Most people think of Google Photos like a dusty old album on the shelf. Taking pics at beaches hanging from a hammock. Every once in a while, you flip through those old snapshots with a friend. Remember that trip to the beach? That was so nice.
Like most Google services, Photos is overflowing with helpful features, which can manipulate, organize, and share your thousands of images. Most impressive of all, you can search through your photos in clever new ways, which shouldn’t be surprising, given Google’s search engine roots.
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If you’re not using Google Photos, there is one good reason to at least try it. How’d you like to have an unlimited backup of all your photos and videos? There is a catch. To qualify for the unlimited storage, your photos must be less than 16 megapixels. As far as videos go, Google downgrades any video shot above 1080p. Google offers pay plans that provide more storage space for higher quality files.
Here are 20 of the most exciting powers Google Photos users can wield.
Download all of your photos
Are you trying to consolidate your photos? You can upload them from your various devices to Google Photos. Then, use Google Takeout, a simple Photos plugin. Takeout lets you download all or some of your Google data. You can select just Photos and even choose exactly which albums to include in the download. Keep in mind this could be a very large download if you have a lot of photos stored. Learn more and get the download links.
Get the Google Photos iOS app
Google Photos isn’t just for Android. If you are running out of space on your iPhone or iPad, here’s a possible solution. Download the app for your iOS devices, and you can enjoy the same editing backup, archiving, search, and storage features on your iPad or iPhone.