Many smartphones these days notoriously add a “Shot on” watermark on all the photos you capture using their camera. For those unaware, this isn’t necessarily a new feature we’ve just seen on phones. If I remember correctly, the Huawei P9 was one of the first phones that felt the need to watermark “Huawei P9 – Leica Dual Camera” on all the photos I captured. It’s not necessarily a deal-breaker for me but I see how it can be not very pleasant for many who want their images to come out unscathed. Luckily, you can disable these manufacturer watermarks, and here’s a simple guide to teach you how to do it. You can also browse this article using the index below to see how to remove these watermarks from images after the fact.

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How to Disable Manufacturer Watermarks in the Camera App

The steps involved in disabling the manufacturer watermark are almost identical in the case of all Android phones that add it in the first place. You will find the watermark option on the settings page of the camera app. The camera settings option is usually seen as a cog icon on the viewfinder screen. It usually hides behind a three dots or the Hamburger menu icon. I happen to have a OnePlus 10 Pro and a Vivo X60 Pro Plus with me at the time of writing this article, so here are some screenshots below that should give you an idea of ​​where to find this watermark option in camera app:

OnePlus phones

  • Open the camera app and press the three points in the upper right corner of the screen to find the camera settings icons.
  • Tap it to open the camera settings page.
  • You notice that Watermark is the first option on the settings page, and you can turn it on or off with just the press of a button.

How to Remove Watermark from OnePlus Phones

Vivo phones

  • Open the camera app and press the Hamburger menu in the upper right corner of the screen to reveal the settings cog.
  • Press it to open the Settings page and scroll until you find watermark option.
  • Inside, you will see three options that allow you to enable time, pattern, or a custom watermark for your images.

How to Remove Watermark from Vivo Phone

You should be able to find this option quite easily on other phones as well. It’s as easy as disabling manufacturer watermarks in the camera app. If you don’t like seeing these watermarks on your images, be sure to turn them off by heading to the camera settings when setting up your new phone.

How to Remove Manufacturer Watermarks in Post

If you forgot to turn off the watermark before capturing an image but don’t want to share it with a “Photo on XYZ” tag, there are a few things you can do to get rid of it afterwards. Here’s how:

Crop the image

While not ideal, cropping is perhaps one of the easiest ways to get rid of those manufacturer watermarks from your shots. Watermarks are often added towards the lower left corner of an image, which you can easily cut out before sharing. Cropping an image takes little to no effort, and it can be done even with the photo editor in the default gallery app.

How to remove a watermark by cropping an image

But if you want to keep the aspect ratio of an image or you don’t want to crop the image to avoid cutting off a significant part of it, it may not work for you. That’s when you can take advantage of an advanced photo editor to only remove the watermark from an image.

Best Online Tool to Remove Watermark

Many advanced photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop and GIMP have a content-aware correction tool to hide a particular point on an image. You can use them to easily remove the watermark from an image. But if you don’t want to have to download any of these photo editing software, I suggest you use ZMO’s online tool. This particular tool uses AI to automatically remove watermarks from your images. I came across this great tool on Product Hunt the other day and it’s one of the best options out there.

Here is an example to show you the kind of results you can expect to see using this software:

How to remove maker watermark from images

  • To use ZMO’s watermark removal tool, just head over to its Remover tool and upload your image.
  • Once done, simply resize the brush and highlight the watermark to see the AI ​​work its magic.

How to Remove Watermark Using Online Photo Editor

This particular tool seems to work great for preserving the details behind the watermark. Here is another example to show you how it works:

How to remove watermark from images 1

Final Thoughts

Like it or not, manufacturer watermarks are here to stay. It’s an easy way to promote their phone’s camera system to brands, and many users either don’t know about it or don’t bother to turn it off by heading to the camera settings. That’s why you may have seen hundreds or even thousands of these images on social media. One way to make it less annoying for users who don’t want this feature would be to not enable the watermark by default. It sounds like a distant dream, so we hope you found this guide useful. If you think we missed another way to remove watermarks, be sure to let us know by dropping a line below.