Revisit Happy Memories With the New Google Photos Feature

Image: Brendan Hesse

Google added some new features to Photos today that make it even easier to revisit your past photos, regardless of which version of Android or iOS you’re on. And if you find nostalgia striking you especially hard, you can print pictures to local retailers directly from Photos.

Memories

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Google’s “Memories” archive replaces the “Rediscover this day” reminders that would appear in Google Photos’ Assistant tab. Now, you will occasionally see small circular previews of older photos and videos displayed at the top of the main galleries page. These are curated by Google Assistant and will appear on the anniversary of the day they were shot.

Tapping the circular preview opens up the image or video full-screen (and feels a lot like the time-limited “story” uploads users can post on Snapchat, Instagram, or Facebook.) Unlike those social media platforms, however, your Photos memories are only for you to see. You can also adjust the Memories feature to show certain types of content—such as limiting it to only select folders, geolocations, and more—or even turn it off completely by tapping the hamburger icon in Google Photos, and then going to Settings > Memories.

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Photo Printing

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Google’s other major addition to Photos is a new photo-printing feature, which lets you print your digital shots at nearby retailers like CVS and Walmart, or order and ship them from Google’s printing service. Photo prints can be ordered both in the app or via your browser.

These new options have made Google Photos a better app all around, but they’re also indicative of Google’s longer-term goals for the app. Recent Google Photos updates like the Memories tab, plus Android 10’s overhauled share menu, makes it easier to share content from the app, and Google is planning to add additional features to Photos like direct image messaging that will make the service more like a social network—so those allusions to Facebook, Instagram, and SnapChat seem even more apt.

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The direct image sharing feature is still a few months out at this point, but the Memories and photo printing features should be live for all users on both iOS and Android—just make sure you’ve installed the most recent version of the app from Google Play or Apple’s App Store.

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