Google Photos

Can I Buy More Cloud Storage for my Samsung Phone?

Samsung

Episode 1614

Hope from McComb, Mississippi

Hope wanted to know if she can upgrade her cloud storage through her Galaxy Note 9. Leo is pretty sure that Samsung will sell her more cloud storage if she wants to, and it's a good idea to back up phone data. She can buy more, but it may be for select carriers. But she can also use Google Photos, which offers free unlimited high-resolution storage, and she can upload automatically with a simple check of a box.

How can I manage thousands of photos and organize them?

Adobe Lightroom

Episode 1599

Carol from Orange County, CA

Carol is a casting director and she's heading back east for a big project. She needs a way to take images and organize them into multiple categories. Leo says that almost all photo editing apps like Lightroom have tagging. Google Photos also works. You can use the Albums feature, which enables multiple albums with the same image in it. And anyone can share it. Leo says that Adobe Lightroom has cloud storage and sync to multiple computers. So that's an option. 

She also needs a mass texting and emailing option. 

How can I backup photos from my mobile phone?

iPhone XS

Episode 1596

David from Riverside, CA

David takes a lot of pictures with his smartphone and he is having issues transferring his pictures to his computer. He plugs in the iPhone to his Windows PC and drags and drops. But it stops. Leo says that Windows is awful doing that. It's not fault tolerant and it can time out really easily. Microsoft has a command line option called ROBO COPY that'll handle it without error. But in the long run, that's a difficult way to do it. Leo recommends using Google Photos. And the photos are just as good.

How can I add GPS to my photos?

GPS Maps

Episode 1589

Norm from Simi Valley, CA

Norm is a contractor and likes to GeoTag photos for his clients. But Google killed Picasa, which is what he uses. What can he do to add the GPS coordinates to it? Leo says that in the EXIF data of your phone's photos will be the GPS coordinates. Upload them to an album of Google Photos and you should be able to have it show photos on a map. It's called Google MyMaps. Create a new album, then new layer, then import. 

Are my Photos Being Looked at on Free Services and Being Monetized?

FB

Episode 1582

Mitch from Irvine, CA

Mitch is concerned that uploading photos to a free service could be a privacy issue. What are the services doing with those pictures? Rich says that if consumers are using a free service, it's not surprising that they will look at the images and then suggest ads based on those images. It's all probably automated, which is why we get ads that are so tuned in. 

Can he opt out of it? Rich says only if he gets rid of Facebook. Rich says he should only upload photos he wants to share to those services.

How can I Get Rid of Duplicate Pics in Google Photos?

Photos

Episode 1577

George from Mexico City, MX

George is using Google Photos. But he's getting a lot of duplications as he backs up from his desktop, phone and laptop. Leo says that's a common problem, but is usually due to different formats, like RAW and JPG. There's no real way to automatically weed the duplicates out. Picasa used to have that option, but Google killed it and didn't port that feature over to Photos. Leo suggests backing photos from a camera to the phone and let Google Photos upload from that one source. He can also use the sort feature to search for day-of capture and then manually de-dupe from there. 

How Can I Back Up and Share Photos in the Cloud?

 Google Photos

Episode 1570

Joe from Brea, California

Joe takes a bunch of photos and wants to know how he can get high-quality images online that his clients can access. Leo suggests Google Photos. He can get unlimited, high-resolution uploads at very good quality. They will also be organized by face detection, GPS, and date, which is convenient. He can then create shared folders where he can then invite people to view and download the images.