Google Photos Basics

Organize, browse, and fall in love with all your mobile photos and videos easily from one convenient location using Google Photos!

Prerequisites: Familiar with installing apps on iOS device

Difficulty Level: Member • Nerd • Platypus

Estimated Time: varies

Expected Outcome: Install Google Photos, Sync Photos, Access photos anywhere, Free space

Tools Required: iOS device, Internet connection, Permission to install Apps, Google Account

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What is Google Photos?

Google Photos is a smarter home for all your photos and videos, made for the way you take photos today. Essentially the app acts as a hub for all of your mobile pictures and videos that can easily be accessed from almost any device. Once you snap a photo or a video on your iPhone or iPad, it's instantly uploaded to your Google Photos account, so there's no need to manually upload, select, and comb through individual photos in order to access them later, even on different devices.

With Google Photos, you get:

  • Free unlimited storage
  • The ability to free up space on your iPhone
  • Visual search
  • Automatically create movies, collages, .GIFs, and panoramas
  • Edit and transform your photos with a tap
  • Advanced stabilization which will turn your Live Photos into looping videos or GIFSSmart automatic albums
  • The ability to send photos in seconds
  • Collages and photos you took a year ago on this day to feel #nostalgic
  • The ability to view your photos and videos on your TV with Chromecast support

How does it work? Simply sign up for Google Photos with your selected Gmail email account, choose to sync your iPhone to your account, and start organizing instantly! You can back up photos anywhere, never run out of storage, use smart albums to document and keep track of all your memories and adventures, find your photos faster with a smart-tagging system, create fun animations, collages, movies, and so, so much more.

What is Assistant? Assistant is a feature on Google Photos that allows you to create albums, collages, animations, and movies. It will also automatically suggest and make different examples of collages, albums, and whatever else from your camera roll.

What about albums? Albums is a feature on Google Photos that allows you to sort your pictures into different categories like shares, people, places, things, videos, collages, animations, and movies. You also have the option to create your own album and add whatever images or videos you want into it.

How much does it cost? Google Photos is a completely free app to download, so it doesn't matter how many images you sync and upload!

What devices can I use Google Photos on? You can access your Google Photos account from a web browser or download the Desktop Uploader for Mac or Windows computers. It is also available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

How do I get Google Photos on my iPhone or iPad? You can download the app right here!