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Traveling the country in an RV with her husband, Jim. We present seminars at RV rallies and computer clubs all over the country and run this website.

250. International Travel: Our Top Tips

  • 0:00 Begin
  • 1:29 Make a folder for your travel apps
  • 7:05 Introduction
  • 11:59 Using Google Flights to find best price by day
  • 15:59 Using Rome2Rio
  • 18:48 Using Tripit to organize your travel plans
  • 25:01 sound is lost
  • 27:56 sound comes back and details are repeated
  • 28:39 Forwarding a reservation from email to Tripit
  • 29:51 Sharing your travel photo album
  • 33:42 Jim talks about his GoPro and accessories
  • 36:33 How to keep travel ideas by saving in Google Maps
  • 39:17 Tripit results of forwarding email
  • 40:11 Packing light – Rick Steves carry-on and packing cubes
  • 44:21 Batteries, cables, adapters
  • 52:04 Ladies – pack a scarf
  • 53:04 Jim’s extension cord outlet (no surge protection)
  • 56:00 When expecting to be without internet, you can download movies in advance
  • 57:27 Mobile Passport Control to speed up customs re entry to the US
  • 1:00:58 HDMI for iPad/iPhone
  • 1:02:06 Review
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Confused About How Google Photos Syncs Your Edits and Deletions? You’re Not Alone.

Google Photos just changed some wording on it’s app for both iOS and Android. See the announcement here. Instead of Backup and Sync, it now just reads Backup. Wait. What? Does that mean it doesn’t sync anymore? No. According to the announcement, “There are no changes to how your photos and videos are stored in Google Photos, we are only simplifying the terminology.” And, as 9to5Google reports, “It’s interesting how ‘sync’ is considered a given with modern technology and cloud backups.”

“Syncing” may be considered a given, but the devil is in the details. When you delete the cloud copy of a photo, does it delete the original on the phone? When you edit a photo in the cloud, is that edit reflected in the device copy? Read on to learn the nitty gritty of how it works with Google Photos. If you’re lucky enough to have a Pixel phone, these issues do not appy to you. These issues only arise when you have a native photo or gallery app on your phone in addition to Google Photos. On Pixel (made by Google) phones, Google Photos is the only app for managing photos.

Does Google Photos Sync from the Cloud Down?

Let’s test this. You take a photo with your phone, the backup setting is on, and Google Photos uploads the photo to your Google Account in the cloud. You now have two copies of that photo, one on your phone (device, camera roll) and one in the cloud.

  • To see only the Google cloud copy: go to the web (preferably with a computer) and go to Photos.Google.com signed in with the same account as your phone. Here you are looking directly at the cloud, only photos that were successfully backed up will be showing here. You will need to refresh to see the latest changes.
  • To see only the device copy: use the “Native” app for photos that came with your phone. For example, on your iPhone, when you open the Apple Photos app, you will only see photos that are on your device, in the iPhone camera roll. You won’t see all the other photos that may be in your Google Photos cloud.
    "Native" photo apps for different phones

Here’s the test: Viewing the cloud copy, make some edits. Crop it, make it black and white, add a vignette, whatever. Now view the device copy using the Native photos app. Is it the edited version? Next try deleting a photo from the cloud, is it deleted on device?

  • Edit cloud copy, what are your results?
    • View using Google Photos app on phone: I see the edited version
    • View using Native app: I see the unedited version.
    • View again using Google Photos and tap “Review out-of-sync changes” Then tap the photo under “Edited” and “Apply Changes”, Modify. (if you don’t see “Review out-of-sync changes” right away, tap the account button, then “Review out-of-sync changes”
    • Now when I view using the native app, I see the edited version
  • Delete cloud copy, what are your results?
    • View using Google Photos app on phone: photo is gone
    • View using Native app: photo is still there
    • View again using Google Photos and tap “Review out-of-sync changes” Then tap the photo under “Deleted” and “Delete”. (if you don’t see “Review out-of-sync changes” right away, tap the account button, then “Review out-of-sync changes”
    • Now when I view using the native app, the photo is gone

Does Google Photos Sync from the Device Up?

