Tips and Tricks That Will Turn You Into a Google Photos Master
Google Photos is full of many useful features for us to enjoy and take advantage of, but you may not have time to explore them all or are afraid that you'll mess something up and not how to fix it. Don't worry, keep reading all you'll discover all the great features Google Photos has to offer so you can take full advantage of the app that's in most of the smartphones in the world.
How to Upload Picture to Google Photos
When it comes to adding your images to Google Photos, you have a few options to choose from. For example, you can either upload your photos by dragging them to the library from where you have on them or from the share button on any picture in your gallery.
Only Upload Your Picture While Charging
Not everyone has unlimited data, and if you have to use your data wisely and only upload when you're charging your phone at home, then you might want to head on over to Settings and only upload your photos while on WiFi. To set this up to go to Settings (the hamburger icon on the top left-hand corner) and select Settings all the way at the bottom. Now you need to select Backup and sync. Scroll all the way down again and select While charging only under the When to backup section.
Share Your Pictures with Others
Some like to keep their photos to themselves while others like it when others comment or even contribute with their images. Once you've added the image to your album, tap on the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner and select Sharing options. Toggle on the Share option that will allow anyone with the link to see the pictures you have added to the album.
Once you activate that option, Google Photos will create the link you can share with anyone and even provide you with a button so you can easily copy the link. You can also toggle on the option for others to add their images or even comment, you decide what you allow and don't allow.
How to Create Collages, Movies, and Animations in Google Photos
With all the apps and features you have at your disposal, you don't need to be a professional to create your very own Movie, not if you have Google Photos. By just tapping on Photos and the on the three vertical dots, you can easily create either a Movie, Animation or Collage. If you decide to make a movie, Google Photos will ask you to add up to 50 pictures of videos. When it says that you can create a movie, it means it! If you decide to create a collage, it will only ask you to choose two to nine picture or videos. The animation option lets you add between two to 50 videos or photos. You can also gain easy access to these features by tapping on the Assistant icon on the bottom left-hand corner.
Change your Google Photos Layout
If you don't like the way your pictures are laid out, you can easily change that by tapping on the three vertical dots and selecting Layout. Once you're there, you can choose to see your picture in Comfortable View, Day View or Year View. In Comfortable View, your pictures look bigger than before so you can see them better. In Month View, they are separated into the month the photo was taken, and in Year View, you can see all the pictures you took every year and in what month they were taken.
Decide What Folders Are Backed Up
In the main page if Google Photos, you can also choose what folders are backed and which one's are not. To select the folder that will get backed up go to Device Folders and towards the right, you're going to see a grey cloud with a line across it. That means that that folder is not being backed up. To activate it, just tap on the cloud, and it will turn blue with a white arrow pointing up.
How to Delete Pictures That Have Already Been Uploaded to Google Photos
Let's face it, I don't think there is one Android user out there that isn't always looking to save space on their device, and if that's your case, Google Photos offers you that option as well. By going back to Settings, tap on the Free up storage device option, which should be the third one from the top. Tap on it and the app is going to automatically look for the pictures it has already backed up and tells you how many they are. If you want to free up some space, tap on Remove and now you'll have more room for other things.
Now, you will be able to use Google Photos like a Pro and maybe even teach your family and friends a tip or two. Are there any tips that I missed? Let me know in the comments.
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I can never get enough of tech in general, whether it's Android or web apps, but helping others solve their tech problems also brings great satisfaction. I carry a device wherever I go and I'm always connected. Life without Internet just sounds too scary to me. :-).