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18 things you might not know Google Photos can do


Google Photos seems like a simple image hosting service, but it's actually pretty powerful. Google Photos bridges the gap between cloud storage, image hosting and image sharing services and gives Flickr, iCloud, Dropbox and OneDrive stiff competition.

You probably know that Google Photos can back up photos from your Android or iOS device that you can access on the web to view your library. In fact, you probably know that Google Photos gives you unlimited storage if you choose the High Quality setting (that is, photos with a maximum resolution of 16 megapixels and HD videos with a resolution of up to 1080p). If you enter a higher number, it will count towards your Google Drive storage. Although most of the features and services bundled with this application have been discussed for a while, here are some basic tricks that you may not yet know about.

Search for people, places and objects

Google Photos will automatically organize your uploaded images by location and date they were taken. With the help of the advanced image recognition and the extensive information database from Google, the subject of your photos can be easily recognized. Search your photos for anything: a wedding you attended last month, photos you took on vacation, photos of your pets, food, and more. Touch the search icon in the lower right corner and enter what you want to search in the field, e.g. B. groceries, cars or your pet. Then touch "Enter" or "Search".

The Google Photos app uses complex image processing techniques to group photos. The automatically grouped photos will be displayed in the main search interface. The categories you see here depend on what you are taking pictures of. These groups can be places you visit, people you know, or items like groceries, cars, bikes, and more. Above you can see several faces that the Photos app detected in your uploaded pictures.

Group similar faces and label them

Google Photos creates models of the faces in your photos to group similar faces together. This allows you to search your photo library for photos of specific people (for example, "Mom" or "Jenny"). Face groups and labels are private to your account and will not be seen by anyone you share the photos with. To create a label for a face group, tap Who is this? At the top of a face group. Enter a name or nickname (or choose from the suggestions). After you've named a face group, you can search by that name using the search box.

To change or remove the name of the label, tap the Options menu and select Edit or Remove Name Label.

If there is more than one face group for the sameperson, you can merge them. Label one of the face groups with a name, then label the other face group with the same name. When you confirm the second name, Google Photos will ask if you want to merge the face groups. Face grouping is enabled by default. However, you can stop grouping similar faces in Settings. Tap or click the hamburger menu in the top left. Turn off the switch next to “Group similar faces”. If you turn this setting off, all face groups in your account, the face models you created for those groups, and any labels you created will be deleted.

Change the backup and synchronization settings

Your photos and videos are backed up to a dedicated Google account. However, you can change the account to use, the photos to back up, and much more in the Google Photos settings. Tap the hamburger menu in the top left and choose Settings> Backup & Sync.

  • Active account: To change the Google account that you save your photos and videos to, touch the account name to change it.
  • Upload size: Here you can choose between two memory sizes "high quality" and "original". You can back up an unlimited number of photos and videos using the High Quality setting. This option is useful for people who don't care much about quality, but who are good enough for typical printing and sharing. With the setting "Original" you only get limited storage space (15 GB free storage space). However, if you value original quality and want to take photos with a DSLR camera, this is a great option. Tap "Upload Size" to change the quality settings. Just remember, if you change the settings to Original, you should have enough space in your account.
  • Back up photos Via WiFi or both: Choose whether you want to back up your photos only via WiFi or via WiFi and the cellular network. You can select "Back up all" if you want to back up your videos too. Keep in mind that uploading over your cellular network may use data or charge your cellular operator.
  • Only while charging: If you toggle this option, your photos and videos will only be uploaded when your device is connected to external power. So when you're on vacation, you don't have to worry about your device's battery life.

Delete photos after uploading

If you want to upload your photos to the cloud, why would you leave them on your phone? Google Photos can automatically remove pictures and videos from your phone after they are uploaded, avoiding redundant copies of the photo. Previously, this function was only activated if you set the app to save images in their full original resolution. This will cost you space on Google Drive. But now it is also available in "High Quality (Free Unlimited Storage)". The Google Photos assistant feature will ask you to delete pictures from your phone when it is running out of space. If you accept the prompt, it will tell you how much space you can free up if you delete pictures and videos on the device.

If backup and sync is always on, then you can also delete local copies of your photos and videos manually. Touch the hamburger menu in the upper left corner and select Settings. Touch Free Up Device Storage to remove original photos and videos that have already been backed up from your device.

