How to Use Google Photo:

Have you been looking for a way to manage all of your photos that you have taken with your phone or digital camera, the ones on your PC? Well if you have then may I suggest using Google Photos Desktop App.How to use Google photo I have been playing around with this for the last couple of weeks, and have found it to be an awesome way of managing my photos.

With Google Photo, you not only get your photos backed up to a secure cloud storage, you also get the ability to have them synced across all of your devices, including your PC, and you can share any of them to anybody that you want to, whether or not they have a Google account.

And let’s not forget some of the features you get, like quickly selecting multiple photos and creating an album of your choosing. For instance you want to make an album of your pets, you just type in dogs or cats into the search bar and Google will do its thing, recognizing the photos of your pets. Now how neat is that? 🙂 So if you want to know more about Google Photo then continue reading where I will go over some of it’s features.

What you may want to know about Google Photos:

First off you will have peace of mind knowing that your photos are safe and sound, should something happen to one of your device (lost, stolen, or damaged) they will be stored on Google’s cloud storage for easy retrieval.

And you are going to be able to have them synced across all of your devices with unlimited storage space for your photos, and should you wish to share any of them, no problem, Google will give you a link to the photos you choose to share, and then you share that link with anyone you want to. You will have totally control of your photos and they are totally private from anyone else.

When it comes to backing up your photos you will get two options to use in backing them up; one is the high quality which caps the photo size to 16 megapixels and your videos to 1080p in size along with unlimited storage space.How to use Google photo

So if you have photos or videos that are larger than that, and you want to keep them at their original size you can select the Original size option and Google will save them.

But you won’t get the free unlimited storage space, Google is going to take it out of the 15GB of free storage that they offer to everyone that has an account with them. You can still get them backed up to the unlimited plan if you don’t mind them being downsized to the 16 megapixel size.

Google will Compress your Photos:

All of your photos are going to be compressed, even if they might be lower than 16 megapixel but not to worry, Google’s compression algorithms is the top of the line, they are just removing unneeded data that won’t affect the quality of the photos, at least not to the average users eye, Google is always putting forth quality and speed with everything it does. You can check out the comparison between original and compressed photos and video’s yourself by clicking here.

Is Google Photo part of Google+?

You might have heard about Google Photos being part of Google+ in the past, but that is no longer the case, it is now a separate entity.

This is a good thing because when it was a part of Google+ you were required to have the app downloaded to your device, from there, you would have to visit Google+ in order to view your photos using their library, and you kept your fingers crossed that they were still private.

With it being a separate entity your files are more secure and you have better control over them.

Will it work on iPhones?

Yes you can use it on your iPhones, I did some research and found out that a lot of people have switch over to Google Photo from the Apples app that comes with the phones, where as Apple doesn’t have free unlimited backup for its user, it could get costly if you have thousands of photos that you would like backed up.

How to use Google photoNow there is some limitation to the app, that is, that it does not have true background syncing, but hey once you get all your photos backed up to Google Photo your set to go.

When Google finishes uploading all of your photos, it is going to start tagging and organizing them, so for instance if you want all of your dogs photos to put together in an album you enter that into the search bar and bam, Google will collect them all for you.

Google will scan your Photos:

After Google finishes scanning your photos, you will be able to search for them by date, object, or even location, like we went to Hawaii last year and so I typed in Hawaii into the search bar and it pulled all of them up, and even told me what island we were on, yea Google is that smart, maybe a little to smart sometimes. LOL, I even tried entering ”Yard” into the search, and sure enough if brought up all the pictures that I took in my yard, and anyone else’s yard that I had. LOL

You can now download any or all of the photos taken from your phones onto your PC from Google Photos, which will give you another backup of them. (In my book you can never have enough backups of your data, click here to learn more) Or if you have your pc synced with Google Drive, Google will have your back on making a folder in your picture library, labeled Google Photos backup.

So where do we start?

Well the obvious place to start is going to be downloading Google Photo app to your PC, and other devices. Here is the link to GooglePhotos Desktop App, once you’re there, follow the instruction on downloading and setting up your devices. You will need to sign into your Google account, How to use Google photoand if you don’t have one, well, now is as good a time as any to get one, just click here and sign up. And yes it’s free, but you are paying for it by allowing Google to use your personal data (no, not your SSN, or anything that personable).

After you have log into your Google account you can choose the folders that you want Google to automatically backup for you, you will see options for;

  • Cameras & Storage Cards: So anywhere on your PC that you put your cameras media card photos, will be found and uploaded.
  • Desktop: Here it will upload any pictures that are displayed on your desktop screen.
  • My Pictures: All of your photos found in your Picture Library.How to use google photo

They will all be checked, but of course you can uncheck any that you don’t want and you can add any other folder that you keep pictures for Google to backup. When you’re ready click on start backup, and away you go.

