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Google Photos is ending free unlimited photo storage for non-Pixels

Google Photos is ending free unlimited photo storage for non-Pixels

One of Google Photos' biggest perks is being nerfed next year. Unlimited "high-quality" photo backup is going away for non-Pixel phones as of June 1st, 2021. Folks using Google Photos to back up photos on other phones will see all uploads after that date count against shared Google storage.

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The Google Recorder app could soon allow syncing with Drive

The Google Recorder app could soon allow syncing with Drive

Google Recorder is already a pretty neat solution to live transcribe your voice notes with near-perfect accuracy right on Pixel phones. The app picked up a ton of features earlier this week with its second big update, and it doesn’t look like Google is willing to stop there. A new teardown reveals an unannounced feature in Recorder that could let users automatically back up their recordings to Google Drive.

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How to back up your Android phone's data before a factory reset

How to back up your Android phone's data before a factory reset

While the cloud is handling more of our precious data than ever these days (at least for most of us), there are still things you keep on your individual devices that you probably want to make sure get saved somewhere. On Android, your local data like media files and contacts saved to your phone may require a little more active intervention to preserve before you do a factory reset. Here are some of the ways you can back up this data and ensure it makes it to your next phone.

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How to hack a GPS into your DSLR camera using Google Photos

How to hack a GPS into your DSLR camera using Google Photos

Most of us use our smartphones as our only cameras these days, but sometimes there's no replacement for a big tube full of optics and a viewfinder. And while modern mirrorless and DSLR cameras now frequently feature GPS, that wasn't the case until relatively recently, meaning that you may be taking photos without location metadata to preserve often crucial context. Thankfully, with a little help from Google Photos, you can effectively hack a GPS into your old camera just by making sure you've got a couple things set up right.

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Android's backup and restore features still haven't caught up to the iPhone

Android's backup and restore features still haven't caught up to the iPhone

Android’s built-in backup system has improved immensely over the years, but it still falls short in a number of key areas, leading to much frustration for users. Its shortcomings are even more apparent when compared with Apple’s iCloud backup for iPhones, which — while not perfect — is better at copying over app data so users don’t have to spend hours setting up a new phone.

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Dear Samsung, please let me exclude screenshots from Google Photos backups

Dear Samsung, please let me exclude screenshots from Google Photos backups

After years of using mostly stock-Android phones, I bought a Galaxy S10e for myself a few months ago, and I've used it almost every day since that point. While the software experience isn't perfect, Samsung does usually provide options to disable functionality I don't care for. However, there's one software quirk that can't easily be fixed: screenshots are constantly backed up to my Google Photos library.

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How to back up your SMS text messages on Android

How to back up your SMS text messages on Android

Much of the world has moved on from SMS, but it's still one of the most popular methods of sending messages in the US. It's an unfortunate requirement here for many, and it probably will be until RCS gets off the ground. And if you're the data-hoarding type, then you might want to keep those SMS messages around for later reference — either in cold storage or an easily accessed format.

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The best cheap summer backup phones: Relax with a phone you can afford to lose

The best cheap summer backup phones: Relax with a phone you can afford to lose

I love flagship phones, but I'm always a little concerned when I take one with me, say, kayaking, or to a concert. Summertime is full of such potentially phone-ruining events, so if you're worried about the safety of your thousand-dollar pocket computer, consider grabbing one of these cheapo alternatives as a backup.

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[Update: Live for some] Google Photos will finally tell you which photos weren't backed up, like the good ol' days

[Update: Live for some] Google Photos will finally tell you which photos weren't backed up, like the good ol' days

There was a point a year or more ago where Google Photos had a neat indicator on top of each media item that showed whether or not it was backed up. Thanks to it, you could always tell at a glance which photo or video had been uploaded and which ones were still pending. That indicator disappeared completely, but the Photos team has finally realized the extent of its mistake by removing it, so it's bringing the functionality back.

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