If something changes about a photo on your device, without using Google Photos to make the change, will Google Photos see it and upload that change to the cloud? This time I want you to view your device-only copy of a photo by using the Native App. On an iPhone, use the Apple Photos to edit and delete a photo. On android, use the Gallery app.

  • Edit device copy (using the native app), what are your results?
    • View using Google Photos app on phone: I see the edited version AND the original
    • View using Native app: I see just the edited version.
    • View using Google Photos on the web (Photos.Google.com – remember to refresh) : I see 2 copies, the original and the edited version
  • Delete device copy (using native app), what are your results?
    • View using Google Photos app on phone: photo is still there, NOT deleted
    • View using Native app: photo is gone
    • View using Google Photos on the web (Photos.Google.com – remember to refresh) : photo is still there
Important Note about deleting device copy: if you delete a photo using the native app, what if that photo has not yet been backed up by Google Photos? You will then be deleting your only copy. Don’t use the native app! Google Photos does have a command to delete the device copy while leaving the Google Photos copy in tact. See #s 4 and 5 below.
The most important thing is to have a separate backup, on your computer’s hard drive, or in another cloud storage service like OneDrive or DropBox.

What’s it all mean?

If you use Google Photos for all your photo tasks, you’re golden. It’s when you sometimes use the native app, and sometimes use Google Photos that things get messed up. So, don’t do that!

Different goals:

  1. You want to edit photos sometimes on your phone, sometimes on the web, and know that those edits are reflected everywhere in Google Photos.
    As long as you use the Google Photos app on your phone, and the Photos.Google.com web interface then that is exactly what will happen.
    OR
  2. You want to edit photos on the web and know that the original on your phone is also edited. You’ll need one more step: open the Google Photos app on your screen and tap “Review out-of-sync changes” and tap “Change All” under Edited.
  3. You want to delete photos from your device and have them also be deleted from the Google cloud. As long as you use the Google Photos app and tap the trashcan, that’s exactly what will happen.
    OR
  4. You want to delete photos from your device and not from the cloud. Use the Google Photos app, select the photo(s) to delete and then the “Delete from Device” command.
    OR
  5. You want to delete all device copies of your photos to free up space on your phone. Use the Google Photos app on your phone, tap the account button (top right) and then tap where it says, “999 items to delete from this device.” On an iPhone, you’ll also need to delete the contents of the “Recently Deleted” album before the space is freed up.
    OR
  6. You want to delete photos from the cloud while leaving them on your device. Use the web interface to delete the photos, then ignore the “Review out-of-sync changes message in the Google Photos app.

Lesson Learned

If you’re befuddled by all of this, the main lesson is to not assume that your expectations are correct when it comes to syncing or not – check it out. The second lesson is to pick one photo management app and stick with it, there’s a lot to learn. If you’re going to use Google Photos, we think it should be your primary photo app. Do not use the Apple Photos or Android Gallery app that came with your phone.

As with everything in technology, YMMV (your mileage may vary.) Leave a comment below if you have further questions. If you want to learn more about Backup vs Sync, here’s another article: Backup or Sync? What’s the Difference?


About the author

Chris Guld is President and Teacher-in-Chief at GeeksOnTour.com. She has been teaching technology since 1983. She is currently a Platinum Level Google Photos Product Expert and the author of Learn Google Photos.

The best way to share photos – with a link

Sharing photos with a link

Recently we did our show on the multitude of ways to share photos using Google Photos. See Episode 247 here. This article is to reiterate that the best way to share is by using a link. There are 3 benefits to sharing with a link:
  • Anyone with the link can view the photo(s)
  • It doesn’t take up any space, it’s just a link
  • If you share an album, and they ‘join’ the album, they’ll see future additions

Share one photo with a link

On Computer/Web: Open the photo you want to share and click the Share button. Find the “Create Link” button and click that. Copy the resulting link, and paste it wherever you want. In an email, a Facebook post, a text message, etc. When your friends see the link, they can click on it and see the photo. Like this: https://photos.app.goo.gl/76xiyHARwLNpxNMN9
On iPhone: Open the photo you want to share and click the share button (square with up arrow) Next tap the ‘Share To:” link and scroll down to find Create link. Follow the prompts to Create link and it is copied. Now go to where you want to share it and paste. If you don’t know how
to copy/paste on a phone, check out the video at the end of this message.