Will Google find my Camera?

Now if Google finds an external drive like a USB Flash drive that has photos on it, Google will give you three options to choose from on backing them up. They are, Never, Just once, or Always,  and you can change these at a later time if you change your mind. Also if you have your camera attached to your PC, Google will find it and ask you to click on one of the same options as above.

Now that you have your photos uploaded to Google Photo go ahead and visit your GooglePhotos page and play around with all the features to get a feel of what you can do with your pictures, like make an album. Animations, collages, and even share any of them with whomever you want.

So what do you say? You want to give it a try,How to use Google photo I promise you won’t be disappointed that you did, and you will have a backup of your photos that you can access from any of your devices.

Be sure to share this with your friends and family that would benefit from having their photos backed up to a secure place.

And by all means, should you have any questions about GooglePhoto, please leave them in the comment section below, and I will be more than happy to answer them for you by the following day.

Thank you for stopping by,

Kim Shurtliff

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  1. Amanda

    How does this work? Will my photos be uploaded to Google for everyone to see or just me? I’m not very tech savvy but I would like to organise my photos better, especially because I have just started a travel blog and will be taking lots of pictures. At the moment, they are in no order and I would like to be able to find images better. I like the sound of this app.

    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hello Amanda, and thank you for stopping by, your photos are loaded up to your own personal cloud storage provided by Google and are only visible to you. Unless you choose to share certain ones, and those will only be visible to the person of your choice.

      Now when it comes to organizing your photos, once they are uploaded to your storage space you can organize them by date, location, faces, and so forth. From there you can make an album, animation, or even a collage of your photos, and then from there you can download those files to your PC to any file of your choosing. Just use the search bar at the top and enter what you are looking for, and then click on the photos you want to save to your file.

      I hope this has helped, and have a wonderful day computing. If you have any more questions, please ask away.


  2. Evan

    great post!

    I have been looking for a good way to manage all of my photos on my computer and I think this just might be it!

    That’s so awesome that it has unlimited storage space because I have so many photos and I want to keep them in the same place forever.

    I think I am going to start compressing my photos, I always thought that it would ruin the quality, but it looks like I was wrong.

    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hey there Evan, I really think you will enjoy this app, you can now have all your photos backed up to a secure place all for the price of Free. And don’t forget you can access them from any device you have, and no worry’s about running out of storage space.

      It is real simple to set up and will run in the back ground backing up any new photos you have added to any of your devices. It is next to impossible to tell the difference in the quality of the photos after compression, and if you do notice you can always choose the high quality upload at any time without losing any photos.

      So yea, it won’t be a waste of your time in trying it out, have a great day with managing your photos.


  3. Brendo

    Excellent recommendation. I will definitely be downloading this.

    Google strikes again. I really think they do the best apps, they are always so straightforward but soon become essential

    Is there a version of the app for my phone that will do the same thing and automatically transfer any photos I have taken on my phone to a cloud so I dont have to keep them stored?

    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hi Brendo, It is nice to know your photos are being backed up, and the best thing is that you can download the app from Google Play for your phone or any other device such as an iPad.

      You can also have them all synced together which is nice because you won’t be without your photos no matter where you are. Hope you enjoy the app as much as I have.


  4. rebecca cosmidou

    Hi, Kim!
    Very interesting article about how to use google photo! I think is great to use google cloud and to keep your photos safe as well! I did know that google photo is a separated from google plus. Thanks for the information! I just wanted to make clear something! Me that i have a google account i am supposed to get the free unlimited storage space or there is something else i have to do?
    Best wishes,

    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hi Rebecca, if you have a Google account all you have to do is go to Google Photos and download the app for desktop or mobile, and then in settings check the High quality free unlimited storage box. Once that is done you’re all set, Google will do it’s magic in the background and keep all your Photos backed up.

      I hope this has helped you, let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.

      Best wishes, and have a great day!


  5. Michelle

    Oh my, I have never heard of Google Photo – I must be living under a rock! LOL. Great article, Kim. You just gave me a Google Photo Lesson 101. I am surely going to check this out and see if it could be something for me. I love the fact that there is cloud storage and that it can be sync ed between devices.
    Thanks so much.

    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hey there Michelle, always a pleasure to see you! Google Photo is one of my most favorite places to store my photos. It’s just so versable where you can take a photo on your phone and it is automatically uploaded to the cloud. And from there no matter what device you’re on you will have access to those photos without taking up storage space. And all of the pictures you have downloaded onto your computer, they are also available on any device.
      I’m glad you found this to be of great value,


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