PCWorld: How to back up your Google Photos library and keep your metadata. “Google Photos is one of the best ways to sync and store the picture you take on your phone, but getting them out of your library is another story—especially if you want to keep your metadata (date, time, caption, etc.). Since Photos no longer includes an option to sync with Google Drive, keeping a rolling backup of your photos is going to take some work. Here and your options are for creating a backup that keeps your photos and metadata intact.”
Google Blog: A redesigned Google Photos, built for your life’s memories. “Google Photos has become more than just an app to manage your photos, it’s become the home for your life’s memories. And that’s why today, we’re launching a redesigned Google Photos, focused on your memories, to help you find and relive your most treasured moments.”
Android Police: Google Photos subscription service for printed pictures is shutting down. “Google Photos has offered the ability to create and order photo books for years, but earlier this year, a new subscription option for photo prints was added. For $8 a month, ten of your best pictures from the previous month would be automatically selected, printed on cardstock, and mailed to you. However, after only four months, Google is ending the service.”
TechCrunch: All Facebook users can now access a tool to port data to Google Photos. “Facebook’s photo transfer tool is now available globally half a year on from an initial rollout in Europe, the company said today. The data portability feature enables users of the social network to directly port a copy of their photos to Google’s eponymous photo storage service via encrypted transfer, rather than needing to download and manually upload photos themselves — thereby reducing the hassle involved with switching to a rival service.”
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.
Google Blog: Now it’s easier to share everyday moments in Google Photos. “You’ve always been able to share individual photos through the app by creating an album for a single photo and sharing the link. But we’ve heard from some of you that this could be a simpler experience, so now when you share one-off photos and videos, you’ll have the option to add them to an ongoing, private conversation in the app. This gives you one place to find the moments you’ve shared with your friends and family and keep the conversation going.”
BetaNews: Facebook launches data portability tool to allow users to transfer photos and videos to Google Photos. “Embracing the notion of data portability, Facebook has launched a new tool that lets users transfer their photos and videos from Facebook to other online services.” Facebook is currently testing the tool in Ireland, with expectations to roll it out more widely in the first half of 2020. If this announcement reminds you of Facebook’s long-promised “clear history” tool — which as far as I can tell is still not available in the US — let me point you to an article I wrote last year on getting your photos out of Facebook and into Google Photos. It’s not polished and slick, but you can do it immediately, unlike this tool’s release date of — whenever.
Neowin: You can now manually tag faces in Google Photos. “Google has started rolling out the ability to manually tag faces in Google Photos. Manual tagging will make it easier to manage your photo library and sort them according to people.”
Slashgear: Google Photos markup editing tool appears for some users. “It seems Google plans to add yet another tool to Google Photos that’ll make it easier to get things done directly within the mobile app. Some users have spied the arrival of a new markup tool that enables users to draw and write on images without having to toggle to a different markup app, making it simple to scribble out content, highlight or circle objects of interest, and more.”