Final call! Order your S24/S24+ or Galaxy S24 Ultra! Double storage for free. Feel Galaxy AI!

SamMobile has affiliate and sponsored partnerships. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn a commission.

Notifications
    News for you

    Add portrait effect to any photo on your Galaxy phone or tablet!

    Tips & Tricks
    By 

    Last updated: April 11th, 2023 at 14:08 UTC+02:00

    Samsung smartphones, like smartphones from pretty much every other manufacturer, come with a dedicated Portrait mode in the camera that lets you blur out the background for more artistic photos. You get to choose from different blur effects, and you can also adjust the blur intensity.

    But did you know that on most Galaxy phones and tablets running recent versions of Samsung One UI, you can also add a portrait effect to photos that you haven't captured using the camera's Portait mode, or even photos that you downloaded off the internet or received from others?

    The feature is available on Galaxy devices running One UI version 4.1 and newer and lets you add background blur to any photo or image from the stock Gallery app. However, there is a catch: unlike the camera's Portrait mode, the Gallery app only lets you add a portait effect to photos of people (both real and fake, such as statues) and animals.

    Basically, the feature works only when the phone can detect faces in the photo. And while you can modify the intensity of the background blur, you do not get the various blur effects that are available in the camera's Portrait mode. Finally, facial detection can sometimes be hit and miss, although for the most part it works pretty well.

    How to blur the background in existing photos on Galaxy phones and tablets

    To add a portrait effect to pictures stored on your phone or tablet, all you need to do is open the Gallery app, browse to and open the desired photo, tap the three dots at the bottom right corner (next to the delete button), and select Add portrait effect from the options that show up.

    Once you do that, the phone will start scanning for faces (both human and animal) in the photo, and if it detects any, it will let you adjust the blur intensity. You can then save the photo by tapping the Save/Apply button at the top of the screen.

    By default, the blurred version will replace the existing photo, but you can revert back to the original version by opening the photo, tapping the three vertical dots, and selecting Revert to original. If you don't want to replace the existing photo, you can simply tap the three vertical dots next to the Save/Apply button and select the Save as copy option to save it as a new image.

    The Add portrait effect feature has a few advantages over the camera's Portait mode

    The Gallery app's Add portrait effect feature has a couple of advantages that you won't find in the camera's Portait mode. The biggest advantage is that it works with photos captured at any zoom level, instead of just the 1x and 3x zoom options you find in Portait mode on most Galaxy phones. If you've got, say, a Galaxy S Ultra flagship, you can add background blur to photos taken at 3x+ magnification.

    It also works with photos captured with the ultra-wide camera, which is something the Portrait camera mode doesn't allow (though ultra-wide shots won't look as good as regular photos with the effect applied). And as mentioned earlier, you can add the portrait effect to any image, no matter the source, just as long as faces are detected. Yes, that's plural – it can blur the background even when multiple people are in the shot.

    Check out some examples of photos blurred using the Add portrait effect feature (with the original image on the left and the portait version on the right) below.

    PhoneTips & Tricks One UI 4.1One UI 5.0One UI 5.1Samsung Gallery

    You might also like

    Galaxy S24 enhances your photos and videos with Super HDR!

    Galaxy S24 enhances your photos and videos with Super HDR!

    Samsung's new phones—Galaxy S24, Galaxy S24+, and Galaxy S24 Ultra—have many new features and improvements. Samsung has focused a lot on improving the screens, cameras, and performance of the phones by using an improved OLED panel, better camera algorithms, and a newer processor. And it's not just about capturing better images and videos. The company […]

    • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
    • 1 week ago
    Integrate One UI Split Screen into your routine with ease

    Integrate One UI Split Screen into your routine with ease

    One of the most unique features built into the UI of Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets is Split Screen. Over the years, this feature has inspired many OEMs, but Samsung still does it best. And with One UI 5.0, Samsung made Split Screen even more convenient to use. The easiest way to integrate Split Screen […]

    • By Mihai Matei
    • 1 month ago
    When and why Galaxy device users should use Maintenance mode

    When and why Galaxy device users should use Maintenance mode

    A little over a year ago, Samsung released Maintenance mode for Galaxy phones and tablets running One UI 5.0. The company improved this feature with subsequent updates and even added a temporary backup tool. But what is Maintenance mode, and why or when Galaxy device users should use it? Here's all you need to know. […]

    • By Mihai Matei
    • 2 months ago
    Google Cast controls are now compatible with media player widget

    Google Cast controls are now compatible with media player widget

    Google Cast is among the best media casting protocols in the world right now, and it comes built into Android, Android TV/Google TV, and several soundbars and speakers. However, its controls weren't as seamlessly integrated with Android as they should have been. That's changing now, though. Earlier, Google Cast media controls showed up as a […]

    • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
    • 2 months ago
    Samsung Galaxy A05 Indian variant gets Bluetooth SIG certification

    Samsung Galaxy A05 Indian variant gets Bluetooth SIG certification

    After launching the Galaxy A05s in India last month, Samsung is all set to launch another Galaxy A-series phone, i.e., the Galaxy A05 in the country. News about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A05 has been pouring in for some time, and it was earlier reported that the phone will be pricier than its predecessor. While […]

    • By Sagar Naresh
    • 3 months ago
    Samsung Gallery Week: Tap into your creativity using clever tools

    Samsung Gallery Week: Tap into your creativity using clever tools

    Samsung Gallery is not just the Galaxy device user's browsing app for images and videos stored on the memory of their phones and tablets. Gallery is also an app that lets you store and back up photos and videos to the cloud. It enables users to turn landscape photos into 24-hour time-lapse videos and offers […]

    • By Mihai Matei
    • 3 months ago