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.


9 thoughts on “Google Photos

  • January 27, 2017 at 9:02 am

    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.

    • 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:

    • January 31, 2017 at 12:10 pm

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

  • April 17, 2018 at 11:19 am

    I learned there was a search bar, which I really like!
    The coolest thing I like is the grouping photos by faces of people.
    I see myself using google photos to better organize my photos and freeing up storage.
    This will definitely come in handy when trying to find a photo of something specific.
    I will love using this at the library so I can group each summer reading together, storytimes, movies day, etc.

  • April 20, 2018 at 10:13 am

    I already had Google Photos downloaded on my phone, and have been using it for a while now, but it wouldn’t back up all my photos. This showed me that I can select which folders I want to back up, which solved all my problems! The coolest thing I learned is that I can make movies with my photos. Both of my parents have been asking me about freeing up space on their phones so I will definitely be suggesting this!

  • April 23, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    I decided to do this class instead of Facebook Live. I am really glad I took this class. I downloaded Google Photos on my I-Pad. My favorite part was doing a collage. I always wondered how people did that and making a movie with music. I love that. I see that this would be fun to do with my Lego kids or Summer reading movie would be neat to do.
    I do have some questions on how to put the movie on the Library’s Facebook page. It will be easier to backup the photos and freeing up storage. Can’t wait to put this on all my devices.

  • August 30, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    WOW! There are so many things you can do with Google Photos besides backing up photos 🙂 This is great!!!

  • September 21, 2018 at 9:04 am

    I wish I would have started using google photos a long time ago! My phone was always telling me my storage was full. After it took almost an hour and a half of downloading around 2000 photos my phone has plenty of storage now (because I love to take toooo many pictures!!) There is way better editing options available to use and the animation feature as well as the collage option which is my favorite is way better then some of the apps I’ve used on my iphone. So glad I chose to learn about google photos because it has made many things about my over usage of my camera so much more organized and more fun to play with and edit. We could use this at the library just to organize albums of activities and it would be so much easier to locate a picture in the future.

  • January 17, 2019 at 10:08 am

    What you learned in this lesson?
    this is something that I actually didnt know my iphone storage is full and im too lazy to connect my phone to my computer to save my photos , or to pay the extra $$ for extra storage. this is super cool !
    What do you think is the coolest thing about Google Photos?
    being able to edit photos, i take a ton of pictures of my dogs and niece and nephew so being able to add animations and such will be a neat thing to do !
    How do you see yourself using Google Photos?
    for personal use and if/when patrons come in asking where their photos went 😀
    How you think Google Photos will come in handy.
    im not sure I will use it at the library personally since i dont post often like my coworkers but maybe when its my turn I can come up with something cool !
    How could Google Photos be handy at the library?
    we have trouble with our tables so backing up our photos and videos in an extra space is very handy !


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