Back up photos from other apps

The automatic backup of Google Photos comes in handy, by default, only photos taken with the standard camera app are backed up. If you also want to backup photos that you took on Instagram, WhatsApp, Viber, and other similar Android apps, then you can. You just need to know where these apps store the photos they take.

Open the Google Photos app on your Android phone; and tap the hamburger menu icon in the top left corner. From the menu that appears, choose Device Folder. You will notice different folders with pictures from different apps like Facebook, Instagram, messaging apps and screenshots. Select which folders to include or exclude from the backup process. For example, if you don't want to clutter your Google Photos storage with screenshots, you can leave this folder disabled. If you want all of those cute, filtered Instagram pics, tap the cloud icon and the folder will be scanned in the future.

Alternatively, go to Settings> Backup & Sync, touch Select a folder to back up ... and select the folders you want to back up. Note that this setting is only available on Android devices.

To change the view, press

You probably know you can pinch to zoom in and out of an image, but there's more to it than that with Google Photos. By default, the app shows your pictures in a daily view with chronologically arranged thumbnails. However, there are a number of other options too, such as the Month View and the Comfortable View, which displays the photos on the screen in full width. You can switch between the views by simply dragging in or out of the screen of your device. You can even click an image in a view to open it as a single image and click a full screen to return to the list of images. Swipe up or down on the full screen for the same effect.

Select multiple photos with a single tap

Imagine having to choose from 100 photos in your gallery and tap your screen a hundred times. Talk about chore! Fortunately, you can use Google Photos to select multiple photos at once. When viewing pictures in the Google Photos app, long press a photo to start selecting photos. Then, without lifting your finger, drag up, down, or to the side. This process allows you to quickly select a series of photos without moving your finger. You can do the same on the web by holding down the Shift key.

Recover photos

Let's say you have a small print happy with the iconabove gestures and accidentally deleted the wrong photos. Or, you just changed your mind after hitting the delete button. Google Photos will keep these images in the trash for at least 60 days. All you have to do is navigate to the trash, touch and hold the photo you want to restore and tap the recovery arrow in the top right corner. You can also permanently delete these pictures from the Recycle Bin: just highlight the pictures you want to remove and click the delete icon again.

Note: If you delete a photo or video and it seems to reappear (without restoring it), try deleting it using your device's Gallery app. The photo or video that you tried to delete might be on a removable memory card in your device.

Faster uploads with the desktop client

Google Photos automatically uploads photos from, however, it also has desktop uploaders for Windows and Mac OS X. You can also drag and drop folders from your desktop to and they will be uploaded instantly. This is useful when you upload a large number of photos and want a faster upload speed than your carrier offers. The desktop uploaders can also automatically upload photos from digital cameras and SD cards when you insert them. This is great when you're not taking photos on your phone.

View photos on a TV with a Chromecast

If you have a Chromecast, you can view your photos and videos on a big screen. Install the Chromecast app for Android or iOS and make sure your devices are on the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast. In the top right, tap the cast icon and select your Chromecast. Open a photo or video on your device and click the cast icon to view it on your TV. Swipe your finger over the photos and you will see the change happen on your TV too. If you're on a PC or Mac, you can also transfer photos and videos from the Chrome browser to your TV. Just install the Google Cast extension and follow the on-screen instructions.

Download all of your photos at once

Unlike Dropbox, Google Photos' desktop uploader, it is a one-way client. You can't download all of your photos right from there. If you want to download all of your media from Google's servers with the push of a button, you can do so using Google Takeout. Sign in to your Google account and go to the Google Takeout page. Choose Google Photos and choose the albums you want to download. Now you can download all media as a ZIP file without the hassle of selecting every single image in the Google Photo Gallery.

Make sure Google Drive and Photos are working together

Inter-app compatibility is a big problem when it comes to different cloud applications. However, Google Photos and Google Drive work perfectly in sync and Google Photos can even reside in your Google Drive root folder and function just like a normal Google Drive folder. To enable this feature in Drive, go to the Google Drive settings in a browser and check the box "Automatically save Google Photos in a folder in My Drive". Now all of your photos and videos are in your Drive in a folder called "Google Photos" that can be accessed from any platform.