Share an Album with a Link

If you have an album of photos and you’d like to share them all, it’s easy with a link.
On Computer/Web or Mobile
  • Open the album
    and tap the share icon – you should see it just above the top of the album
  • Now find the “Create Link” button. On iOS you’ll find it under “Share To:”
  • Once you’ve copied the link, you can paste it anywhere your friends will find it. They don’t need to use Google Photos, they don’t even need to have a Google account. Anyone who clicks that link, will see the
    photos in the album.
  • IF they do use Google Photos, they can “Join” the album. That means that they will be notified any time you add new photos to that album.
  • Here’s a sample album about scuba diving. All you have to do is click the link to see it: https://photos.app.goo.gl/7AKacWFZVtqzSYpy9

To learn more, make sure to review Episode 247: Sharing with Google Photos

Memories are improved with sharing!
Jim and Chris, aka Geeks on Tour

How to copy and paste on a mobile deviced

APCUG – A Potpourri of Google Photos Tips and Tricks

1/25/23 – A Potpourri of Google Photos Tips & Tricks with Chris & Jim. Including Recent Improvements for faster and easier searching with Google Photos; Advanced photo searching techniques, including smarter naming of photo albums; How to share your album or a single photo with relatives and friends; Using motion photos (Android) and Live photos (iPhone): These are handy tools to ensure everyone in a group photo has their eyes open; Using motion photos (Android) and Live photos (iPhone)—handy tools to ensure everyone in a group photo has their eyes open; Background blurring; Face unblurring after the picture is taken, Color focus and the Smart Object Eraser.

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249. How to copy photos from phone to computer

Below are detailed Show notes for members only

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Google Photos Live Q&A 1-8-23

  • 0:00 Welcome and Introduction
  • 4:20 Demo of Vignette
  • 8:45 Diving with Hammerhead sharks – wha?!
  • 11:16 How to deliver a 2 hour Google Photos class (Episode 191 and December 8 class: Do more with Google Photos
  • 13:34 If you delete from Google Drive, does it delete from Google Photos
  • 16:57 When you take a photo using texts, how do you get it in Google Photos?
  • 19:42 Can I do “color pop” on a computer?
  • 21:16 How to share the memory highlights?
  • 23:49 How to manage Google Photos storage
  • 30:02 What do the circular icons mean?
  • 31:22 Google Photos freezes?
  • 32:28 How to transfer photos from Google Photos to an external hard drive
  • 36:57 How to get a photo attached to an email to go to iCloud
  • 41:41 How to edit a Live Photo to make it still
  • 44:21 How do I share an HEIC photo in jpeg format
  • 48:09 Sharing a link to an album
  • 50:23 Uploading photos while traveling (see episode 233)
  • 52:20 Who owns the photos in Google Photos
  • 54:48 How to attach a large photo to email
  • 1:00:45 How to scan a QR code when I’m using my phone to watch the video ?

January 2023 News: Vignette, YouTube 'chapters', Calendar reminders, Still shot from video and more…

  January 2023 / Issue 185  / Archives
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What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks

Sun sets on 2022

As the sun sets on 2022 – we wish everyone a healthy, happy
2023

December
The photo above comes from our last scuba trip of the year. (Do you like the way the edges are darkened? That’s called “Vignette” and you can do it easily with the Google Photos – see the how-to below.)
Friends from the UK joined us and we visited Bimini in the Bahamas and went
diving with Neil Watson Scuba Center . They are known for their special excursion, diving with Hammerhead Sharks. The Hammerheads did not disappoint. Check out those teeth!

Sharks are magnificent animals who deserve protection. Also in this picture is “Joker,” a tiger shark and a nurse shark. Yes, they were close enough to touch!

Classes 

You can see all
classes from past months on our Classes page. We presented 2 classes during December:

We did 2 of our Sunday Live “What Does This Button Do?” shows:

In this newsletter:

As usual, we have an eclectic mix of smartphone and technology tips for you.
  • How to add a vignette to a photo
  • How to capture a still shot from a video
  • How to set multiple reminders for an event on your calendar
  • How to watch just the parts you want with YouTube chapters
  • Blast from the past 2005: WiFi and Frequency Interference
  • Thank you to our premium members for supporting us and making this newsletter possible! If you learn something from us, and you’re not a member, consider joining us now.

