Saturday, August 25, 2018

Google Photos: How to view your photos in order by date-uploaded rather than date-taken

On a computer, you can see the timeline of your
photos by moving your mouse to the right sidebar.
These dates represent the date the photo was taken.
When you use Google Photos to store your pictures, they are organized in one great big stream, by date the photo was taken. The most recent photo is on the top, as you scroll down you're going back in time. On a mobile device you can pinch the screen until you see your photos grouped by year and month.

Old Photos get lost

A friend of mine just uploaded a group of old photos from her computer to Google Photos.  When she opened Google Photos, she expected to see those photos at the top. When they weren't there, she assumed she had done something wrong and not uploaded them correctly. She tried it again - still no photos. 
What she didn't realize is that these old photos got organized into her "stream" according to the date they were taken. She had no idea what dates these photos were taken, so she had no way to find them!

How to change the order to "Date Uploaded"

Google Photos does not give us many tools to re-order photos. Albums are generally our only tool for customizing how photos are grouped. But, there is a way to just view your library in order of Date-Uploaded rather than Date-taken.
  1. On a computer/browser view your photos
  2. Click in the search bar at top, don't type anything to search for
  3. Scroll down to the section that includes Videos, Selfies, Screenshots - click "Show More"
  4. Now you should see an option for "Recently Added" - click that
  5. You should now be viewing your library of photos with the most recently added at the top, scroll down and you still go back in time, but by date added now rather than date taken

What about Mobile apps?

On mobile apps this option does not show up. I have no idea why. The search bar is there, when you click on it you see Videos, Selfies, Screenshots and "Show More," but when you click Show More you will not see Recently Added!?!?! 

Where there's a will, there's a way! On your mobile device, instead of using the Google Photos app, open a browser and go to Photos.Google.com - just like you would on a computer. Now you will be seeing the same thing you do on a computer - including the Show More with Recently Added.

A shortcut

On a browser, after you've clicked the Recently Added option, take a look at your address bar - you will see the specific URL that has been used. You can enter that URL yourself (or save a bookmark) 

Mrs. Geek's Guide to Google Photos

 If you have the book, this feature is covered in Chapter 5: Explore and Organize. The section is called "View by Date Uploaded."


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Chris Guld is President and Teacher-in-Chief at GeeksOnTour.com. She has been in computer training and support since 1983. She is now a Top Contributor for the Google Photos Forum, owner of the LearnGooglePhotos.com blog, and author of Mrs. Geek's Guide to Google Photos
She loves to teach! If you want to learn, you’ve come to the right place.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Using Google Photos to Edit Video

If you know how easy it is to trim off the beginning and end of videos, you will take more videos and share them with friends! Google Photos has this trim capability built right in to the mobile app, on your iPhone, iPad or Android mobile device-not on the computer. So, go ahead and take that video on your phone - view it and trim the junk from the beginning and end. You're done.
Preparing to take a video often means some messiness in the beginning. It's easy to get rid of that!
This can be done right in Google Photos app. You don't need any of the movie maker tools
  1. View your video
  2. Tap edit button
  3. Drag white markers to desired beginning and end
  4. Save
This will save a copy with the same date as the original, we recommend you share to YouTube
And, there's more ... you can rotate and stabilize video too. You can crop out content in the middle of your video by using the simple movie maker tools in Google Photos. Using those Google Photos movie maker tools, you can also combine several video clips and still photos into one movie, complete with music. When you're done, just tap the share button and choose YouTube. We recommend sharing to YouTube because it provides the best viewing experience. You can choose to make the YouTube video public, or just share with friends.

We will be demonstrating these video editing features in Episode 150 of What Does This Button Do?

LIVE today, Sunday 8/12/18 2pm Mountain Time (4pm Eastern, 3 Central, 1 Pacific)




Chris Guld is President and Teacher-in-Chief at GeeksOnTour.com. She has been in computer training and support since 1983. She is now a Top Contributor for the Google Photos Forum, owner of the LearnGooglePhotos.com blog, and author of Mrs. Geek's Guide to Google Photos
She loves to teach! If you want to learn, you’ve come to the right place.