Google Photos makes it possible to store a lifetime of memories, often without paying a single dime. But when you have thousands upon thousands of images, actually appreciating all of them isn’t always easy.
Luckily, Photos is filled with tools to help you organize your collection and make it more manageable, and most of them require little to no effort to embrace. Take a mental snapshot of the following possibilities, and get ready to experience your memories in a whole new way.
The most basic method for organizing Google Photos is the good old-fashioned photo album.
Any albums you create will appear in the “Albums” tab. If you want to add to an existing album, follow the same steps as above, only instead of creating a new album in the second step, find and select the album you want from the list.
The problem with albums is that you have to take the time to make them. But if all you need is an album showing off all of your images of specific people or pets (yes, pets), Photos can compile that automatically for you:
Photos will fill out the album for you and continue to add in relevant new items as they appear in your collection.
An effective way to keep track of standout photos and videos — for future printing, sharing, or whatever — is to take advantage of Photos’ built-in favorites system and mark exceptional items as you see ‘em:
All of your favorited items will be grouped together in the “Favorites” section at the top of the “Albums” page.
Whether you realize it or not, Google’s artificial intelligence is constantly organizing your collection by person, location, and a variety of other qualities. To explore some of the more advanced ways the service sorts your stuff for you:
If you prefer, you can use the search bar to look for photos matching those terms, or other similar terms you want to find. You can even combine multiple terms together — like “concert 2013,” “wedding flowers,” “Paris museum,” or “blue shirt.”
If only our brains had similar summoning powers.