Google Photos is a powerful app. It solves a good number of pesky issues users are known to frustrate over. Surprisingly, very few people know about the app. When in fact, if you’re a casual shutterbug, Google Photos could be your new best friend. It will save your photos in the cloud, automatically sort your photos into folders, and more!

Here’s how you can take advantage of the app.

Backup your photos in the Cloud

Need more space for your photos? Google Photos’ infamous backup feature makes storing photos easy. What’s more, there are a ton of robust features, including an extensive set of privacy and photo-sharing settings, making photo management efficient and secure.

Manage your photos

Google Photos is able to sort your files automatically via folders, collages, and more. If you’re switching between different phones, Google Photos is perfect as it stores your phone in the cloud. Your photos will be stored in one place regardless if you’re an iPhone or an Android user.

Editing photos

Editing tools come with Google Photos out of the box. They won’t replace your go-to editing software (say, VSCO and Snapseed?), but they are robust enough and will allow for minor edits.

Just on the off-chance that you haven’t set up Google Photos on your phone yet, here’s a quick and dirty tutorial.

Step by step instructions for setting up Google Photos

  1. Open Google Photos.
  2. Sign in to your Google account.
  3. Choose desired quality setting.
  4. Wait for your Photos to sync, and get started!

Step by step instructions for choosing device folders

  1. Open Google Photos
  2. Tap the overflow icon that looks like 3 lines in the upper left corner of your screen
  3. Tap the gear icon to open Settings
  4. Tap the first option, Back up and sync
  5. Tap Back up device folders
  6. Tap the toggle to choose which folders are backed up to Google Photos

Step by step instructions for choosing image upgrade quality

When setting up your Google Photos account, you also have a choice in your image upload quality. There are two options open to you, high quality, or original quality. Choosing high quality will score you unlimited storage, with photos stored at 16MP and videos stored at 1080p. Choosing original quality will count against your Google account storage, but all photos and videos are stored at the quality you shot them — including RAW files. This especially handy if you’re shooting in resolutions higher than 16MP, or in RAW.

It’s also worth noting that Pixel users get free storage of all photos and videos in original quality, without it counting against your Google account storage.

Choose your image quality while setting up Google Photos

  1. Open Google Photos.
  2. Follow the directions to set up an account.
  3. When the Back up and sync page appears tap on change settings.
  4. Choose between original and high quality for your uploads.

Change your image quality in the settings

  1. Open Google Photos.
  2. Tap on the overflow icon that looks like 3 horizontal lines in the upper left corner.
  3. Tap on Settings

  4. Tap on Back up and sync.
  5. Tap on Upload size.
  6. Choose your image quality to upload.


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