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Google Photos


Google Photos is an app that can be used on Android or Apple phones or tablets to backup, edit, and share pictures and videos.  This service is free if you back your videos and images up in a compressed format.  If you back them up in their original size there may be a fee.

You may have seen this commercial for Google Photos:

If this is you, this lesson can help you learn how to use Google Photos to backup your photos and free up space on your phone or other devices.  You can probably relate this lesson immediately to you personal device, but this would also work well to backup photos and videos for your library devices.

To receive 2 hrs credit for this lesson, please complete this lesson by the last day of the month at 11:59 pm CST.  This lesson should take 1-2 hours to complete.


In this lesson you will learn:

  • What Google Photos is
  • How to install Google Photos
  • How to backup your photos/videos
  • How to search your photos/videos


Note:  Most of the exercises below have instructions for using Google Photos on a computer, an android device, or an Apple device at the top of the page.  Make sure click the link for your applicable device at the top of the screen.

    1. Watch the video below.
    2.  Follow Google’s Get Started with Google Photos Tutorial for your device.
    3.  Read Google Photo’s Back up photos & videos topic.
      1. Also suggest reading:
        1. Change “Back up & sync” settings
        2. Choose a storage size
        3. My photos aren’t backing up
    4.   If you haven’t already, install Google Photos on your device and back up your photos.
    5.  Follow Google Photo’s Help Guide to Find people, things, & places in your photos.
    6.  Follow Google Photos’s Help Guide to:
      1. Edit Photos
      2. Make animations & collages
      3. Create & edit movies
    7. Post a comment down below answering the following:
      1. What you learned in this lesson?
      2. What do you think is the coolest thing about Google Photos?
      3. How do you see yourself using Google Photos?
      4. How you think Google Photos will come in handy.
      5. How could Google Photos be handy at the library?
      6. Fill this form for verification.



  1. While I used my phone for this lesson……..I am excited to get it downloaded to our devices…I love the collage aspect and I really enjoyed the animation. I think this is going to be fun for programming.
    I am excited to really look into the animation part of it.

      • swkls on January 31, 2017 at 8:54 am


      I use Google Photos on my phone and tablet at home. I mostly use it so my photos don’t take over my phone and to backup my photos. However, the collage and animation are an added bonus.

      I could definitely see this being used in the library world.

      There was a session at KLA on Promoting your library using Google Photos. The handout can be found here if you’re interested in learning a bit more:

      • swkls on January 31, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      Oh! And I am excited to hear how you use Google Photos in your library!

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