The Pixel 6's Magic Eraser tool is causing the Google Photos app to crash

Hopefully, a fix will arrive soon.

David Imel for Engadget

Update: Google has issued a fix for the issue. The original post continues below:

The Magic Eraser feature on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro is a handy tool that does a solid job of removing unwanted objects or people from photos. However, users are experiencing a bug that crashes the Google Photos app when they use it.

Folks have flagged the issue on Reddit and Twitter. As Android Police notes, some have tried clearing the Google Photos cache and restarting their handset, but that doesn't seem to resolve things.

Users have experienced other issues with Magic Eraser and Google Photos. An app update in November accidentally removed the feature, but Google swiftly remedied that. Engadget has asked Google when users can expect a fix for the latest problem.

Magic Eraser was touted as one of the most compelling new features in the Pixel 6 lineup and it certainly didn't hurt device sales. Google parent Alphabet said in its earnings report this week that it set an all-time quarterly sales record for Pixel in the last three months of 2021 even in the face of ongoing supply chain issues.

Update 2/4/22 4:34pm ET: Google pointed Engadget to a comment its official account made on Reddit. "Thank you for your patience and bug reports," it reads, "Starting today, we are rolling out a fix, so please update to the latest version of Google Photos ( or higher) in the Play Store."