Google Photos is one of the most useful app Google has announced in the recent time. It keeps getting better and better with every update. You get unlimited Google Photos backup space to upload all your photos. The photos do get compressed while uploading, but the quality loss is negligible.
If you are one who takes lots of pictures and has limited space on your phone, you should look for no other app but Google Photos. You will not only save precious space on your phone but will better manage your photos.
20 Google Photos Tricks To Better Manage Your Photos
1. Upload Quality
Google Photos backup space is unlimited. But this comes at a cost. Google reduces the size of your photos. Don’t worry. The reduction in size will not hamper your image quality thanks to Google’s clever image compression algorithms.
The resolution of the photos uploaded will not be affected if they fall under the 12MP limit set by Google which for most of the smartphone users won’t be a problem.
If you are someone who takes a lot of pictures with your professional camera and wants to retain the image quality, Google gives you an option to upload the original quality photo. To do that, go to Settings > Back up & sync > Upload Size and select Original from the pop-up screen. Do note that the Photos uploaded in original size will use your Google Drive space.
2. Group Similar Faces
Searching for a specific person’s photo from hundreds of people photos is difficult, Say no more! Google Photos ‘group similar faces’ feature makes it very quick and easy to find the right photo. Google automatically detects faces on all the photos you have uploaded and groups them. What amazes me is that it recognizes your old childhood photos also which a human might not. Once it has grouped all your photos, you can add labels to it. You can later enter the name of the person in the search field to display all their photos.
3. Label Your Pets
According to Google, people take more photos of a dog than any other animal. If you have more than one pet, you can label them by name and see all their photos in a single place. Once you have added the label, you no longer need to search ‘dog’ or ‘cat’ in the search field of Google Photos. You can enter the name of your pet in the search field and Google will show you their photos.
4. Free Up Device Storage
Want to automatically delete photos that are already backed up from phone storage? Free Up Device Storage is the feature to look out for. You can find this option by going in Settings and tapping on the second option from the top. Google photos sometimes show the same option on Photos page at the top when you have not freed up your space for a long time.
5. Shared Libraries (Partner Account)
If there are specific people you constantly share pictures with, Shared Libraries is the feature you should look for. What this does is allow you to share all your photos or photos of specific people automatically with the account you choose. You can even set a date from which it should start sharing so that people don’t get access to your old photos.
Google Photos is a home for all the photos you take. But what about those old printed photos that you have treasured? PhotoScan lets you save digital copies of those old printed photos. It a is a standalone app from Google Photos that scans your printed copies and create great looking photos in seconds. It automatically detects edges straightens the image, rotates it to the correct orientation, and removes glare. You can download the app and launch it from the Google Photos itself.
7. Automatic Device Folder Upload
If you enable backup in Google Photos, it will only backup photos taken by the camera app. The other folders are left untouched by default. If you want to include other device folders, you can do that by swiping right from the right edge or taping on the hamburger menu on the top and selecting Settings option. In Settings, tap on Back up & sync > Back up device folders and toggle on the folders that you want to include in the automatic backup.
8. Backup & Sync App For PC
We have our photos stored in different places such as a computer, phone, camera and various SD cards. It can be a challenge to keep all these things safe, backed up, and organized. Backup and Sync is an app for Mac and PC that backs up files and photos safely in Google Drive and Google Photos, so they’re no longer trapped on your computer and other devices. You can download the Backup and Sync app from here.
9. Backup Rules
By default, photos will be uploaded only when you are connected to a WiFi. If you want to change this and set upload on mobile data as well, go to Settings > Back up & sync > Cellular data back up and toggle on the Photos and Videos option according to your need. You can also find an option at the bottom to upload while on roaming.
10. Sharing Tab
You can find the sharing tab in the bottom right corner. It is this place where you can see your Google Photos sharing activity, including photos and videos sent to you and that you’ve sent to others. At the top, you’ll see your personal suggestions, based on your sharing habits and the people in the photos.
11. Sharing Photos With Non-Photos Users
Sharing your trip photos with your friends through email, and messenger can be hard. Not everyone uses the same messenger app, quality gets deteriorated, email has attachment limits. With Google Photos you pick the photos, tap ‘share’ and select the people you want to share with. If your friends are on Google Photos, they get a notification. If you share via messenger or email, they get a link to all the photos and videos.
12. Assistant Cards
Assistant Cards is the place where you get updates about what’s happening with your Google Photos library. You can access the Assistant menu by swiping right from the main gallery view. You get cards like the automatically created collage, rediscover this day, animations etc.
The archive works similar to archiving emails in Gmail. It lets you keep your main gallery view more organized by letting you remove photos that you don’t want to see but want to keep backed up. The archive photos will still show up in search and albums you have added them to. You can access the Archive folder swiping right from the right edge and tapping on Archive. To add photos to archive, select the photos that you want to add, tap on the three dots in the upper right corner and select Archive.
14. Search Like A Pro
The search feature on Google Photos is one its best feature. You can literally search on it just like you search on Google and it will show you the relevant result. You can search by name of people, places etc. It can recognize if your photo is a selfie, pet, a person or a screenshot. After Google Photos has grouped your pet photos, you can give it a name and search by its name in future.
15. Create Albums
When you add new photos to your account, Photos group them together and create an album for you. You can even create an album containing photos of your choice. To do that, select the photos from your gallery view, tap on the plus sign (+) on the top bar and select Album under create new option. You can even add photos to your existing albums by following the above steps and then selecting your existing album in the last step.
16. Create Animations/Movies
If you take a lot of burst shots, you can create an animation out of it using Google Photos. The animation is saved as GIF. To create an animation, select the burst shots you have taken, tap on the plus sign (+) at the top bar and then select ‘Animations’ from the create new options. The movie also works the same way, the only difference being the option to add various effects. The movie will be a slideshow of your all photos with a music.
17. Trash Folder
Have you ever deleted your precious photos by mistake only to find out they can be never restored again? With Google Photos, you can restore deleted photos. Once you delete a photo from Google Photos, it goes to the trash folder and stays there for 60 days. That’s enough time if you change your mind.
18. Edit Photos
Photos come with basic photo editing option. To edit a photo, tap on it and select the second option from the bottom left. After opening the edit option, you are greeted with various effects. The second option gives the option to change exposure, contrast, saturation, shadows etc. The third option lets you crop, rotate and straighten the image. But the best of all is the stabilize option for videos.
19. Download Entire Account Photos/ Specific Albums
If you have lots of photos uploaded to your account which you want to download, you cannot download them in batches. You will have to download all photos individually which can prove to be time-consuming.
The feature which I am going to list here is not a Google Photos specific feature but a common feature of all Google products. To download all your photos with a single click, go to Google Takeout and deselect all options except Google Photos. Now click on the downward facing arrow next to the Google Photos and click on ‘select photo albums’ if you want to download specific albums from your account and then click Next. On the next step, you can choose the file format (.zip or .tgz) in which you want to download the file. Also, you can select the max archive size and the delivery method. Once done, your archive will be created and sent to you by the delivery method chosen above.
20. Cross-Platform Support
You can not only access Google photos on your phone but also on your computer/ laptop. The web version of the Google Photos also has a similar interface to what you get on your phone. The web version also has all the features of the mobile version.
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