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Google Photos offering free shipping on photo books through July 26

Google Photos is the most convenient digital means of storing and organizing your photos ever conceived by man, but there's just something about looking at printed pictures. Through July 26, Google is making it easier to wrap your grubby meat mitts around some physical memories by waiving shipping fees on its photo books and canvas prints.

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Google Photos finally lets you see your recently uploaded pics on Android

Google Photos' big redesign began rolling out about a week ago and with it came a new map view, a fresh fan-shaped icon, and a three-tab design. What we missed in that new UI was the addition of one feature we've been wanting to see on Android for a while now: the ability to see our most recently uploaded pics, even if they were taken years ago.

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Big Google Photos update rolling out with fresh three-tab design, mapping feature, and new icon (APK Download)

Google Photos is easily one of Google's most magical and indispensable services, and now it's getting a tasteful redesign. The app is getting a simpler three-tab interface, and the map view previously spotted in testing is now official. The new changes cover not just the app, but the familiar pinwheel icon, too, which is getting a simpler (and seemingly polarizing) look. The changes, which were officially announced last week on June 25, are now rolling out to users via a server-side switch. Every device and account we have, in multiple countries, already has the new interface.

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Google Photos will no longer back up images from WhatsApp, Messages, Kik, and other messaging apps by default

Google is disabling the Google Photos app's image and video backup for folders created by services like WhatsApp, Messages, and Kik. In essence, that means that by default, photos and videos from those services saved on your phone won't be backed up by Google Photos going forward. The change appears to be temporary, and Google hopes it will make a dent in internet resource utilization during the ongoing pandemic. If you prefer, you can easily revert the change manually to re-enable those backups at any time.

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Google Photos adds a mute toggle when watching videos

Google Photos is rolling out a small but useful change to its application, irrespective of its big UI overhaul that was announced last week. This slight improvement lets you quickly mute videos with an on-screen toggle without fiddling with your phone's main media volume level.

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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.

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Google is testing an 'Explore map' feature in Google Photos

Google Photos is already extremely good at searching through your old snapshots—you can search for objects, people, and even locations to find photos. Google is apparently testing a more visual way to find your photos based on location called "Explore map." a few lucky users already have it, and others have managed to get the map by poking at the APK.

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Facebook tool to export pictures to Google Photos now available worldwide

Late last year, Facebook announced a tool to let users easily migrate their uploaded photos to Google Photos. The tool was initially available in Ireland, with plans to expand to more countries in the first half of this year. The social network has made good on those plans by expanding the rollout to the US and Canada in April, and now reaching a global rollout today.

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Google Photos' new trash interface tells you when each image will be permanently deleted

Deleting images in Google Photos, be it on your phone or computer, doesn't permanently remove them. They're siloed into the trash and remain there for 60 days, giving you plenty of time to reconsider your decision and restore them. However, since trashed images are ordered by the date they were taken in, you couldn't easily guess when their timer would expire. Now, Google is making the deletion date clearer for each image, so you know when exactly it'll be gone for good.

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