Google Photos is an awesome photo backup application provided by Google Inc. It has a useful smart search that allows you to find any photo in your library without any major problem. Unfortunately, there are some issues that don't work as expected. But, all these issues are fixable.
The first issue is related to uploading speed. If you have a hundreds of photos to upload in your hard disk, then it will take time to upload them one by one. So, you can avoid waiting for a longer time by using "Google Photos Back" i.e. desktop uploader. You just need to download the desktop application from Google Photos website and sign in to your account. The application will prompt you with folders to backup and the resolution in which you want to upload the photos. If you choose to upload at full size, then it will take your Google Drive storage space. If you choose High Quality, then it will upload unlimited photos with free storage. High Quality is a great visual quality at reduced file size.
The second issue is with the way Google handled their unlimited storage feature. This means, it uploads with unlimited storage, but it is not retroactively applied. The photos that were previously uploaded at full resolution will continue to take up space in your Google Drive. If your storage space is full, then you need to upgrade your account. You can upgrade your free account to a paid monthly subscription plan for more storage space. It offers 100GB space for $2/month, 1TB space for $10/month and 10TB space for $100/month and this storage space is shared with other Google services.
When you search for photos in Google Photos, it relies on photo recognition as well as the location where the photo was taken along with the metadata of each photo. If you want the Search feature in Google Photos, then you need to turn ON location saving from the camera app. So you can search your photos including the location where you took them. eg. Vacation photos in New York.
Google Drive works with Google Photos, so you can view and manage your photos and videos in both Google Drive and Google Photos. The Google Photos services offers the option to sync the photos you backup into folder inside Google Drive. If you have installed Google Drive on your computer, you can get all your photos to be available from your desktop computer and photos will be synced seamlessly. But, this will take up your hard drive space, as the photos backed up into the cloud as well as take space on your computer. If you want to save space, you need to manually delete them or stop them from syncing. To stop photos from syncing, just turn Off the feature from the "General Settings located in the Google Drive desktop suite.
Google Photos allows you to quickly select and manage all your photos, delete photos, recover photos and much more. What if you deleted a lot of photos accidentally? Google Photos will keep your deleted photos for 60 days in the Trash bin. You can restore your deleted photos from Trash bin within 60 days.
Google Photos allows you to sort photos into folders, which depend on the application that created or downloaded them. It automatically backs up photos unless you directly set the application not to. It allows you to turn Off backup for individual folders, if you don't want your Google Photos library to be filled with screenshots. To do so, go to Device folders section and tap the Cloud icon located at the right of the folder's name.
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