If you only need the object in the photo and not its background, we usually turns our head to photoshop. But guess what, you don’t always have to rely on Photoshop. Turns out, your Android smartphone with right apps, can help you cut of background from the photos as long as you don’t need pixel-perfect control.
While there are plethora of background removal apps on the Play Store; some of the most popular ones are filled with ads. So, I hunted the App Store to find the best background eraser apps for Android (with minimal ads) and here are my findings.
Though, you should not expect Photoshop like results from these Android apps like cutting out fine hair or tea leaves. We notice these Android apps works best, when the images had one monochrome background like black or red; and with good contrast between the foreground and background. And yes, you can export images as transparent png.
5 Best Background Eraser App for Android
Just as you do in Photoshop, you need to trace the area you want to extract with the highlight tool present in the app, and tap the delete button. Yes, it’s that simple. You can also remove the original background and swap it with something cooler like a beach, Leaning Tower of Pisa or the Taj Mahal. Sounds fun? Well, then let’s begin.
Background Remover is a background eraser app developed by Android Pixels who have also have several other notable photography apps on the Play Store.
There is a crop feature using which you can trace the area you want to remove around the subject. In the next screen, you can erase the background manually or use the magic button to tap on the screen to erase background in a particular area with a single click. If you have erased more than you like, you can either undo or use the repair button to fill erased area back to the way it was. There is a zoom button to magnify a difficult area where you are having trouble erasing the background. You can change brush size and offset to cover more area when working with the image.
You can superimpose new backgrounds. There are some additionals options like the ability to adjust brightness, contrast, and opaqueness.
Bottom Line: The app works as advertised. It is free to use and is ad-supported. I like the app because it simply works but the UI is difficult to use. Pop up ads although are minimal, often gets annoying.
There is no dearth of background eraser apps on the Play Store, and more often than not, they are identical save for some UI changes here and there. Ultimately Background Eraser made the list because apart from the usual bells and whistles like auto mode (Magic), manual, crop, undo, offset, and zoom feature that we saw above, it has one little trick up its sleeve.
You see, mobile phones have small screens and when you are working with your fingers, it is difficult to see where you are pressing, especially when you have large hands. To counter this problem, the app will show a magnifying glass every time you press the screen. It is like zoom but only works in a particular area where you are pressing your finger. This works for both manual and auto mode. You can add text and emojis to help speak what is on your mind.
You can save the image in PNG or JPEG after you have added a new background. You can also add text and emoji after making the edit.
Bottom Line: The app provides a better user experience and makes editing images easier and even fun. The app is free and ad-supported.
For some reason, when you download the app, it is named as Eraser instead of its full name which made it difficult to search for. Background Eraser also supports importing from cloud storage directly.
Once you have loaded the image, the process is pretty much the same. You upload an image and crop it, and then begin with the background removal process. While using the Auto feature, I noticed that it worked far better than Background Remover in identifying areas to erase. Accuracy was better. Though finger magnifying effect is not available, you can use the zoom feature to zero in on a particular area to erase it.
After you are done with erasing the background, you cannot superimpose a new background. That feature is not built-in, rather the developer offers a button that will take you to Play Store and make you download a separate app.
Bottom Line: I liked the app because it was more accurate in identifying the background areas to be removed. The app is free and ad-supported, but not being able to change backgrounds was a deal breaker.
When you install the app, it will be called Eraser and not Background Eraser and Remover. Anyways, opening the app will present you a familiar UI, if you have previous experience with any background eraser app.
There is a restore button which will restore the image back to the way it was, originally. There is an undo button which only works 10 steps backward. Any changes made before that cannot be undone. When you save the image, you get an additional option to save it in PNG or JPEG format.
You cannot superimpose the edited image or in other words, cannot add a new background which kind of defeats the purpose of erasing the background. Once again, you will have to import the image into a new app.
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Bottom Line: The app is neat and ad-supported. The accuracy level is still not where it should be when it comes to the auto mode, and you cannot superimpose or change the background to something else.
Change Photo Background will help you erase background or simply make it transparent. Once you are done with your editing, you can save the image and superimpose it on a different background. So in one image, you are standing in front of your home, and in the next image, you have a waterfall behind you.
This app also made the list because it will allow you to remove or erase the background and also add a new one.
Bottom Line: The app works as it should without any issues whatsoever. I just wish it offered that zooming feature I talked about in Ultimate Background Eraser.
Wrapping Up: Background Eraser App
After using some of these apps, it is easy to get confused on which one to use. This is why I wrote this post. I like Ultimate Background Eraser because apart from the usual features, its zoom features really helps when working with the image. The second best background eraser app is Change Photo Background.
Tell me which app are you using and how it is better than the ones I have reviewed here.
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