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How do I put photos texted to me in Google Photos albums or even in photos.
January 10, 2020
2:32 pm
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THOMAS J PARKS
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I would like to add photos texted to me into my Google Photos  photos section and then into Google Photos albums but I can’t seem to get them there.  They only appear in “messages”.   If  I click on a picture in Facebook I get the 3 dot option and then choose  Save Photo but nothing like this happens when I click on these photos in “messages”.

I would like to include them and will appreciate your suggestions.

Thank you.

January 11, 2020
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You’ve got the right idea. You need to find the way to save the photo from the text message to your phone. Try long-pressing on the photo and see if an option to save to device appears.

Let me know

January 12, 2020
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Tried the long press and it worked.  It gave three options  Copy  Save  and  More.  The Save option worked.  It put them right into my Google Photos and I am able to work with them there

Now there is one other type of picture I would like to be able to get into my Google Photos.  The type that often appears in facebook that has an arrow on it that leads to another picture which often also has an arrow on it which leads…….   Tried the long press on these and couldn’t save or get them to my Google Photos.

Thank you so much for the tip on saving the photos which were texted to me and hope you have a solution for my latest picture difficulty.in Google Photos.

January 13, 2020
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You might need to take a screenshot to get them.

Let me know if you need help with screenshots.

January 19, 2020
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Yes that would be very helpful.  I tried hitting the print screen key with the fn key and lost my internet, so would appreciate the right way to do it.

I would like to print screen on a windows 7 computer and on an ipad and on an iphone.  Can it be done on all of them?

Also should I worry about the windows 7 ?  I have a Dell 14 inch laptop that works very well.  What problem could come up?

If I change it to windows 10 what would be the best way to do it?

Thank you so much for all of the help you have given me.  It has been over 150 questions since I joined in 2012.  I really appreciate it!

January 25, 2020
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Here’s the place in a Button show where we show screenshots for iPhone and Android

The best way to get a screenshot on a Windows computer is with the snipping tool. Just click on the Windows/Start button in the lower left corner of your screen and type “snipping” you should see the tool come up on the list – click it to choose it. 

  • Open snipping tool
  • Click New
  • Drag rectangle around area to snip
  • Click Save to save it to your computer

Here’s a video I made just for you 🙂 

 
 
January 27, 2020
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Thank you so much.  I was able to work some of the tips, but need some help on others.

The Screenshot on the iphone works well and the pictures go into Google Photos.  At times there ares squares around some of the faces. How can I get rid of these?

Then there is a problem of pictures obtained by using the snipping tool not going into Google Photos.  They do go into the pictures library, but they seem to stay there in each computer.  How do I get them into Google Photos?

A similar problem started around January 20.  Pictures that I scanned only went to the picture library.  In fact one day the first two went into Google Photos and the next four did not.  They just stayed in the pictures library.  Fortunately I was able to get scanned pictures into Google Photos by using Google’s own iphone app Photo Scan.  Pictures scanned in this go into Google Photos.  The ones scanned on my Canon printer – scanner no longer do.

I really appreciate the wonderful help you give me and all of your members with questions.  Google seems to have made many changes in Google Photos.  I am looking forward to the next edition of your Google Photos book.  Will it be coming out soon?

January 29, 2020
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..squares around faces: hmm, I only see squares around faces after I’ve clicked the edit pencil on faces, so not sure why you’re seeing that. 

..pictures in the pictures library on your computer, how to get them to Google Photos: There’s an automatic way, and a manual way to upload photos from your computer to Google Photos.

  • Automatic: you need the Google Backup and Sync software. If you already have it installed, then click its icon in the lower right (cloud with up arrow) and choose the 3-dot menu and Preferences. Make sure your Pictures folder is included in the upload sources. Here’s a video: 500.GP-Install Backup and Sync for Windows
  • Manual: unless you have hundreds of photos on your computer that need to be uploaded to Google Photos, I recommend this manual method – it puts you in control. 
    Open photos.google.com and click the Upload button at top right
    Find the folder with your pictures and select the ones you want to upload and click Open
    Here’s a video: 475.GP-How to upload photos from hard drive

Next edition of my book on Google Photos – I’m aiming for mid March. Thanks for the nudge! It’s good to know that somebody wants it!

February 5, 2020
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From Thom via email:
Thank you for all of the great help.  You straightened out a lot of things for me.
First, about the squares on the faces.  They are similar to the ones you see when you are taking a picture on an iphone and they go on every face in the pictures.  Often ones I copied using the scanning tool.  Anyway to get rid of them?
The screen shots are working well with your instructions.  Never quite got that before.
I now have Google Back Up and Sync working on scanned pictures. They now go into both My Picture and Google Photos.  It seemed that got fouled up because there were too many pictures in the scanner.  I deleted all but the most recent and the scanned pictures go into Google Photos.  I also like the manual method using drag and drop and “upload”.
Thank you so much for making a video just for me.  Really appreciate being a member of Geeks on Tour.
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