You can spend all the time in the world framing your shots, getting your lighting just right, and capturing the perfect moment — none of which does you much good if you can't find any of these awesome pics when you need them. That's why so many of us are enamored with Google Photos, and the powerful tools it offers to search through, browse, and organize your collection of thousands upon thousands of snapshots. Last month Google teased the arrival of a newly reorganized grid to improve discovery even more, and now we're starting to see pieces of it begin to arrive.
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Google Photos doesn't just give us a convenient way to store our pictures all in once place, but also provides some very helpful tools for browsing and organizing them. Memories is a great way to automatically curate your past, and Google continues to flesh it out with more and more collections. But not every image you snap is necessarily one you want to be revisiting all the time, and thankfully Photos is sympathetic to this. In this tutorial, we'll look at all the different ways — new and old — you can hide and disable pics from being highlighted in the Photos app.
Nostalgia can be a powerful marketing tool, and it looks like the folks behind Google Photos have caught onto this. Following some of the earlier customized collections of memories the app has been offering up for users, Google Photos is picking up a few new stories focusing on scenic sunsets and bar games: "The magic hour," "Let's play," and "What's cookin'?."
Ever since digital cameras ousted film cameras, photo albums have almost become a thing of the past. What was previously mandatory to view your shots is an often-forgotten option now. Google Photos, however, is trying to offer a similar experience digitally with Memories. The feature, which recently showed people a photo collection of kids playing out in the sun, is now picking up new stories — "Sand and sea" and "Tasty treats."
Google Photos is one of the most popular photo backup services out there. While free unlimited backup (ending soon) is probably the strongest pull, features like search and automatic albums definitely give it an edge over the others. Memories is another such blessing and it's found even more importance after last year's revamp that saw it being placed at the top of the app. The feature recently started focusing on your favorite people and things, and is now getting a new children-themed story titled "Out to play."
Earlier this year, Google gave Photos a fresh look that featured a new Memories tab at the top of the app. With the year coming to an end, that tab is now picking up a "Year in Review" story that will show you your 2020 in pictures, and even let you generate a photo book, if you so wish.
Every time I open the wallpaper picker on my phone, I wonder why it doesn't let me choose a local folder or a Google Photos album as a source of pics to cycle through on my homescreen. While that functionality has yet to be added, a new integration between Photos and Android's wallpapers is live now, but it only takes input from your Memories, leaving you at the mercy of Photos' AI algorithm and what it deemed worthy of being a "Memory."