How to Download or Update Google Photos on iPhone

Users who are not used to the iOS Photos app and iCloud for storing their iPhone photos end up turning to other apps in the App Store for this function, and Google Photos is most likely the number one option for these people.

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As well as being able to log in quickly and simply using a Google account — do you have a Gmail account? Well, it’s this same login — the app has exceptional features from the Mountain View company, such as the super-fast backup of your iPhone photo gallery and the incredible identification of people’s faces in your photos.

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  • Understand in the tutorial below how to download, configure and use Google Photos from iOS to update and sync your iPhone photo gallery backup.

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    How to download and configure Google Photos

    Step 1:

    Search for Google Photos in the iOS App Store to download it on your iPhone.

    Open the App Store and download the app on your iPhone. Screenshot: Lucas Wetten (Canaltech)

    Step 2:

    The app will appear at the bottom of your Home Screen pages and in the iOS App Library . Click to open it and configure it.

    Locate and open the app on your iPhone. Screenshot: Lucas Wetten (Canaltech)

    Step 3:

    When you open it, grant permission for the app to access all the photos on your device.

    Grant access permission to the app. Screenshot: Lucas Wetten (Canaltech)

    Step 4:

    If you already have a Google account logged into your iPhone, select to backup with this account. If you don’t want to, click on “Don’t back up”.

    Click on your account Google to enable backup. Screenshot: Lucas Wetten (Canaltech)

    Step 5:

    When opting for backup, set the quality of the media you want to save in the backup.

    Set your backup preferences. Screenshot: Lucas Wetten (Canaltech)

    Step 6:

    If you want, let Google use its artificial intelligence feature to identify people’s faces in your photos.

    Allow Google to identify people’s faces on your Photos. Screenshot: Lucas Wetten (Canaltech)

    Step 7:

    and that’s it, now leave the app open on your iPhone until all the backup is done.

    Wait until the entire backup is done. Screenshot: Lucas Wetten (Canaltech)

    How to update the backup of new photos on Google Photos

    Step 1:

    To update the backup of your photos in the app, just open it. At the top right, you’ll notice that, in the corner of your profile photo, a blue up arrow will appear — this means there are new photos on your device that need to be synced with Google Photos. The backup will start automatically.

    The backup of new photos will start automatically. Screenshot: Lucas Wetten (Canaltech)

    Step 2:

    a circle of progress will complete both in the lower right corner of the photo being uploaded in the moment, such as around your profile picture — symbolizing all the media that remains to be synced in the backup.

    Track the backup progress through the progress circles. Screenshot: Lucas Wetten (Canaltech)

    Step 3:

    At the end of the backup update, you will notice a “check” icon in the corner of the your profile photo, indicating that the backup is ready and the synchronization of all new photos from your device has been completed and completed successfully.

    A “check” icon in the corner of your profile photo indicates that the backup is ready. Screenshot: Lucas Wetten (Canaltech)

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