According to a video posted by @googlephotos the greatest benefit of using Google Photos is that it frees up more than 3 GB of space on your mobile phone. This new feature is called “Free Up Space”. Here is the tweet update
— Google Photos (@googlephotos) August 6, 2016
Google Photos is not a photo-sharing app. It is basically an extension of your Google Drive account. If you have enough space in your Google Drive account, you can use Google Photos to back up your photos and videos from your mobile phone.
Once you have installed Google Photos on your mobile phone and have made the needed settings, it automatically backs up your photos and videos to your Google Drive account. Of course many photos and videos you can backup depends on how much space you have got.
As mentioned in the latest Google Photos tweet, the greatest benefit of using Google Photos is the it frees up space on your mobile phone. So far for me the greatest benefit of using Google Photos is that it automatically backs up my photos and videos. But what’s new now?
Along with backing up your videos and photos, Google give photos now frees up space on your mobile phone by deleting the local files. Your photos and videos are not stored on your mobile phone now. Once they have been backed up, they are deleted from your mobile phone.
Although this is a great feature, you may find yourself trapped in the Google ecosystem and eventually you may have to pay for the Google Drive space that you need to use in order to preserve your photos and videos, especially when you no longer have them on your mobile phone.
This feature is good if you have a paid Google Drive account and you have enough space in your account. But if you’re using a free account to host your files, and if your files are constantly being backed up on Google Photos, soon you’re going to run out of space. Then Google is going to ask you to upgrade to its premium version. Since you may not have your precious photos and videos on your mobile phone and all your photos and videos might be in your Google Photos account, you will either be forced to download all the files onto your computer or another mobile phone, and hence, again losing the space that you gained, or pay up.
Although automatically backing up your photos and videos is undoubtedly the greatest feature of using Google Photos, eventually you will have to pay, so remember that. It is an extension of Google Drive. It is not like you get additional space when you start using Google Photos – it uses a portion of your Google Drive space, if you have it.
Normally when we start using a new app we use it casually. Just in order to explore it. But then we either forget or gradually begin to depend on it. Google will be counting on those users who start using the Google Photos app, forget about it, and by the time they realise that all their photos and apps are backed up on the Google Photos and they have been deleted from your phone, they have no other option but to upgrade. Then, the greatest benefit of you using Google Photos will actually be the greatest benefit to Google.
Although I use Google Photos to constantly backup my photos and videos, regarding enough space on my mobile phone, I automatically store all my photos and videos in the microSD card – you can make this setting in your mobile phone camera app that saves your photos and videos on the microSD card instead of using internal storage.
But otherwise, considering there is always the danger of you losing your mobile phone and along with that all those precious moments, it is better to pay some money and make sure that you never lose them. Your photos and videos are always backed up. As long as you can access your Google account, you can access your photos and videos from anywhere in the world and for me, that is the greatest benefit of using Google Photos.