If you have photos in Google Drive that you want, to view or edit with Google Photos, tap the hamburger menu and select “Show Google Drive photos and videos in your photo library”. Just keep in mind that if you edit photos in Google Photos, these changes will not be migrated to Google Drive. Even if your Google Account is managed by a company or school, you will not be able to enable this setting. An added benefit of using Google Drive with Photos is that you can share or insert photos into documents, sheets, and slides.

Send pictures and videos to Gmail and YouTube

By default, Google Photos isn't available through Gmail. However, once you've linked your photos to Google Drive as mentioned above, you can easily put all of your Google Photos into one email message. Just click the "Paste from Drive" option in Gmail and navigate to the "Google Photos" folder.

You can also do this with YouTube. Visit the YouTube upload page and import clips to your YouTube channel directly from Google Photos. There you can name, label, and approve them as needed.

Share photos and videos with others

With Google Photos, you can easily share a picture, album, movie and story with other users via a link, even if they are not using the Google Photos app. Open the Google Photos app and choose the photos you want to share. At the top right, tap the Share icon. Now you can decide how you want to share. You can either select an app or choose Get Link to send someone a link.

Anyone with the link can see the photos you selected, but you should periodically review them and delete those that are no longer needed. Touch the hamburger menu in the top left and select Shared Links. Touch the Options icon and select Delete Link. If the person you shared with the link has already downloaded or copied the link you sent, deleting the shared link won't delete any copies they made.

Sharing albums is now a lot easier with the Google Photos app too. Tap the "+" symbol in the top right. A screen will open from the bottom and tap on "Shared Album".

Select the photos and videos you want to include, and then tap Share. Get the link to your album and send it to your friends or family. You can also allow others to add photos to the album by turning on Collaborate. To do this, open the album you want to collaborate on. Touch or click Options in the upper right corner. Select "Sharing Options" and on the next screen, turn on the "Collaborate" option (if you don't see that option, turn on "Share Album" first).

Use the link that was created to share the album via email, WhatsApp or any messenger app of your choice. To see all of the albums you've shared, touch the hamburger menu and select Shared Albums. You may see profile pictures of people who have joined your album. You can't remove individual people, but you can stop everyone from adding their photos by turning off collaboration, or you can stop sharing altogether.

Hide where photos or videos were taken

The location data saved with your photos will help Google aggregate images, but you don't necessarily want to include that data when you share photos with others. Tap the hamburger menu on the left and select "Settings". In the Location pane, turn on Remove Geolocation, which allows you to remove geospatial information from photos and videos that you share through a link but not otherwise.

Use Google Photos while offline

You can still use the Google Photos app if you are not connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network. If you have "Backup and sync" turned on, photos and videos that you take offline are backed up as soon as you reconnect to a Wi-Fi network or cellular network. An upload icon will appear on photos and videos waiting to be backed up. If you haven't backed up your photos for days or weeks, the app will regularly notify you.

Create stories, animations and beautiful collages from your photos

The Stories feature of Google Photos creates a narrative album with a series of pictures in chronological order. However, stories can only be created in the mobile app. Open the Google Photos app and tap the create icon (+) in the top right corner. Select “Story” and you can choose the relevant photos, videos, captions and locations and change the cover photo. You can view the story later by opening Collections. You can delete a story at any time without deleting the photos in it. You can also create collages or animations with your photos. Repeat the above steps and select "Animation" or "Collage".

Edit photos on the go

With Google Photos, you can add filters, crop photos, and more on your mobile device. If you have "Back up and sync" turned on, your changes will be synced to your Google Photos library. Open the Google Photos app and touch the photo you want to edit. Click the "pencil" icon and you will see many options for enhancing your photo. You can adjust the color and exposure automatically, change the flash manually, adjust the color manually, or add effects. While editing, you can touch and hold the photo to compare your changes to the original.

When you're done editing the photo, tap the check box and choose Save. Your changes will appear on a new copy of the photo. Your original, unedited photo is also in your Google Photos library. If you don't like the changes you've made, you can delete the edited version. Your original photo is still in your Google Photos library (unless you delete it).

Google Photos is now the default photo app, most popular Android phones are far more than a regular gallery app. You no longer have to back up all of your photos to hard drives and CDs. Since Google Photos offers unlimited storage space, there is no reason not to back up your precious memories to the cloud and take advantage of Google's great sorting capabilities.

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