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Adding Text to a photo in Google Photos
December 28, 2020
11:40 am
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Dick
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I would like to add text to photos in a shared album.  I found some info, but it seems to be only for Android.  (I only have an iPhone and a PC to access Google Photos.)

How to add text with a solid background to a photo using Google Photos – 610

Mark up tool ?? where’s the video?

December 28, 2020
2:43 pm
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Dick,

Here is the video 610: https://geeksontour.com/2020/0…..-on-photo/

But, as you mentioned these features are only available on Android. 

On your iPhone, you can use the Apple Photos: open photo, tap Edit in upper left, then 3-dots, then Markup, then +, then text

When you’ve typed what you want, you save the photo and Google Photos will see it.

On a computer, you need to download the photo, use a photo editor on your computer and re-upload.

Let me know which device you want to use – iphone, Mac or Windows and I’ll give you more detail.

December 28, 2020
4:46 pm
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Chris,

Thanks for confirming the text mark up feature of Google Photos only works on Android (I found the video 610.)  This seems like a pretty basic, desirable, and popular photo editing feature.  Why would Google build it in for Android and not the other platforms?

Seems I need to use an additional APP for editing on either my iPhone 10 or my Windows based PC.  The photo editor (Photos) built into the iPhone is not capable of adding text.  You referred to Apple Photos ??, this must be one of probably many photo editors.    On the iPhone, I have Adobe Photoshop Express, but haven’t worked with it.  Normally I don’t do much with photos, but a collaborative building project got me to set up a shared album in Google Photos.  I have your book and love Google Photos!

I’m part of a team working on the building project.  We meet via Zoom on a weekly basis and I’ve created the shared album to track our progress and illustrate issues.  Most of the team do not have Google accounts, or gmail.  None have Google Photos.  For the non g-mail members using the link, I believe they just have the ability to see the photos and down load…..correct?  Chapter 9 on sharing was not real clear on sharing capabilities for non Google Photos users.  Ability to search for a specific photo or topic would be great for my team’s non  Google Photos users.  Adding text would help as they page through photos.  Sure would be nice to use collaboration.  But, that would require all to be Google Photos users (guess that’s part of Google’s design).  It would seem we could find very useful addition of text to identify the photo (also providing another search criteria) and using comments/activity within the speech bubble.

So, what would you suggest i use to add text until Google builds an upgrade?

December 28, 2020
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The Apple Photos app  refer to is the photos app that is built in to every iPhone. So, that is what  I would recommend you use. I’ll make a video, but until then, here is the icon:

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