How to organize your Google Photos collection

Google Photos allows you to store lifetime memories, often without having to pay a single penny. But when you have thousands and thousands of images, appreciating them is not always easy.

Luckily, the photos are full of tools to help you organize your collection and make it more manageable, and most of them require little effort to embrace Take a mental snapshot of the following possibilities and be prepared to experience your memories of a completely new way.

Build albums

The most basic method to organize Google Photos is the good old photo album.

  • Select the images and videos you want to include. On the web, hold down the Shift key and click on each item you want; In the mobile application, hold your finger on a photo for a moment and then touch its additional elements.
  • Click or touch the plus icon in the upper right corner of the screen and select "Album." Then, if prompted, select "New album." (If you want to share the album, you can select "Shared Album" instead – if you're not sure, do not worry – any album can be shared later).
  • Name the album and click or touch the blue check mark to save it.

All the albums you create will appear in the "Albums" tab. If you want to add to an existing album, follow the same steps as above, just instead of creating a new album in the second step, search and select the album you want from the list.

Switch to auto-pilot

The problem with albums is that you should take the time to create them. But if all you need is an album that shows all your images of specific people or pets (yes, pets), the photos can compile it automatically:

  • Select the "Albums" tab
  • On the website, click in The blue "Create" option in the upper right corner of the screen. In the application, touch the "New album" option under the "Albums" header.
  • Click or tap the option to automatically add photos of people and pets, then select the faces you want to include.
  • Click or tap "Confirm"
  • Give your album a title, then click or tap the arrow in the corner of the screen to exit.

The photos will complete the Album for you and continue to add new relevant elements as they appear in your collection.

Favorite Games

An effective way to keep track of outstanding photos and videos, for future impressions, sharing or anything, is to take advantage of the built-in Favorites system of Photos and mark exceptional elements as you see them. :

  • Open any image or video in your collection.
  • Tap or click on the hollow star icon in the upper right corner.

All your favorite items will be grouped in the "Favorites" section at the top of the "Albums" page.

Search and sort

Whether you realize it or not, Google's artificial intelligence constantly organizes your collection by person, location and a variety of other qualities. To explore some of the most advanced ways that the service classifies your stuff for you:

  • Go to the "Albums" tab and look at the top row on the screen.
  • Select "People" (or "People and pets") to see their photos and videos broken down by the faces that appear on them.
  • Select "Places" to explore your collection based on where the items were captured.
  • Select "Things" to search by subject. In the images can be seen from selfies and screenshots to vacations, types of places (such as parks, zoos and beaches) and types of objects.

If you prefer, you can use the search bar to find matching photos. those terms or other similar terms that you want to find. You can even combine several terms together, such as "2013 concert", "wedding flowers", "Paris museum" or "blue shirt".

If only our brains had similar invocation powers.

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