Photos are memories and one should always have a backup of all important photos and videos to cherish the memories in future. When we talk about backing up the photos and videos, cloud storage is what first comes in our mind. Google Photos, launched back in May 2015 is one of the best-known cloud storage services. It automatically backs up all your photos and videos taken on your Windows PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac computers, provided you have an active internet connection and are connected with Google Photos. Unlike other photo storage services, Google Photos stores your photos and videos in full HD resolution without compressing them. In this post, we will share a step-by-step guide on how to use Google Photos on your Smartphone.
How to use Google Photos app
To use Google Photos, you first need to download and install the app on your Smartphone. There are both Android and iOS app available for download. There is also a web version of Google which can be used on Mac’s and PCs. Just after installing the app on your Smartphone or PC, you’ll see many photos and videos loading fast. These are all photos, videos and albums already stored in your device.
Google Photos automatically organizes all your photos and videos systematically, datewise, month wise and year wise. Just click on Photos at the bottom of your app screen and you can see all your photos and videos well categorized. There is also a search option at the bottom of the screen. Type anything related to the photo you want to search and Google Photos will help you finding it real fast. In Google Photos for PCs, the Search option is given on the top right corner.
Backup and Sync
Google Photos come with a ‘backup and sync‘ option and turning it ON will save all your photos and videos in the Google Photos library. Click on the menu icon on the upper left of the app, select Settings and select Back Up & Sync.
Every time you click a picture with your Smartphone, it will automatically get stored in the library. These photos and videos are stored privately and are not visible to anyone until you chose to share them. Any changes made in the photos stored in the library will reflect across all your devices synced with Google Photos.
While uploading all the clicked photos and videos may drain your mobile data, Google Photos also allows you to upload them only when connected to WiFi. To adjust the settings go the Settings > Backup and sync > Backup photos over WiFi only >and select Over Wi-Fi only. You can also select if you want to backup photos while you are on Roaming or while your device is connected to a charger.
TIP: Use Google Backup and Sync Tool to backup files & images to Google Photos & Google Drive.
Assistant Cards, the second option given under the settings helps you checking if your photos are backed up or not or to see what all effects are added to the photos. It also lets you clearing up space on your device.
Free Up Device Storage
You can delete the photos from your device once backed up on your Google Photos account. This will help you freeing your device storage. Go to Settings and click on Free Up Device Storage, delete the albums, videos you have already backed up.
Group Similar Faces
Turning this feature ON will automatically group your photos by matching the faces. Google uses its image-search technology to classify the subject of a photo and can thus categorize them well. This helps in easier management and also helps in finding the photos faster. The app actually makes a group for each face, thing or a place. You can label the groups according to your own preferences though. If the app makes two or more groups for the same person you can merge them easily or you can also remove any face group if you want. There is also an option of Hide or Show people, just select any group or people and hide it. Though face grouping is turned ON, by default in Google Photos, you can anytime turn it OFF from Settings.
Google Photos let you edit any of your photos in any of your devices. Any changes made to a photo will automatically be saved in all your devices connected with Google Photos. Select any photo and click on the Edit icon in the bottom. The edit feature comes with some basic tools like Crop, Rotate, Trim, Light/Darken, Pop and auto correct. It also offers 14 different effects for your photos which include Mars, Phobos, Deimos, Ceres, Juno, Saturn, Mimas, Rhea, Dione, Ariel, Triton, Venus, Pluto, and Eris.
Share your photo using Google Photos
Google Photos lets you share your photos, albums, or videos with anyone, even if they don’t use the Google Photos app.
To share a photo/video using Google Photos Mobile app
- Tap and hold an item (photo/video/album) to select it
- Click on the Share icon at the bottom.
- Select the service you want to share it on.
To Share a photo/album or video using Google Photos on computer
- Place your cursor over a photo or video.
- Click Share.
- Choose how you want to share:
-To a social network.
-Get link to send someone a link.
If you love clicking photos with your Smartphone, store and share them with your friends, Google Photos is a nice tool to try. Check out the new features in Google Photos.