How to Remove Background from Image on iPhone (iOS 17)

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One of the most useful features on your iPhone is the ability to cut out an image from a photo and paste it anywhere you normally can paste text and images, like creating a sticker. And the best part about this super fun tip is that it's also super easy! Using artificial intelligence, you can use your iPhone to perfectly crop an object out of a picture with a simple tap of your finger.

Why You'll Love This Tip:

  • Quickly and seamlessly remove the background from an image on iPhone and paste or share the new image wherever you'd like.
  • Create stickers of your loved ones, pets, and objects to paste in Notes or online for both practical reasons and just for fun!

How to Cut Out an Image on iPhone

System Requirements

This tip works on iPhones running iOS 16 or later. Find out how to update to the latest version of iOS.

This cool hidden feature makes it super easy to cut items, objects, or people out of an image and make the background transparent. Although this trick is a fun way to create stickers of people, animals, and objects, it's no substitute for Photoshop. If you want to add a person or an object to another photo, you'll still need photo editing software. But if you just want to create custom stickers that you can paste in all the normal places, this is the tip for you! If you like cool tips and tricks like this about how to use your Apple devices, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day! Here's how to cut something out of a picture on iPhone.

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  1. To remove an image from its background, open your Photos app.

    To remove an image from its background, open your Photos app.
  2. Select a photo you'd like to cut out an image from. Make sure to choose an image with a clear subject that doesn't blend into the background too much.

    Select a photo you'd like to cut out an image from.
  3. Tap on the subject, hold briefly, and then release. You will see the object outlined in silver. Tap Copy or Share.

    Tap and hold on the image in the picture, you will the object it outlined in silver. Tap Copy or Share depending on your preferences.
  4. You can paste these stickers in messages, emails, notes, and anywhere else you might include a photo, but do note that you can't paste them on top of other photos without photo editing software.

    Now, you can paste or share the image anywhere you'd like!

And that's how you remove an image from its background. This is a super-fun and simple trick that I find myself using all the time now. Although the AI isn't perfect and doesn't always cut out exactly the image you'd like, it's pretty impressive how close it gets and how quickly it works. It even gets the general outline of my extremely fat and fluffy cat, albeit a bit blurry. I hope you have as much fun with this feature as we have been having here! Now, find out how to make animated stickers and more from Live Photos!

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Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and a poet and author. With 10-plus years of experience working with Apple devices, she specializes in all-things iPad and is a Notes App expert, having worked on both the 2023 iPad Guide and the Notes App Guide. You can usually find her writing in the Daily Tip newsletter as one of our senior Tip writers. Rachel received her Master’s degree in English Literature in 2021 and her most recent work appears in the Winter ’21 edition of New Note Poetry. When she’s not obsessing about Apple products, you can find her voraciously reading fantasy books with her cat in Asheville, North Carolina.