Google Photos - Store Your Photos to Google For Free

Google Photos is a photo sharing and storage service developed by Google. It was announced in May 2015 and spun out from Google+, the company's social network.

Google Photos gives users free, unlimited storage for photos up to 16 megapixels and videos up to 1080p resolution. The service automatically analyzes photos, identifying various visual features and subjects. Users can search for anything in photos, with the service returning results from three major categories: People, Places, and Things. Google Photos recognizes faces, grouping similar ones together; geographic landmarks (such as the Eiffel Tower); and subject matter, including birthdays, buildings, animals, food, and more.

Different forms of machine learning in the Photos service allow recognition of photo contents, automatically generate albums, animate similar photos into quick videos, surface past memories at significant times, and improve the quality of photos and videos. In May 2017, Google announced several updates to Google Photos, including reminders for and suggested sharing of photos, shared photo libraries between two users, and physical albums, with Photos automatically suggesting collections based on face, location, trip, or other distinction.

Google photos acts as a back up when photos are sent or in Google terms 'Shared'. This is just a common backup tool when photos are shared between social media or other platforms or apps.

Google Photos received critical acclaim after its decoupling from Google+ in 2015. Reviewers liked the updated Photos service for its recognition technology, search, apps, and loading times. Nevertheless, privacy concerns were raised, including Google's motivation for building the service, as well as its relationship to governments and possible laws requiring Google to hand over a user's entire photo history. Google Photos has seen strong user adoption. It reached 100 million users after five months, 200 million after one year, and 500 million as of May 2017, with Google announcing that over 1.2 billion photos are uploaded to the service every day, with the grand total of all uploaded content measuring over 13.7 petabytes of storage.

Google Photos
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Developer(s) Google
Initial release May 28, 2015; 2 years ago
Stable release(s) 
Android / February 28, 2018; 18 days ago
Android Daydream / February 28, 2018; 18 days ago
iOS 3.14.0 / February 20, 2018; 26 days ago
Development status Active
Operating system AndroidiOSweb
Type Photo storage and sharing


Google Photos Help

How Can Google Photos Support Help You?

  • Get started

  • Create and buy a photo book

  • Share photos & videos

  • Manage photos & videos

  • Back up your photos & videos

  • Edit photos & movies

  • Settings

  • Troubleshoot or send feedback


  • Comments List
  •  John Stott

    I have an Apple iPhone 5S and the google photos app which has the “remember this day” of whatever is completely stuck on one single day back in 2012 and I cannot find a way to change it which is a shame as I do look forward to this feature changing day by day. Help please how can I change it to bring it up to date?

  •  Allison Scherer

    I am getting the memo that "ordering google photos is turned off from within google photos". How do I fix this? Why this memo?

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