For 40 years, Bill Hladik had tucked away thousands of old printed photographs in boxes in a closet.
The photos, primarily from his time as an undergrad at Syracuse University, were so numerous that Hladik could hardly remember where they’d been taken or the names of the people in them. Still, he wanted to preserve the images, and he knew they’d last longer if they were digital.
It seemed like a tall task. “I thought I’d have to sift through them,” says Hladik. “Thousands of photos – who has the time?”
It didn’t take much time. He opened
“It’s hard to look at printed pictures, but much easier to review online and share,” said Hladik after his photo organization. “College days are important to anyone – formative years and good friends.”
As Hladik discovered, Google Photos makes it easy to digitize and organize your photos, whether you have hundreds or thousands of old photos dating back decades, or simply a few albums you want to back up on the cloud. With one app, you can store thousands of images in the cloud, rediscover memories, and share them with your loved ones.
’Tis the season for decluttering, and like Hladik, you can free up space in your closet – and on your phone, with some digital spring cleaning. After you digitize your physical photos, import them into Google Photos and your images will be saved safely to the cloud. No need to choose between all those selfies – just expand your Google Account storage with a
Once your photos are safely stored in Google Photos, you can easily find the one you’re looking for by searching for specific names, dates, people, and locations – no manual tagging required. Memories and Recent Highlights will also help you remember where you were and what you were doing on this day a year ago, or last weekend. Use map view to see a map of all the places where you’ve taken images and videos.
With editing suggestions and tools, Google Photos can help you make old photos new again – or even give new photos a retro style with filters. Plus, as a Google One member, you can unlock enhanced editing features in Google Photos, like Magic Eraser, to make your photos picture-perfect.1
Viewing family photo albums no longer requires a trip to a relative’s house. Preserve memories with shared albums for important events or of specific people. As you create a new album, you can select who – family, friends, or furry loved ones – you want to include, and Google Photos will add them to the album each time they appear in a new photo.
Without the help of shared albums, some family memories could get lost in time. When Amy Bernstein, who lives in Boston, was clearing out her late mother’s Manhattan apartment, she discovered hundreds of photos, some nearly 100 years old.
“There were some of my mother at three years old,” she says. And some that were mysteries, like a photograph of four people posing on a crowded beach. “I’m pretty sure it’s at least 90 years old, but I have no idea who these people are,” says Bernstein.
She digitized the photos and shared them with her extended family, including her niece, the “family historian.”
“You cannot duplicate printed photos infinitely,” Bernstein says. “It’s a piece of paper. You lose it and the memory is gone.”
With Google Photos, it doesn’t have to be.
Members of Google One get more editing features through Google Photos. Note that the editing feature availability is subject to the type of photo you have chosen and the type of device you’re using. Editing features are not currently supported on web. See
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