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Google Photos Resource Page

Second Edition: Mrs. Geek's Guide to Google Photos

Second Edition: Mrs. Geek’s Guide to Google Photos

This page is intended as a supplement to Mrs. Geek’s Guide to Google Photos, it includes both free content and premium. It is also a gathering place for links to everything we know about Google Photos!

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There are two Review quizzes in the book, Here they are in interactive format, with answers:

Review Chapters 1-5

Review Chapters 6-10

Google Photos Updates

This list includes both official announcements of new features as well as things I happen to notice with the dates I noticed them.

10/17/19: Android only: Crop document, automatically crop and adjust perspective on photos of documents - e.g. business cards, receipts, or full pages.

10/15/19: Pixel 4 announced at "Made by Google Event" No more free original quality backup for Pixel.
Pixel 1 = free Original uploads forever
Pixel 2 & 3 = free Original uploads until 2020/2021...?
Pixel 4 = none

10/5/19: Search - auto-suggestions no longer limited to 10. This means that you can search for a word and - before enter - you will see all possible albums with that word.

10/5/19: Motion/Live photos - pick the best frame. Android only, (but it works on live photos taken with iPhone) you can open a live/motion photo, tap the 3-dot menu and choose "Select Shots." Now you see a strip of image frames along the bottom where you can slide your finger to the best one and then tap Save a Copy in the upper right.

10/5/19: Android only - New feature on Google Photos menu is "Photo Frames" It allows you to select which albums to display on Chromecast or Google Home hub screens. What you used to need the Home app - ambient mode for, you can now do straight from Google. If you don't know what we mean by displaying photos on Chromecast, see Episode 108 of our Button Show.

9/13/19: Relive past memories with new story-like feature in Google Photos. These are temporary stories compiled from your older photos. You can specify people or dates not to show. Rolling out to iOS and then Android.

9/12/19: Get prints made of any photos using Walmart or CVS. Announcement here. Available immediately in Assistant, Print Store

9/12/19: Google One members get original quality photo backup and the ability to restore to your phone.

9/?/19: Location info now shows just above each day's photos. New location info showing in library

8/25/19: Search by text in photo. Not official yet.

7/30/19: iOS version - swipe up for options which used to be on 3-dot menu. For example, Add to Album, Archive, Save to device, Open in Snapseed, Save as PDF(?)

7/24/19: Gallery Go: a light photo app for use by people whose phones do not have reliable internet connection. Works on device only - no cloud access. Should not be considered by current Google Photos users.

7/10/19: Dark mode on Android. Turn on night mode in Display settings. Requires Android version 9 or higher

6/20/19: Added ability to search for "Recently Added" to see photos sorted by date uploaded rather than date taken.

6/12/19: Google Drive<->Google Photos automatic sync will stop working. See official post: Changing how Google Drive and Google Photos work together. And, my article:  Questions about Google Drive breaking up with Google Photos And, Michael Daniels YouTube show when I was a guest and discussed this news.

3/20/19: Android - Express backup now on menu. Will be able to backup over slow internet connection at reduced quality. (I still don't see it?) Only shows up where applicable.

3/15/19: iOS-Google Photos library is now integrated with Siri Shortcuts. Go to your device settings to set Siri Shortcuts to work with Google Photos, so you can simply ask Siri to "view latest photo."

3/8/19: Shared Libraries is now shown in the Sharing section on all platforms (iOS, Android, Web) rather than on the menu. (see p. 105 in book)

12/19/18: Photo albums can now hold up to 20,000 photos. See Android Police article

12/11/18: Unsupported videos: web version - settings, Unsupported videos listed and may take up space.

12/6/18: Express Backup - In addition to Original, and High Quality, there is now a size choice for Express Backup

11/20/18: Depth Editor and Color pop now available for iOS. See How to use Depth Editor and Color Pop in Google Photos

10/10/18: Read announcement here.

  • Live Albums - A special kind of album where you specify certain people and any pictures of those people or pets will be added to the album automatically.
  • Top Shot on Pixel 3: Take a motion picture with a Pixel 3 phone, and Google Photos will pick the best frame to be your still.
  • Depth Editor: you can adjust the amount of blur/focus on portrait photos. Only available on Pixel 2, Pixel 3, and a few other Android phones that take portrait/depth photos.
  • Color Pop: only available on portrait/depth type of photos. It leaves the main subject in color and the blurry background turns to black and white.

9/15/18: You can now add up to 10,000 photos or videos to a private album.

  • In a shared album, each person can add up to 10,000 photos or videos until the album reaches 20,000 total.
  • In large albums, some features may not be available
  • Mrs. Geek's note: it's still best to keep your albums under 500 photos. They get too confusing, unwieldy, and some features may not work in the bigger albums. The purpose of albums is to segment your photos/highlight your best. 10,000 photos is not a segment!

9/1/18: Photo Books can now have captions with the photos. See this demo in episode 151.

8/5/18: Problem with Snapseed not opening from iOS Google Photos menu. Reported in this thread.

All Google Photos Tutorial Videos

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Google Photos

All Tutorial Videos

All Google Photos Articles by Mrs. Geek

What Does This Button Do shows about Google Photos

Useful Links

View past creations that you may have dismissed: link

Google Photos Web upload bug - forum post
Google Drive related to Google Photos, my explanation to a forum post
Embed a Google Photos album in a web page with this widget
Finding Picasa installation file on the web, GeeksOnTour members copy
Upload methods - Picasa Resources
Activity Log - for viewing messages when you send photos
To view your Google Account Storage and what files are using it up
To view your photos in Recently Added sort order instead of Date Taken
Troubleshooter for Why do I see stranger's photos?
View photos from Google Drive
How to Find and Search for Photos
Tips for removing duplicates
Detailed 3d party article on Backup and Sync
Google Drive help incl Contact Us
Discussion on Workaround for iCloud Photo Library and Google Photos to co-exist on iPhone
For geotagging photos after the fact: GeoSetter. per TC Alex
Discussion on Backup and Sync, backing up thumbnails on Mac (a real mess)
Clear cache on Android
Uploading photos - includes problems with Backup and Sync
Picasa - what retirement means
UNdelete photos/files on Android with Dr.Phone

Videos in the book

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Useful articles and discussions on the official Google Help Forum

Google Backup and Sync, Google Drive and Google Photos