What’s coming up – Our Calendar January and February

January is Mr. Geek’s birthday month. Celebrate with us!

January

  • Jan 8 2pm Eastern: Google Photos Live Q&A
  • “What Does This
    Button Do?”Jan 15 2pm Eastern: Episode 249  How to transfer photos from your phone to a computer
  • Backstage Pass after every live Button Show for Premium Members only
  • Jan 16 7pm ET Valencia Reserve Photo/Computer Club Presentation Rescheduled to March 20

February

  • “What Does This Button Do?”
  • Feb 5: Episode 250
  • Rest of February and part of March we will be in Indonesia

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How to set multiple reminders for a calendar event
Have you ever created an event on your calendar then missed it anyway? I have several online events
that are on my calendar, they even give me a one hour reminder notification, and I still miss it because I started doing something else and completely forgot at the one hour mark.
This article shows you how you can set multiple reminders using Google Calendar (or Apple’s iCalendar.
We think you should do this for our next Live Show Episode 249, because it’s about transferring photos from your phone to your computer and we don’t want you to miss it on Jan 15 at 2pm
Eastern.
You can have your calendar remind you of this by email or notifications, one day before, one hour
before, and even 5 minutes before. Read the article to find out how.
Happy New Year! May you never miss an appointment in
2023.

How to watch just the parts you want with YouTube “Chapters”

Have you noticed the chapters in YouTube videos? They allow the viewer to know what topics are included in a given video and to jump straight to the parts
they’re interested in. This article shows you how to use the Chapters to watch just the parts you want. It also shows you how to create those chapters for your own videos on YouTube.


Blast from past 2005: The early days of Wi-Fi

When we were brand new fulltime RVers, we worked for a company called Coach Connect who installed Wi-Fi in RV parks. We work-camped at a park in Arizona called Palm Creek and helped the RVers use the Wi-Fi system. We actually made house-calls! err RV-calls. Here’s an article from our personal blog about when Chris filled in doing Jim’s rounds: “Chris the Magic Techie

And, here’s an article from 2010 about how hotspots’ radio frequency interference prevented Steve Jobs from doing his demo when the iPhone 4 was announced. In 2005 while managing a busy hotspot at an RV rally, we learned firsthand about that interference. Maybe we could have helped Steve Jobs?!

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How to set multiple reminders for an event on your calendar

Have you ever created an event on your calendar then missed it anyway? I have several online events that are on my calendar, they even give me a one hour reminder notification, and I still miss it because I started doing something else and completely missed one hour mark.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get an additional reminder at 10 or even 5 minutes before the event? Yes, you can! You can try it now with this important event you don’t want to miss! Our next Live Show – What Does This Button Do? Episode 249 is scheduled for Jan 15, 2023 at 2pm Eastern time. Our topic will be How to transfer photos from your phone to your computer.

Using Google Calendar

Open Google Calendar, either on computer at Calendar.google.com or the app on your phone. Click the + and choose Event, then fill out the

  • Date = Jan 15, 2023
  • Time = 2pm – making sure to specify the Time Zone of Eastern (New York) For more information about the time zone settings, see this video:
    697.OT-Google Calendar and Time Zones
  • Location: https://youtu.be/uJRZ2wfPpdo (or just YouTube.com@geeksontour
  • Description: How to transfer photos from phone to computer

Setting multiple notifications

When you see the section for Notification, there may be a default notification for 1 hour already added – if not go ahead and add it yourself, then you can “Add another notification for 5 or 10 minutes. You can even add a “Custom notification” via email 1 day before. There doesn’t seem to be any limit to how many reminders you can add to an event using Google Calendar.

Your screen should look something like this:

After clicking “Add Notification” you should see “5 minutes before, 10 minutes before, 30 minutes before and Custom. Just tap the ones you want.

On iPhone’s – Apple iCalendar: it’s called “Alert” rather than notification, and you can only have 2. We recommend using Google Calendar, even on your iPhone.

See you on the 15th!

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