10 Google Photos Features You Should Be Using


Google Photos is arguably the company’s best product. It’s packed with powerful, fun, and super convenient features to make your life easier. We’ll show you some of the best features of Google Photos for Android, iPhone, and the web.

Automatically share photos

Photo sharing is one of the biggest reasons to take photos, so why not make it as easy as possible? As part of its “partner sharing” features, Google Photos includes the ability to automatically share certain photos.

You can choose to automatically share anyone’s photos with someone else. For example, any photo you take of your child can be shared with your partner. Google Photos detects faces and does all the work for you.

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Adjust backup quality

Choose one of the quality options.

Google Photos is great for backing up photos, but you don’t have an unlimited amount of storage to use. An easy way to use less storage is to adjust the backup quality.

There are two download size options on most devices. “Original Quality” is the best quality you can use, while “Storage Saver” or “High Quality” compresses photos to 16MP and videos to 1080p. Choose the one that best suits your needs.

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Put sensitive photos in the locked folder

Then select "Move to locked folder."

It’s nice to have a camera with you at all times, but it also means that all your photos are with you at all times. There may be photos and videos that you would like to keep away from prying eyes. This is where the “locked folder” comes in.

The “Locked Folder” is simply a special folder in the Google Photos app on Android that is protected by your screen lock. Everything in the locked folder is hidden from the rest of the device and is not backed up to the cloud. The feature is also coming to iPhones, but it’s not yet available as of August 2022.

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Hide people from memories

Google Photos’ Memories feature resurfaces photos and videos from a year ago, two years ago, photos based on certain themes, and more. It’s a fun feature…until it’s not.

You can block specific people, pets, and even dates from appearing in your memories. It uses Google’s face detection features to find out which photos include the people or animals you no longer want to see.

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Automatically add photos to an album

Faucet "Select People & Pets."

Albums are clearly a big part of organizing photos, especially in Google Photos. It can be annoying to constantly add new photos and videos to your albums. Why not let Google do it?

“Live albums” are special albums related to Google’s face detection feature. You simply choose specific people and pets, then Google adds photos or videos of them to the album for you. Very easy.

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View your photos as a slideshow

Photo sharing is a great way to share your memories and experiences with others. Browsing through a large album can be tedious, which is why Google Photos has a slideshow feature.

The slideshow option is available in the Google Photos mobile apps and desktop website. You can start the slideshow just about anywhere: the main Camera Roll or a specific album. Sit back and enjoy!

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Return to the photos with “I’m lucky”


If you have a lot of photos in your Google Photos library, it’s easy to overlook some of the older stuff. A fun way to look back is to use the “I’m lucky” button. Yes, it’s not just for Google search.

Both the iPhone and Android apps have a “I’m lucky” button accessible through the home screen shortcut. It will surface photos and videos around a theme, such as “basketball” or a location.

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Download entire albums

Google Photos is one of the best cloud storage solutions for photos and videos. However, it’s not a good idea to have all your eggs in one basket. You should occasionally make local backups of your Google Photos albums.

The good news is that Google makes this very easy to do. Just go to Google Photos in a web browser, open an album, and select “Download All” from the menu. You will get a ZIP file with all content.

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Free up storage space

Select one of the categories under "Revise and delete."

As mentioned, Google Photos does not offer unlimited free storage. Adjusting the backup quality is a way to save storage space. Another way is to use the built-in storage management tool.

The storage management tool makes it easy to see which items are taking up the most space. It organizes your media by size, screenshots, blurry photos, etc. You don’t have to do as much work to comb through your photos to make room.

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Make scrapbooks and prints

Let’s talk about bringing these photos into the real world. You might think you need to download your photos and upload them to a printing service. In fact, everything can be done directly from Google Photos.

Google Photos has tools for creating scrapbooks, canvas prints, regular prints, and even a 10-photo monthly subscription. Your creations can be picked up at participating stores or sent directly to your home.

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Google Photos is a great product with some really amazing features. If you use Google Photos for any of your photo needs, be sure to make the most of it!


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