Google Photos is Google's best service - here's why you should be using it
There are moments in life when your phone's camera is crucial: your child's first steps, or their graduation from high school, for instance.
But your phone is likely full of stuff, and you could end up facing this obnoxious message:
There are few things as frustrating in our convenience-filled world as repeatedly running into your phone's storage limit. It means an action as simple as taking a photo is delayed while you free up space ... often by deleting old photos.
For most people hitting that storage limit, there's one culprit: photos.
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They take up a lot of space, and you take a lot of them - you might even be taking "HDR" photos (which are even larger files than standard photos). So, what do you do? You have two main options:
- Buy a phone with more internal storage, which costs more money.
- Regularly offload photos and delete them from your phone, which costs your time.
If you have a Google account — Gmail, for instance — you already have Google Photos.
But you're here to free up space on your phone, right? For that you're going to need the Google Photos app — it's available for free on both the iTunes App Store and Google Play:Advertisement
Now that you've got the app installed, what's so good about it? While there are many answers to that question, prime among them is Google Photos' "Back up & Sync" function.
Having uploaded your phone's entire photo library to your Google account, you can safely delete that library from local storage.Advertisement
Google Photos is remarkably flexible and customizable — you can bend it to your needs quite easily.
Aside from the immediate benefit of offloading the photo library from your phone, there are other major benefits to using Google Photos. Like categorization:Advertisement
Going a level deeper, Google Photos automatically categorizes your entire photo library for easy search. Wondering what you did in April 2016? Google Photos knows.
But what's even more impressive is how search works. What if I only want to see photos from the portion of my Peru trip that was spent in Cusco? Can do!Advertisement
And search gets even more intense in Google Photos: How about searching by faces?
There are a wide variety of search options in Google Photos, including "type," location, and by face.Advertisement
Best of all, this is entirely free — you can upload an unlimited number of photos (they're slightly compressed, but still very high quality).
Perhaps you're uncomfortable with uploading all your personal photos to your Google account? Make sure you have two-factor authentication switched on!Advertisement
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