Google Photos is a rather new photo gallery from Google, made for the way you take photos today. Your photos and videos will be automatically backed up and organized, so you can find and share them faster — and never run out of space on your phone.
Google Photos gives users free, unlimited storage for photos up to 16 megapixels and videos up to 1080p resolution. The service automatically analyzes photos, identifying various visual features and subjects. Users can search for anything in photos, with the service returning results from three major categories: People, Places, and Things. Google Photos recognizes faces, grouping similar ones together; geographic landmarks (such as the Eiffel Tower); and subject matter, including birthdays, buildings, animals, food, and more.
Not only is Google Photos free to use, but it allows you to access photos across a wide range of devices, not just Apple ones. Moving all your photos from your smartphone to Google Photos will also free up space on your device, letting you reserve iCloud for your contacts and other information. Google Photos can also be used through iMessage, making it nearly identical to the Apple version.
Once you’ve backed up your first round of photos, you can change the settings in the app to determine how often or under what circumstances you want the app to continue backing up your photos. By default, the app is automatically set up to backup your photos over Wi-Fi, but you can change it to use cellular data as well. Once you’ve uploaded your photos, you can access them in your favorite browser or using the app on another device.
But this is just the beginning. Google photos can also be installed on your PC. This allows you to backup your entire photo and video database stored on your computer's hard drive. Remember, this is unlimited photo and video storage for free. When your backup is complete, you'll be able to login on any device and view your entire collection of photos and videos.
Google photos also has editing tools and filters so you can modify your pictures. If you want, you can share an entire album with anybody you know and still keep your database private. One of my favorite features is the ability to wirelessly display your pictures and videos to your television.
As long as you have a smartphone, tablet, or computer you can cast Google Photos to a smart TV. If you don't have a smart TV you can run to Walmart and buy a Chromecast device. Chromecast is a very small device that plugs into the back of your TV essentially turning your ordinary TV into a smart TV.
Having all of your photos and videos in one place without taking up additional space is great, but not having to pay any charges makes it even better. These are the reasons Google Photos is my favorite app. It's compatible with all models of iPhones, Android phones and all personal computers.
Ed Alderman is the owner of Computer Tutor in Freeport.