Google Photos

What's the best option for backing up and organizing my photos in the Cloud?

Episode 1829

Henry from Los Angeles, CA

Henry has a lot of pictures, both personal and for business. He has them all backed up on Carbonite, and recently moved them over to Google Photos. He's got them all organized, but he says that even with the folders, it's way too crowded on his phone. Leo says that Google Photos has an option to delete your images off your phone once they are uploaded to the cloud. But he wants to segregate the business photos from his personal photos. Leo says that there are organizational options in Google Photos, and they will create special folders that are private.

How Can I Get Photos off an LG Phone?

Google Photos

Episode 1828

Brenda from Redondo Beach, CA

Brenda has an LG mobile phone without service. She tried to get pictures off the phone, but she can't seem to get the data off it. Leo says that it's possible the photos have been backed up to Google Photos. If you can access the account, you can go into it, and they should be backed up there. You may also look to see if there's an SD card in the phone. If so, then you may have the pictures saved there. 

Can I Use an Old iPhone With My SIM?

iPhone 3G

Episode 1826

Harold from Santa Barbara, CA

Harold can't get his old iPhone to work with his SIM. Leo says that Verizon used GSM back then, and the iPhone would probably not work anyway because it used G2 towers that were turned off long ago. And they're turning onf 3G as we speak, so older 3G phones are about to go offline. But you could use it as an iPod. How can I get the data off it? Leo says to get iTunes for Windows on your computer, connect that old iPhone, and then it'll copy everything off onto your hardware. Leo also recommends uploading the photos to Google Photos. That way it doesn't matter what phone you have. 

Google Photos Unlimited Storage Ends Tuesday

Photos

Episode 1801

This Tuesday, Google Photos will end its unlimited storage feature, in favor of just 15GB per user account. After which, users will be charged $2 a month for 100 GB. But users can upload as many photos as they want until Tuesday and it won't count against that cap. So now is the time to take your day off and backup all those images to your Google Photos account before it's too late. Other options ... Amazon Prime Members get free unlimited storage. Shutterfly also offers unlimited storage. 

How Do I Transfer Photos From 1 Google Account to Another?

Photos

Episode 1801

Diane from Chicago, IL

Diane would like to transfer all her Google photos up to another Google account. Leo says that now is the time to do it because Google is about to eliminate unlimited photo storage in favor of a 15GB limit. There is a third-party service called Cloud Transfer or MultCloud that can do it. But Google has TakeOut, which would allow her to download all of them and then upload all of them.

Where Can I Get Free Unlimited Photo Storage?

Photos

Episode 1778

Dale from Santa Monica, CA

Dale uses Google Photos and he's concerned that the change to limited photo backup will affect Apple's sync feature that makes photos available on iPad from the iPhone. Is there an alternative? Leo says that Google's price scheme for additional storage will be very affordable. But if he still wants unlimited free storage, he could try Amazon Prime Photos - it's free to all Prime members. Shutterfly also offers unlimited free storage for originals.

What Are My Alternatives to Google Photos?

PCloud

Episode 1759

Diane from Chicago, IL

Diane hears that Google Photos is going to end on January 5th. Leo says that's not accurate. Google Photos will be ending their free unlimited photo storage on June 1st. However, until then, you can store unlimited photos that will remain free forever. After that, the 15GB limit will apply to any new photos, music, all your docs, and email.  But Google's pay tier is pretty affordable if you need more space.

There are other options like Shutterfly and Amazon Prime. 

How Can My TV Suddenly Show My Photos as a Screensaver?

LCD TV

Episode 1756

Ron from Riverside, CA

Ron has a TV that is an "Amazon Edition." Recently, it started showcasing his photos as a screensaver.  Leo says it may be showing your photos that are backed up to Amazon Photos. Or maybe even your Google Photos. If you're an Alexa user, it may be a skill that Amazon recently added. Can he opt-out? Leo says you can probably disable it in your TV's menu settings. Or it could be in the Amazon App. It could also be the Roku. There are apps in the Roku that picks up your photos. There's a slideshow setting in Roku that could be enabled.

What's a Good Option for Backing Up Photos?

 Apple Photos

Episode 1755

Frederick from Orange County, CA

Frederick wants to create a central location to house all the photos and videos for everyone in the family. Leo says if he wants to be responsible for it all, then Apple Photos can handle it. But everyone may want to keep their own accounts. Google Photos has similar features to Apple Photos, but it's cloud-based. And he can share unlimited free storage up until June 1st. Then each person can upload to a family album from their own account. Then everyone can upload and see the album. It's a great way to do it without having the burden just on the creator.