STATES CHRONICLE – Google Photos, the popular photo management app, had divorced from Google+ this spring and became a widely used utility that now boasts 100 million monthly active users and more than 50 billion uploaded.
But Android users have more good news as Google Photos had rolled out an update that helps users to automatically free up storage space on their mobile devices in one swift move. The Free Up Space option deletes photos in bulk, which was not available prior to this updated version of the app.
At the same time, users approaching their Google storage limits will also have an option made available for desktop Google Photos: “downgrade image quality” will help them free up space on their Google account. Thanks to Google’s skills in integrating the Photos app on the Android platform, the Free up Space tool works rather seamless.
All you have to do is go to the Settings screen, tap on the Free up Space button and that will set things in motion for the process of deleting photos from your phone in bulk. Seeing how easily it would be to accidentally tap the button, Google will ask you to confirm your command of deleting your photos.
To make things even easier, the feature can only delete the photos that are already backed up in the cloud, so you mustn’t fear that you will inadvertently delete those pictures that haven’t been copied.
In celebration of the new feature, Google Photos has also launched a new “Assistant” card. Assistants are the features programmed to do the cool things for you – like creating animated GIF-like images from your photos sets, or building full-blown montages, soundtrack included.
The new Assistant card will notify users when it detects they’re getting closer to their storage limit, asking if they want to delete photos to free up space. The feature will only work for photos that have been backed up in Original or High Quality.
Another big update for Google Photos arrives on Wednesday – it’s like Christmas has arrived early this year! Storage space on Google’s cloud service will be used more sensibly by allowing users to back up photos in High Quality rather than full Original resolution.
And if you’ve changed your mind about the photos you’ve already backed up in Original quality, a new “Recover Storage” option on desktop will automatically downgrade all your photos for you. Android users, rejoice! iOS users… rejoice a little later, when the features are made available for you!
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