Google Photos APP for iOS is it any Good ?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by augustya, Apr 9, 2018.

  1. augustya macrumors 68030

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    I wanted to know if anyone of you has Google Photos, and how is it better than the Native Photos APP of iOS, What are the advantages Google Photos has over iOS photos ? Does it have like unlimited Storage ?
     
  2. damponting44 macrumors newbie

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    The problem is, both Apple and Google have great photo-storage services, and it’s hard to say which one is better. Apple Photos comes baked into Apple’s own mobile and desktop operating systems, and it’s a little harder to access on other platforms but Google Photos can be access on any platform.
     
  3. augustya thread starter macrumors 68030

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    But I do not get this? If there is a Photo in my iOS Photos App, or I download, click a Photo it will go and reside in the iOS Photos APP, So I still have to manually drag it to the Google Photos APP right ? So if My iOS device storage is up, nothing is going to work isnt it ? As in the first place, the Photo itself is not gonna be able to save in the Native iOS Photos APP because of lack of storage, so Google Photos APP is more of an Photo Back up is it not ?
     
  4. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    I don’t think I understand your question but I’ll tell you how I’m using Google Photos (GP)...

    I’m paying the $20/year for 100GB extra storage from Google. This is because Google won’t store you photos in full resolution unless you have enough paid storage to hold them.

    When I take a photo it is stored in the iOS “Photos” app. When I open Google Photos, it uploads any photo in iOS Photos that it hasn’t already uploaded to its servers. A smaller, local copy stays on the iOS device.

    Once the photos are transferred to Google I am free to delete them from the iOS Photos app.

    GP doesn’t work as well with third-party apps that access photos. An app that asks for access to your photo library will likely not see photos that you have in GP. You can copy the full-resolution copy of a photo back to Photos from GP for such cases. If that is a big deal GP may not be for you.

    I’m not a big photo taker nor do I spend a lot of time moving them around or editing them.
     
  5. augustya thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thanks, that explains a lot. Makes matter a lot simpler to understand. Thanks for explaining...I think Goigle Photos looks a handy thing I will start using it.
     
  6. eyeseeyou macrumors 68030

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    Google photos automatically backs up high quality copies of the photos on your iPhone in the background.
     
  7. augustya thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Just one follow up questions guys, when the upload happens on Google Photos from the Photos APP in iOS the stored photo on Google Photos is not compressed right ? it is the exact same copy as the original right guys ?
     
  8. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    Good question. For sure…if you do not have Settings>Photos>iCloud Photo Library “ON” then the pictures will be exact copies. If you do have that ON and “Optimize” is also ON…I’m not sure.
     
  9. augustya thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Hi Brian,

    I think I am confused, my question is, if google photos app on its own for its own app (Google Photos APP) independently saves photo how does it matter if in the iOS device I have Settings>Photos>iCloud Photo Library “ON” or Off ?
     
  10. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    What I'm saying is that if iCloud Photo Library is OFF it is certain that Google Photos will upload full-size copies of your photos (and also if you have the required space in the Google account).

    I do NOT know what would happen if iCloud Photo Library is ON. So...leave it off. Your Google Photos is taking care of the cloud storage, anyway.
     
  11. augustya thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Because I have the iCloud Library Photos Option ON !
     
  12. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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  13. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

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    https://support.google.com/photos/answer/6220791
     
  14. augustya thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yes.
     
  15. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    From what you've said I'm assuming you don't have any additional space purchased at iCloud…so…even with "optimize" checked you probably have 100% of your photos uncompressed in your Photos app. Go ahead and check "Download and Keep Originals", let the device do the download (as I've said I don't think there will be any since they're likely already all originals), and then start with Google Photos.
     
  16. augustya thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yes I do not have any additional space purchased on iCloud. Ok so I am going to keep Download the Original checked. And download to my photo stream and iCloud photo sharing is on aswell. That's ok right ? That doesn't make any difference to the quality of the photos stored on iOS or GP ?
     
  17. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    In that scenario quality will be equal. You can read up on Photo Stream and sharing to determine whether or not you want to use them.
     

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