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How To Use Google Photos To Declutter Your Phone Storage

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We all take a lot of images these days, and before you know it, your storage is full and your phone is slow. But don’t worry, there is a way out! Google Photos is a terrific tool for decluttering your phone storage while still protecting your cherished memories.

Steps:

  • Backup and clear up space
  • Tap your profile image in the top-right corner of the Google Photos app.
  • Select “Photos settings,” followed by “Back up & sync.”
  • Check that “Back up & sync” is enabled. This keeps your photos safe in the cloud and frees up space on your phone.
  • Right-click “Free up space.” Google Photos will recognize and display photographs and videos that can be safely erased from your phone because they have already been backed up to the cloud.
  • Examine the photos and then hit “Free up” to delete them from your device.

 

The “Suggest deletion” tool detects blurry, similar, or old photos and prompts you to delete or archive them (transfer them to the cloud without taking up space on your phone).
Go to the “Library” tab in the Google Photos app and select “Utilities.”
Select “Suggest deletion” and go through the photographs again. You can delete them individually, delete all suggestions, or move them to the archive.

Large videos should be archived.
Videos can consume a large amount of storage space. Tap and hold a movie in the Google Photos app to select “Move to Archive,” then pick “Move to Archive.”
Use the “Search” feature. The robust search function in Google Images allows you to easily find specific images, such as those of a specific person, place, or event. This might assist you in identifying and deleting duplicate or undesirable photographs.

Use “memories” to rediscover and clean up your life.
Google Photos generates thematic “Memories” groupings that group together relevant photographs and videos. This might assist you in rediscovering old images and deciding whether to save or remove them.

FAQ

QI: Can I organize my photographs in Google Photos to help with decluttering?
Yes, Google Photos has a number of features to help you organize your photos and make decluttering easier. You may make albums to put together relevant photos, tag images, and organize information by date or location. Furthermore, Google Photos use artificial intelligence to automatically categorize and organize your photos, making it easier to locate specific images. Using these categorization options allows you to streamline your photo library and more easily retrieve the stuff you require.

Q2: Does Google Photos provide unlimited storage for photos and videos?

Google Photos offers free storage with a limit for high-quality photos and videos. Original quality may count against your Google storage quota.

Q3: How do I free up space on my phone using Google Photos?

After backing up, use the “Free up space” option in the app to remove local copies from your device.

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Google’s Update to “Quick Share” Improves Usability

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In a recent CES announcement, Google disclosed its collaboration with Samsung to extend Quick Share compatibility to all Android phones. Although Samsung’s Quick Share has coexisted with Google’s Nearby Share on Galaxy devices, the two services are now interoperable. The integration eliminates the need for Samsung users to choose between two separate file-sharing services. Google’s update of the Nearby Share branding to align with Samsung’s enhances the cohesion of the file-sharing experience between Galaxy and non-Galaxy devices. It’s important to note that not all functionalities have been retained in the rebranding process.

As Google began the rollout of Quick Share to non-Galaxy devices today, users observed that the enhanced experience lacks certain features present in Quick Share on Samsung devices. Notably, functionalities such as creating a temporary link for file sharing (link sharing) and temporarily sharing encrypted files (private sharing) are unavailable in the updated version.

An included feature in Google’s version of Quick Share, borrowed from Quick Share on Samsung devices, is the capability to display available devices directly in the share sheet. This functionality ensures that nearby Quick Share targets are visible within the share sheet, eliminating the need to tap the Quick Share button to access the full interface when sharing files with your own devices.

The alteration simplifies the process of file sharing across your devices. While Google has been working on integrating Nearby Share targets into the share sheet since last year, the introduction of Quick Share on Android marks the official rollout of this feature. Although observed on devices like the Google Pixel 7 Pro, Google Pixel 8 Pro, and OnePlus 11, some users have reported not seeing Quick Share targets in their share sheets. This change may be associated with a server-side flag independent of the Quick Share rollout, so users are advised to watch for Quick Share devices appearing in Android’s share sheet.

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Google lauches “Circle to Search”

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Today, Google has globally launched the Circle to Search feature on the Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, and Samsung Galaxy S24 series. This recently unveiled feature enables users to perform searches anywhere on their phones through gestures such as circling, highlighting, scribbling, or tapping.

The technology company sees the new feature as an effort to seamlessly integrate Google Search into everyday moments. Whether you’re watching a video or browsing images on a social app, the goal is to make it easier to pose spontaneous questions. As an illustration, while watching a video of someone enjoying a Korean corn dog, you can circle the corn dog and inquire, “Why are these so popular?”

The feature extends beyond circles to include various gestures. For instance, while conversing in a messaging app about a restaurant with a friend, you can effortlessly tap on the restaurant’s name to access additional details without exiting the app.

Circle to Search simplifies the process of looking up definitions for words or phrases. Imagine watching a video with a drink labeled “prebiotic,” and you’re unsure of its meaning compared to “probiotic.” Previously, you’d have to switch to your browser to search. Now, you can activate Circle to Search by long-pressing the home button or navigation bar, highlight “prebiotic,” learn more, and seamlessly resume the video with a swipe.

Circle to Search allows you to initiate searches from any app, eliminating the need to pause your current task and open a browser for a search. Additionally, if you typically take screenshots as reminders to search later, this is no longer necessary; you can search immediately without disrupting your ongoing activities.

On January 31, Circle to Search will debut on the recently unveiled Galaxy S24 Series smartphones at the Samsung event. Additionally, it will be accessible on premium Android devices like the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, supporting all languages and locations where these phones are sold. Google anticipates expanding support to more Android smartphones over time.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip6 Set to Bolster Battery Life

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Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Z Flip6 is set to tackle battery life concerns by featuring a larger 4,000 mAh battery, addressing the criticisms of the smaller cells in previous Flip models like the Galaxy Z Flip5, which had a 3,700 mAh battery. While still smaller than some competitors, such as Oppo’s Find N3 Flip with a 4,300 mAh battery, the 4,000 mAh in the Flip6 represents about an 8% increase from the Flip 5. The Flip6 will maintain a dual-cell configuration, with one cell rated at 1,097 mAh and the other at 2,790 mAh, totaling a 3,887 mAh rated capacity, likely resulting in a 4,000 mAh typical capacity. Additional rumored upgrades include a larger 3.9″ cover display (up from 3.4″ in the Flip5) and a significant camera improvement with a 50 MP main camera compared to the 12 MP in the Flip5. The Galaxy Z Flip6 is expected to be officially announced in the middle of this year.

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