How to start Snapseed from Google Photos

This article shows how to start the Snapseed application from Google Photos for Android, after an update that was applied in November 2019.


Snapseed is an app, originally made by Nik Software and now owned by Google, for editing photos on an iOS or Android smartphone.

I use it to prepare photos for one of my blogs, because it does things that Google Photos does not, for example, add text or watermarks to photos, or heal imperfections (which can be used to remove things wandering like landscape photos of power lines, or people’s faces in crowd scenes).

Until recently, you could open a photo in Snapsheed from Google Photos, using the three-dot menu to the right of the search bar.

However, a recent update has removed this: the three-point menu now opens a horizontal menu in photos, which does useful things like make Slideshows and Print – but Snapseed is not an option here.

Effect of the three-point menu in the recently released version of Google Photos

How to open a photo with Snapseed, from Google Photos

Make sure Snapseed is installed on your phone (download it from the Play Store etc, and make sure it opens).

Find your photo in Photos, and view it.

Click on the Edit button

The Edit button in Google Photos / Photo view

Once you have entered Edit mode, click on the Apps icon in the bottom right corner (it looks like a square made up of dots).

Extensions available in Google Photos

The screen that opens shows the available sub-apps or extensions. If Snapseed is installed correctly, it should be listed – you can click on it, and it will open.

Job done! You have now opened Snapseed from within Google Photos, and you can use it in the normal way to edit your photo.


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