Alright guys, I LOVE looking through old photos, but if you’re anything like me your photos are spread between your smartphone, your camera, your computer, old hard drives, that old computer in the basement, etc. It’s easy to misplace large chunks of photos and difficult to find “that one pic from high school” when you want it.
Several times I have tried to make those “family yearbooks” that are crazy popular nowadays, but that’s not possible unless I actually have all of my pictures sorted and in one place.
Spoiler alert: the answer is Google Photos.
If you’ve never heard of Google photos, it’s connected to your gmail account. Just like Google drive. But for pictures. Unlimited pictures. (and video)
Step 1: Log in to (or create) a gmail account.
Step 2: Click on Google Photos
Step 3: Go to settings and select “High Quality – unlimited” (fyi, high quality is still a plenty good enough quality to print from. Haven’t tried it with a large 8×11 print yet, but everything else has looked pretty good.)
Step 4: Upload ALL your photos and videos. (Google photo will sort them by date, so you may want to check to make sure the files don’t think they are randomly from 1867. You can change the date after uploading, but it is more convenient to do before hand if you know how.) For pictures and videos on your smartphone, simply download and open up the Google photos app! It’ll automatically back up all the stuff on your phone! Plus, you can access your google photo library from your phone at any time!
Step 5: Enjoy! Besides having all your photos in order at your fingertips, Google photos also has some neat features: you can apply basic edits to your photos, sort them into albums, and (my favorite) check out the auto-made creations. When you upload photos, Google will auto-create animated gifs, movie montages, and digital storybooks that you can save and share! (all for free of course!)
Also, shared albums are great! You can share an album with a friend and set it so that they can add photos as well- this is great for trips. If you want to add their photos to your personal library, just click the cloud button on the top of the page! Since the photos are already on google photo, it syncs instantly.
So that’s all there is to it! If you have any questions or suggestions for my next post, just comment below!
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