i never write reviews but this was the saving grace for me so i had to. my iphone storage was literally overflowing and nothing was usable on my phone. i went to 3 different tech guys. 2 said they didn’t know what to do, and the other said upload your photos to icloud.. well long story short.. my 13k pics somehow made my macbook crash 3 times!!! and don’t even get me started on my windows and chromebook computer.... l a g g y let me tell u that. so after all that happened i was out of options. i thought of using the google photos app again but it offloaded and i forgot about it, but i deleted a lot of other apps that i had offloaded before bc i can always redownload them when i have storage again. i thought using this app was so much easier AND IT IS. your photos back up automatically!! literally so easy and so much more effort than these 84916 ways to download ur pics to icloud which don’t even work... i was struggling to do that and i feel like i’m not the worst tech person so i really feel bad for those who have no expirence with tech at all. but this app has so many features and you can really tell they tried their hardest with the effort and detail within this app. all these other photo apps are hard to use and it has little to no details... so if your thinking about a new way to free up storage fast DOWNLOAD THIS APP!! and it’s so easy too. the app has an option for you to delete photos from your camera roll as soon as they are safely backed up and that is a a LIFESAVER. bc no one wants to wait like 8 hours for them all to backup and not be able to delete the pics until you are down with the downloading. this app has truly been a saving grace for me
I drank the google kool-aid early on. Once I realized the connection between google photos and street view, or images in general, I realized the google tagging made some location easily identified. I learned this because of a scanned photo with no meta tags of my father and me in Trier, Germany. Sure - many people would have recognized the Porta Nigra in the background but I didn’t recall it. I learned it was in Trier because of Google’s automated location tagging. So... nifty, huh? It’s a technology that should be a little more clearly presented FOR CERTAIN. Regardless, i like it a lot. But I certainly understand the expectation to be explicitly asked in order to rightfully give permission for third party use.
All that said - I realize the G-account agreement covers all these points and so there’s likely no legal recourse but that’s not what I’m seeking. I think the right thing to do is make this connection crystal clear when within the google photos environment. I’d sign up, provided the conditions were mutually beneficial.
I think Google Photos is top notch!
I don’t use Google Photos for backing up my primary phones image collection. I use it for viewing photos in my Google Account, saved in the clue. Those are the ONLY images I want to see in the app. Thus, this ridiculously stupid requirement of needing access to all photos completely ruins the apps intentioned function for me. Honestly, I currently see absolutely zero reason to keep it installed. It just seems like a means for Google to be more obtrusive, and prevent users from selecting what data they give to them.
I used to honestly like this app, would’ve rated it at least four stars. This single change, however, I now wish I could give it negative stars. I hope this is changed, otherwise I have zero intent of using this app.
I am thrilled to know I can always go to my google account and view my photos is a great way also ordering prints from any of the photos saved on ones google app is a great way to sort through ones memorable moments of those special times when one gets all dolled up to shoot for ones unique smile & through one infinite lifetime in the day of one infinite lifetime of one newborn love born in ones birthday, or in the holiday seasons and other passings occasions, etc. Great place for storing these memories of your life of special moments...thank you Google for being one to make that happen within this google pictures app that stores just the ones you cherish and more!
LOVE Google photos! I am a mother of an eight-year-old son that I had a little later in life, and take a ridiculous amount of photos & videos of him because I don’t want to miss a second of him growing up. My device has over 1000 pictures and videos on it and I sometimes forget they all back up to google photos. It definitely reassures me that they are backed up and safe if I accidentally delete something I wanted to keep.
Couldn’t imagine NOT having the app!!!
I get that Google and Apple hate each other but the customer should come first. iOS 14 adds more control to the customer (what’s most important). Google has updated Google Photos to now require full photo access to use the app. This is Google trying to force customers to give up less control. We should decide what Google has access to not Google. The only way Google will change is if people start using other photo services - iCloud and OneDrive back up.
Google Photos was just updated two days ago and will not function at all unless you give it full, unfettered access to your photo library. Selecting which photos it can see is not enough. This is a huge privacy concern, in my opinion. There are plenty of use-cases for Google Photos that do not require access to the photo library on your phone. I can only assume they want to view the photos anyway for nefarious reasons.
It is really great to have backups of iOS Photos made automatically and then I can save space on my device by deleting them, knowing that they are saved in Google Photos. Also great to then be able to view them on all my devices. The app is great for cataloging photos but editing is pretty basic. Like all Google apps it is great to be able to use it works well on my Chromebook as well as my iOS devices.
Never mind that you may not want that. Never mind there’s a reason this access control exists, Google wants all your photos.
I spend literally 100% of my time in shared albums, but it still launches in my library with the photos I never wanted to give it access to in the first place.
You will be assimilated into the Google collective. Resistance is futile.
I love this app so much! It’s saved me I don’t know how many times when I’ve had to switch phones or get a new phone. I can get all my photos back instantly and back all of them up just in case something were to happen. & I love that they have “memories” similar to fb and they also give you cute little “designs” they create out of your pictures for you!