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Google Photos latest update will make it easier to browse, share and import photos

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Google will start rolling out new updates to its popular service- GooglePhotos. Google photos now receive a fresh design, which will make it easier for users to find and share photos. This will help the users to “sort through your albums, import photos and videos you have saved somewhere else, see your shared content and find screenshots.”

Some of the new features are designed to make the Google Photos app work better with on-device folders, while others are focused on sorting through larger libraries that have grown over the years and may have become unwieldy.

Google Photos’ new update brings lots of changes

The app’s Library tab is getting a redesign. This will allow you to view your photos organized in a grid or list. You can now filter by type — including albums, shared albums, favorites, or on-device folders — then sort them as you’d like. This design tweak will likely be welcomed by those who now have far too many galleries to keep track of. And they need a way to narrow things down when hunting for photos.

Import Photos

Google Photos is also adding a new ‘Import Photos’ section alongside Locked Folder, utilities, archive, and trash option. This will let users “easily copy photos from other services, digitize photos (or videos and film) or move photos from a camera,” adds the blog.

This import option will allow users to copy photos from rival services including iCloud, Facebook, and Pixieset; digitize their photos, videos, and film; back up from device folders; move photos into Google Photos from a camera, or scan photos using Google’s PhotoScan.

Not all these import options are new — PhotoScan, for instance, used to be under Utilities. And previously, users could set up their app to back up the photos on their device. iOS users could even sync their Favorites from their iPhone’s photo gallery to Google Photos’ favorites.

There was also a way to import Google Photos from other services within Facebook and iCloud. But there wasn’t a dedicated destination inside the Google Photos app where you could find all the different ways to import photos.

The redesign also brings sections for partner sharing, shared albums, and conversations. Google says “with more defined sections, it’s easier to find, view and manage your shared photos and videos, and stay up to date so you never miss the latest snap.” The changes are rolling out to Android this week and coming soon to iOS.

For Android users, Google Photos will also offer access to your screenshots saved on your device. Many Google Photos users don’t back up their device screenshots, in order to save on storage space, but still, need to reference those photos at times. They’ll soon be able to tap on a new shortcut that appears at the top of their main photo grid to go directly to their screenshots, Google says.

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