Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tuesday's Tip - Turning Off the Google+ Auto Enhance Feature

Yesterday, I was trying to add an image to a post and the background color of the image kept changing when it uploaded to Blogger. I was trying to upload this:

But, I kept winding up with this:

What the heck!! I had done this graphic in an Excel spreadsheet, so my first thought was that it was something to do with the background color in there. After several attempts at changing the spreadsheet background color and the graphic background color, I ruled that out as the cause.

Searching for the problem led me to some posts about a change in Google+. According to a Google+ Help Page, "When you add new photos, Auto Enhance makes subtle adjustments (like removing red-eye and improving lighting) to help them look great". The page also said that Auto Enhance is on by default.

To turn the feature off, execute the following steps:

1. Go to your Google+ home page.
2. Hover your mouse over the Home menu in the upper left corner.

3. Select the Settings option.

4. Scroll down to the Photos section and set Auto Enhance to Off. I also unchecked Auto Awesome and checked another box in the Photos section to upload my photos at full size.

OK, so here's the really crazy thing. I was not a member of Google+! In order to change these settings and return Blogger image uploading to normal, I had to enable my Google profile for Google+. After doing this, I went back to the Settings menu, selected Profiles and Privacy and locked down everything I could.

There is an option at the very bottom of the Settings page to disable Google+, but I'm not sure what effect that would have on the settings I changed. I decided to leave it for now, but I'm not at all happy with the way Google forced these new settings and services on us. It would be much more user friendly to default new features to "Off" rather than make users spend a lot of time trying to figure out what changed.


  1. Great tip! Thanks! Google+ can be so hard to understand and navigate. I'm still trying to figure out the number behind the g+ in the square. Its in 2 different places and the numbers change. You have the one up beside the search bar at the very top. I have another one under the "Members" on my page. Haven't figured out what the numbers represent yet.

    1. Thanks Laura! I'm guessing the g+ under each post is Google's version of a Like button with a counter, but I'm not sure. I think the one at the top on my blog is new since I changed the settings yesterday, so I'll have to look into what that one does. I agree, it's really hard to navigate!

  2. Ah that explains why I can't get my background proper as I like lately! Thanks for finding out what's the matter!

    1. You're welcome Joan! Hope it helps with your background problem.