Google Photos has garnered over a billion users and several million monthly active users ever since its launch in 2015. Over time it has received several features that enhance the experience. While there could be more features coming this year, Google, for now has given some tips on how to make the most out of the app in 2018. These come directly from Google Photos’ software engineer, Daisy Lu.
The search giant talks about three of the most important topics – Suggested Sharing, Freeing up space and easy organising of thousands of photos.
Talking about the Suggested Sharing feature, Lu says that it makes sure those people who are in the image shot by you get them easily and quickly. All you have to do is to navigate to the “Sharing” tab and use the personal suggestion option. The tab shows and groups photos based on people inside it and the day when it was captured. You can review the album before sharing or simply skip to remove that album suggestion.
One of the most common issues faced by Google Photos users is that they find it difficult to make space in their devices after shooting heavy videos and several images. To solve this issue, they can simply go for the ‘Free up space’ option inside the app. Although they would need to make sure that the auto backup option is switched on. This feature removes all the images that are backed up on Google Photos, from the device’s camera roll.
Since users take thousands of photos and videos on their smartphones throughout the year, besides keeping the space free they would also need to keep them easily accessible. Using Google’s Search bar on top inside the app, users can simply search for a specific person and even their pets (dogs and cats among others), eliminating wasting time to scroll through the entire list to search for a single photo.
Google announced some major updates to its Photos app back in May during Google I/O 2017. We can expect more new features coming to the app this year. Most of them may be introduced in Google I/O 2018, which is scheduled to begin from May 8th.