Google Photos: tricks to get the most out of managing your photos
We bring you a collection of tricks for Google Photos , the application to store photos in the Google cloud that also serves both to view and manage the ones you have on your mobile locally. Google pampers this application a lot, offering from an assistant to facilitate tasks to an AI to recognize who or what is in the photos. For this reason, today we are going to bring you all kinds of tips and tricks so that you can get the most out of it, from the simplest tasks to small hidden options that can make your life in the photographic cloud a little easier.
Navigate quickly between your photos
Google Photos organizes the photos you upload chronologically, which means that to navigate through them you only have to scroll until you reach the specific date you’re looking for. However, this can get quite tedious if you have hundreds and hundreds of photos uploaded, so it might help to know that there is a faster way to scroll through them. When you browse through the photos, if there are many, you will see that a button appears on the right side of the screen to scroll. Hold down that button on the right side and slide it to move faster through your photos. So that you don’t get lost, when you do this the application will show you the dates next to the button.
Pinch the screen to change the display
Another good way to navigate through your photos faster is to change the way the app shows them to you. By default, Google Photos shows you four images across the width of the screen, but this is something you can change as if you were zooming in the app just by doing the pinch gesture on the screen . Explore these visualizations at your leisure to see the photos in the way that is most comfortable for you.
- Pinch in to zoom out, making photo thumbnails smaller
- Pinch out to zoom in.
Quickly select multiple photos
A little trick to select several photos at once quickly. Hold your finger down on a photo until you select it, and then slide your finger to automatically select the rest of the photos you pass through. When you lift your finger you will choose the last selected photo, and all will be marked from the first to the last.
Automatically remove geopositioning from photos
If you’re sharing a photo and you’re concerned about your privacy, the app also has an option that lets you set Google Photos to automatically remove geopositioning metadata from your photos when you share them with a link. It is an option that you only have to activate or deactivate to apply it to all photos.
- Swipe the screen from the left end to the center to display the options menu.
- Click on the Settingsoption
- Turn the Remove geolocationoption on or off
Search for photos using Google AI
Google implements facial recognition algorithms in its photo application, and you can use them to search for photos. For example, you can search for terms like cat or bridge , and Google Photos will analyze the photos you’ve uploaded and be able to identify the search and show you the cat or bridge photos you’ve uploaded in your results. The funniest thing is that you can also search through the emojis on the keyboard . If you put an emoji with glasses, photos of people with glasses that you have uploaded will appear, and if you put an emoji of an animal, then Google Photos will search for that animal among your photos.
Remember where, how and when you took each photograph
When you are viewing a photo, swipe up to open a screen with all the data that is in the EXIF of the photo. You will see a panel that shows the date it was taken, its resolution and weight, the megapixels it has, the camera it was taken with, and the shooting data. Even further down, a map will appear in which the exact point where you took the photo is marked , although this already depends on the information registered by the mobile or the camera with which you took it, and if it had geolocation activated.
Add descriptions to your photos to find them
One of the parameters used by the Google Photos search engine are the descriptions that are in the images. Therefore, you can add descriptions to specific photos so that you can quickly find them later by searching for the terms you used in these descriptions. It can be useful for those photos that you know that sooner or later you will want to revisit
To add descriptions you have to do the following:
- Click on a photo to view it in full screen.
- Click on the information icon that will appear at the bottom of the photo.
- Tap the Add a descriptionfield that appears at the top.
- Write the description you want on the photo to find it more easily later.