[Updated] Google Pixel ‘Emoji & Cinematic Wallpaper’ features missing from June update? Here’s probably why


Here’s the crux of the article in video form:

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story from (June 15, 2023) follows:

Google Pixel users have now begun receiving the June 2023 security update with several fixes and feature drops along with the official Android 13 QPR3.

The latest Feature Drop also helps elevate users’ experience by introducing Cinematic wallpapers. These wallpapers use AI to convert your 2D pictures into dynamic 3D scenes, giving them a unique appearance.


It also lets you use the emoji wallpaper app to create colorful, dynamic backgrounds for your devices. However, it seems that this feature drop did not make it to every Pixel smartphone.

Google Pixel ‘Emoji & Cinematic Wallpaper’ missing

Several Google Pixel owners have taken to Google support forum to raise their concerns about the missing Emoji and Cinematic Wallpapers from the recent June feature drop update (1,2,3,4,5,6).

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I’ve updated the June update of Android 13 which was released by Google this week. But cinematic wallpepar and hand-free selfie has not been updated in my pixel. Pls check and advise how to resolve.

I got the June update for my pixel 7 pro and I am unable to create the cinematic wallpaper as suggested step by step instructions, I don’t get the icon to tap to create cinematic wallpaper Same for the emoji wallpaper, wallpaper settings does not give me the option for the same

Reports indicate that the issue is not restricted to any one Pixel smartphone model. Rather almost all Pixel phones are affected by this bug (1,2,3,4).

Apparently, the feature arrived with the most recent upgrade that converts regular images into 3D pictures that users apply as cinematic wallpaper for Pixel devices.

But they currently don’t see any icon in the upper right corner to do so.

I’d update latest pixel update that feature AI cinematic wallpaper but when i apply to change wallpaper and i didn’t see any icon over top of the right corner to convert 3D cinematic photo.

Even after carefully following all the instructions, users are unable to find Cinematic and Emoji wallpapers. Restarting their smartphones doesn’t seem to help fix the issue either.

Here’s why you haven’t got the feature drops

According to a Google member, those affected can only wait patiently for the wallpaper emoji to appear. They are also advised to check for updates to the Play Store app as well.

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Moreover, it must be kept in mind that certain updates and features roll out gradually and also vary from country to country.

To assure you that you might get the feature soon enough is a user’s report. According to them, they got the wallpapers but not the emojis. So, you can also wait for it to appear eventually.

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We hope that this information gives you some respite as to why the Emoji and Cinematic Wallpaper are missing from your Google Pixel device after June update.

We’ll keep tabs on the latest developments and update this accordingly.

Update 1 (June 16, 2023)

03:50 pm (IST): One of our readers has suggested a potential workaround for this issue

Change wallpaper and you will get the option to select cinematic wallpaper

Thanks for the tip: Ankur Kotecha!

Update 2 (June 26, 2023)

11:04 am (IST): A product expert has assured users that this feature will eventually come to their device and they just have to wait for it.

Hi Vishnu Kumar S V There are quite a number of similar posts on the forum about the new wallpaper options. You do not have to do anything to receive the options on your phone but you will need to wait for them to reach it. (Source)

Update 3 (June 28, 2023)

02:06 pm (IST): Here’s a potential workaround that might help you get Emoji and Cinematic Wallpaper features.

– Go to the wallpaper picker

– Click on your photos

– Select a photo

– On the next screen you will see the “3 stars” on the upper right. That’s your Cinematic Wallpaper butron.

– Like

– Click that, and wait. Takes some time. (Source)

Update 4 (July 13, 2023)

10:35 am (IST): According to reports (1,2,3,4,5) it appears that Google Pixel Cinematic Wallpaper Drop feature is missing even after the July or Android 14 beta 4 update.

Update 5 (August 7, 2023)

12:04 pm (IST): Even after a couple of updates, some users are reporting that the cinematic wallpaper is still not showing up for them.

Update 6 (September 21, 2023)

05:44 pm (IST): It’s disappointing that the cinematic wallpaper feature is still missing (1,2) from Android 14 QPR1 beta 1, especially since it is one of the most anticipated features.

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