Wired: I Can’t Stop Escaping Into Google Photos’ Nostalgia Vortex . ” This spring, the coronavirus pandemic shut down college campuses and canceled gatherings across the country. For those of us so privileged that our only diagnosis is to stay home, long stretches of isolation and anxiety spirals still take a mental toll. The idea that there might be an escape hatch from the fear and grief many of us are feeling, however temporary, has never been more seductive. My own colleagues have found escapist respite in Animal Crossing and reality TV, ASMR and a Barbie Polaroid camera. On sleep-starved nights, I’ve tapped through each one of my apps, in search of solace within the safe perimeter of my phone screen. This was how I opened my long-dormant Google Photos app—and unleashed the most potent diversion of them all.”
The Verge: Facebook’s new tool makes it easy to transfer photos and videos to Google Photos. “Facebook is rolling out a new tool today allowing users in the US and Canada to transfer their photos and videos to Google Photos. The tool can be accessed by heading to your Facebook settings, then heading to the tab that reads ‘Your Facebook Information.’ There you’ll find the option to transfer your photos and videos. You’ll need to connect your Google account before you can transfer your files.”
Neowin: Google Photos gets minor new features, ‘premium editor’ feature spotted in teardown. “A new Google Photos app update is bringing a new look to the Memories feature in the app and a few new features for printing the pictures served in that section. Version 4.45 of the app is now rolling out to Android users, bringing some features that were spotted in an APK teardown of the app (via XDADevelopers).”
Digital Inspiration: How to Move your iCloud and Apple Photos to Google Photos. “If you would like to copy your photos from iCloud / Apple Photos to Google Photos, there are no browser plugins or software that can automate this – you’ll have to manually transfer the picture library from Apple to Google Photos. Luckily, that migration process isn’t difficult either.”
PC Magazine: Google Photos Tests Auto-Printing Subscription Service. “Everyone with Google Photos uses it for cloud storage, but the platform also serves as a tool for printing photographs individually or in a self-curated album. Now, the Mountain View-based company wants to try out an auto-printing subscription service.”
Fast Company: I’m a trans woman. Google Photos doesn’t know how to categorize me. “The world is full of traps like this for me, whether it’s the bouncer who looks at my driver’s license and demands a second ID before letting me into the bar, or the unchangeable email address that uses an old name. Trans people are constantly having to reckon with the fact that the world has no clear idea of who we are; either we’re the same as we used to be, and thus are called the wrong name or gender at every turn, or we’re different, a stranger to our friends and a threat to airport security. There’s no way to win.”
Tara Thueson: How I Organize My Photos Using Google Photos. “Sure, smartphones have given us the convenience of having a camera with us at all times but it’s also super inconvenient to have one zillion photos to sort through. We thought we had escaped the storage nightmare of shoeboxes that our mothers employed, but this may be worse IMO. While there are a TON of options out there, my favorite solution for storing, organizing, and sharing photos and videos is Google Photos.” Nice walkthroughs.