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December 2023 News: Google Accounts being deleted, Google Photos Updates, Free A.I. Image Generator


  December 2023 / Issue 196  / Archives

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What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks

Home. Relaxed. We took advantage and went to our local venue, Parker Playhouse, to see live entertainment: Graham Nash at the beginning of the month, and the FabFour at the end. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.


You can see all classes from past months on our Classes page. If you’re interested in having us present to your group, contact us here. We presented one class in November:

  • Nov 16 2023 PCBUG presentation on Tips for Travelers with Google Maps and Google

We did 2 of our Sunday Live “What Does This Button Do?”
shows: and 1 “Fun with Photos”

In this newsletter:

As usual, we have an eclectic mix of smartphone and technology tips for
  • Is my Google Account in danger of being deleted
  • Google Photos: What’s New?
  • Free A.I. Image Generator built in to Google Slides

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What’s coming up – Our Calendar December and January

We have online classes. Chris has a great Podcast, Fun With
Photos! The videos will premier on Tech For Senior’s Mondays at Noon ET

View the Geeks' online Calendar

Let us know if you would like a Zoom presentation for your group.


  • “What Does This Button Do?” 2 pm ET Sunday Live on YouTube
    • December 10 Episode 267
    • Members Only Backstage Zoom after the shows
  • December 11 at 7 pm ET Google Photos Open Q&A
  • December 15 10am Deerfield Beach Computer Club
  • December 17  at 2 pm ET – Members Q&A Visit with the Geeks
  • December 3rd and 24th – Fun With Photos Podcast at 2pm ET
  •  Tech For Senior’s Selected Mondays at Noon ET “Fun With Photos”


  • “What Does This Button Do?” 2 pm ET Sunday Live on YouTube
    • January 21  Episode 268
    • Members Only Backstage Zoom after the shows
  • January 7th and 28th Fun With Photos Podcast at 2 pm ET
  •  Tech For Senior’s Selected Mondays at Noon ET “Fun With Photos”

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  1. Save a Copy vs. Save
  2. Blog Gmail Address issues
  3. Camera Photos Not Uploaded
  4. Specify Folders on Phone to Upload

Is my Google Account in Danger of Being Deleted?

You’ve probably seen the headlines about Google deleting accounts starting December 1. Some may think that if they have an old Google account, (I’ve had mine for 20 years) Google might just up and delete it. No. The key here is “Inactive.” That means you
have not signed in for over 2 years. …

Google Photos: What’s New

That is the topic for our YouTube show on Dec 10. If you use Google Photos, you will want to watch that show. You might also be asking if there is an update
to our Learn Google Photos book. We are hoping to send an updated book to print someday, but it just keeps changing too fast! We are making changes to the manuscript however and we’ve decided to give our premium members access to this ever-changing draft. If you are a premium member, you can access the “Updates in Process” version on our eBooks page.

Help with duplicates – new Stacks feature announced on November 15. You may not have it yet, it is ‘rolling out.’

Managing Duplicates Using Stacks in Google Photos.

Free A.I. Image Generator built in to Google Slides

Imagine my delight when, while using Google Slides, I clicked on Insert, Image, and one of my options was “Create image with Duet AI.” When I select that it opens up a right sidebar where I can type the description of the image I want.

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574.GP-Download from Google Photos to Computer

Google Photos job is to save all your photo and video memories in your Google account in the cloud. You might want a local copy of your best memories on a local computer or hard drive.
Learn how to do that with this Tutorial Video from Mrs. Geek. Note: This video neglects to mention that when you download photos from Google Photos you lose any metadata that was added in Google Photos. For example, if you added Descriptions to a photo in Google Photos, that description will not exist in the downloaded copy.

573.OT-How to Use the Show Notes from the Button Show

Premium Members benefits include extensive Show Notes of every “What Does This Button Do?” episode.

This tip shows you how to use the show notes to find answers to your questions about your Smartphone.
We teach about useful and fun apps like Google Photos and Maps.
Easily find just the information you’re looking for.
The Show Notes are downloadable and printable, too.

Chris Guld is a Google Photos Product Expert and has been teaching technology since 1983.

Geeks On Tour record a regular live YouTube class called “What Does This Button Do?” It’s an educational show about technology with an emphasis on photos and travel-related apps.

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541.SM-iPhone:Portrait Photos

Tutorial video number 541 by Geeks On Tour. This is a quick demo on how to take a Portrait style photo using an iPhone. Note, your phone must be a “Plus” model or an iPhone X
Portrait style means that the subject is in focus and the background is out of focus. The same effect that is produced by a DSLR camera using depth of field settings.

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