Google Photos may seem to us like a simple image hosting service, but it’s actually quite powerful. Google Photos fills the gap between cloud storage, image hosting, and image sharing services, giving potent competition to Flickr, iCloud, Dropbox, and OneDrive.
You might know that Google Photos can back up photos from your Android or iOS device, and that you can access it from the web to view your library. You may even know that Google Photos provides free unlimited storage when you opt for their “high quality” setting (which means photos up to an adequate 16-megapixel limit and HD videos up to 1080p). Any higher than that, and it’ll count toward your Google Drive storage. Though most of the features and services bundled with this application have been discussed for a while, here are some beyond-the-basics tricks you may not know about:
Search for People, Locations, and Things
Google Photos will automatically sort your uploaded pictures by location and by date created. Using advanced image recognition and Google’s huge database of information, it can recognise the subject of your photos quite easily. Search your photos for anything: may it be a party you attended, pictures of your last vacation, pictures of your adorable pets, food you like, and much more. At the bottom right, tap/click the search icon and in the box type what you want to search for–like food, bikes, or your pet selfies and tap/click “Enter” or “Search.”
The Google Photos app uses some complex image processing techniques to bundle photos together. The auto-bundled photos are shown in the main search interface. The categories you’ll see here depends upon your types of pictures. These groups could be the places you visit, people you know, or objects such as food, cars, bikes, and more. At the top, you’ll see some Faces that Photos app has recognized in your uploaded pics.
Arrange Similar Faces Together and Name Them
Google Photos creates models of the faces in your photos in order to group similar faces together. In This way, you can search your photo library for photos of certain people (like “Mom” or “Ganesh”). Face groups and labels are private to your account, and won’t appear to anyone you share the photos with. To create a label for a face group, tap “Who is this?” located at the top of a face group. Enter a name or nickname . After you label a face group, you can search with that label using the search box.
Back Up Photos From Other Apps
Google Photos’ auto-backup is user-friendly, but by default, it only backs up photos taken with the default Camera app. If you want to also back up photos you took in Instagram, WhatsApp, Viber,etc. You just need to know where those apps store the photos clicked using them.
Open the Google Photos app on your Android phone, and tap on the hamburger menu icon in the top left corner. Select “Device Folders” from the menu that appears. You’ll see different folders having images from various apps like Facebook, Instagram, messaging apps, and Screenshots. Chose which folders to include or exclude from the backup system. If you don’t want to mess up your Google Photos storage with screenshots, for example, you can leave that folder un-selected. And if you want all those filtered Instagram images, tap the cloud icon and it’ll scan that folder in the future.
Pinch to Change View
You probably know you can pinch to zoom in and out of a picture, but there’s more added to it with Google Photos. By default, the app shows your images in a regular view with thumbnails arranged chronologically, but there are a number of other options such as monthly view and “comfortable” view, which makes the photos full-screen. You can move between the views simply by pinching in or out on your device’s screen. You can even pinch in on an image in a view to open it in as an individual image, and pinch out on a full-screen image to go back to the library. Swiping up or down on the full screen image will have the same effect.
Restore your deleted Photos
Let’s assume you got a little happy with the above gestures and features and accidentally deleted the wrong photos. Or perhaps you just changed your mind after deleting it. Google Photos will hold on to those images for at least 60 days in the trash. All you have to do is go to the trash folder, touch and hold the photo you want to restore, and tap the restore arrow in the top right-hand corner. You can also delete those images permanently from the trash: just mark those images you want to delete and select the delete icon again.
Note: If you delete a photo or video and it comes back (without restoring it), try using your device’s Gallery app to delete it. The photo or video you tried to delete might be on a removable memory card in your device.