Internet users are not at a loss for services that automatically backup photos and access them on any device. There are Dropbox, OneDrive, Amazon Photos and iCloud to get started. However, Google Photos has grown rapidly since its launch in 2015.
Google Photos provides a truly unlimited backup of all your photos (and videos). Every single one. For free. The caveat: Images must be less than 16 megapixels to fit unlimited storage. You can upload larger images, but Google will quickly convert them to 16 megapixels (and lower your video through 1080p with your permission). Since even the iPhone with the highest power amp has a 12 megapixel camera today, most of the time no quality is lost.
When you upload full-size images and quality images, they are matched online for free with the 15 GB you have made available to them. Storage on Google shared with Gmail, Google Drive, and other Google services.
Google Photos was created by rescuing the best part of Google+'s social network that nobody wanted to use – saving and sharing photos. Google Photos also replaced our previous Editors' Choice photo software, Picasa, the desktop program that Google purchased in 2004. You can continue to use the Picasa desktop software, but no update is provided. It's time to let it go.
To be honest, you will not miss it if you want to leave desktop programs behind. Google Photos was designed from the beginning for use on mobile devices through apps (iOS and Android) and the Web. For iOS users, even Live Photos are supported.
And did we mention the unlimited space? As long as Google does not pull out Flickr and does not keep that promise, Google Photos is the best place to store, edit, optimize, and share a huge amount of photos online. In addition, sometimes new features are added. Keep reading for all the little tricks that will help you make the most of your pictures on Google Photos.