintage feel to your photos or simply stylize them in a way that better matches the memory you captured. But Google Photos doesn't actually have a filter called "black and white," so it's not obvious to remove color from your photos. Once you know where to look, however, it is a really simple process.
Step 1: Choose your photo
First, open the Google Photos app for iPhone or Android. Choose a photo you want to turn into a black and white image. When your image is open, click on it to bring up the controls (a series of white icons at the top and bottom). Click the edit icon, which is the second one from left to left.
Step 2: Make your image black and white
Now scroll left over the image filters, which are "Original", "Auto," and so on thumbnails near the bottom. Pull through these until you find one called "Eiffel." Just click on "Eiffel" to turn your image into black and white!
If you are happy with the image and want to override the original, press "Save" in the upper right. Alternatively, you can press the three dots in the upper right corner and select "Save Copy" to keep the original and save a new black and white copy. When you have saved when you return to your gallery you will find your picture in black and white.