5 reasons you should be using Google Photos


There are many ways to manage your photos, but Google Photos rules them all

If this is your first time here, you might not know that we love Google Photos. Granted, it’s not perfect (what is?), but nothing else comes close to combining ease of use with powerful organizational tools. Here are 5 top reasons to start using Google Photos today.

1. Availability

Google Photos is free to use, all you need is a Google account (also free). Install the app on your iPhone (if you use an Android it should already be installed), allow it the permissions it needs, and it will handle just about everything else. All you have to do is take pictures.

2. Auto-curation

Google Photos stores all photos in one place, BUT, it groups them based on place, date, event, objects in the photos and people. Automatically.

Looking for pictures of your Uncle Steve? Search, select the people bar and find your him. Tap his picture, and Photos will show you all the pictures he’s in. Need to get more specific, say pictures of Uncle Steve at Christmastime? From that same view (the one that showed all the pictures of your uncle), type in Christmas, and it will filter those results. Photos will show you pictures based on who (like your uncle with Santa Claus), what (Steve in front of a Christmas tree), the place (Uncle Steve fishing at Christmas Reservoir) or the date (Steve at the family Christmas party on December 5th).

Again, all this is done automatically.

3. Easy sharing

You can easily select photos and share them with anyone whose email address you have. They can comment and add photos (if you allow them). It’s an easy way to collaborate and share photos.

4. PhotoScan

If you have old printed photos, Google PhotScan is a lifesaver. This is technically a companion app to Photos, but it is a great way to get print photos into this digital world. To read more about it, read this blog post.

5. Auto backup

You don’t want to lose your photos. When you use Google Photos, everything is stored on Google’s network. So you don’t need to worry about ever losing them (unless Google or the Internet cease to exist).

Once you’ve taken a photo and allowed Photos to back it up (which could take a few minutes connected to a wifi network), you can remove the photo from your phone and still view it over the Internet.

So why wait?

Start using Google Photos today to capture and keep all the memories you make. If you have questions, post in the comments section, or you can buy our book, “The Complete Guide to Google Photos.”