Google Photos is a photo and video sharing and storing service by the web search giant Google. Google Photos was part of Google+, the social network from Google. In 2015, Google spun out Photos from Google+ to launch Google Photos service.
As you know, Google Photos is the not the first or the only photo and video sharing service out there but the service stands out from the rest not because it’s from Google but because of its features.
To start with, most of the features present in Google Photos today were available when it was part of Google+ service as well. That said, Google has added plenty of new features over the last eighteen months to make the service better than its competitors.
Compared to other services, Google Photos supports more picture and video formats. It supports .jpg, .png, .ico, .gif, .cr2, .webp, .dng, .bmp, .tiff, .crw, .arw, .nef, .pef, .orf, and .rw2 picture formats. When it comes to video, .mpg, .wmv, .mov, .mp4, .avi, .mod, .mpg, .3gp, .asf, .tod, .mkv, .m2t, .m2ts, .mts, .3g2. and .divx are supported.
Google Photos app for Windows 10
Uploading and managing photos is easy with Google Photos thanks to the official Google Photos app for Windows operating system. The Google Photos app can automatically back up your photos and videos from your Windows PC, meaning you don’t need to manually upload photos and videos.
Download, install and setup Google Photos on Windows 10 PC
Step 1: Visit this page of Google Photos from your Windows 10 PC and download Google Photos app setup.
Step 2: After downloading Google Photos setup, run the installer file to get it installed.
Step 3: Launch Google Photos app. You will see the following sign in page where you need to sign in by entering your Google account details.
Step 4: Next, you will see the following dialog where you can select sources from where Google Photos have permission to automatically back up photos and videos. With default settings, Google Photos automatically backs up photos and videos from cameras and storage cards, desktop and My pictures.
If you have saved photos in folders other than above mentioned locations, please click Add folder button, select the folder, and then click OK button.
Also, you need to select if Google Photos should back up original photos or back up scaled down but high quality photos. If you choose the Original option, Google Photos will keep original resolution of photos but the storage limit is about 15 GB for most users (you can purchase additional storage).
And if you choose High quality option, Google Photos scales down original photos to 16 megapixels, videos to high-definition 1080p, and then uploads them to Google Photos account.
Also, if you are really serious about privacy, you may want to uncheck Help improve Photos by sending anonymous usage statistics option.
Click Start Backup button to begin uploading photos and videos to your Google Photos account.
Click OK button when you see the following dialog.
Step 5: The Google Photos app will work in the background to upload photos and videos. A Google Photos icon sits in the notification area when the program is running and you can right-click on this icon to pause or resume backup, view uploaded photos, go to Google Photos, and access Google Photos settings.
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