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How to Install the Google Photos App

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With Google Photos you can back up unlimited photos and videos for free, providing they're smaller than 16MP and 1080p resolution. Anything over those guidelines will use up your free space and you'll have to purchase more.
Access them from any phone, tablet, or computer on photos.google.com. Your photos will be safe, secure, and always with you.
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To continue, we need to know what Operating System your smartphone or tablet has.

There are 2 main Operating Systems for smartphones currently available, Android and iOS. Google Photos has an app for both of them, but we need to know which you use to determine which version of the App you get.

Android Smartphone
Android smartphones are produced by multiple companies, such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC, and OnePlus. Example Android home screen.
iOS Smartphone
Apple is the only company that makes iOS smartphones. Example iOS home screen.

? Which Google Photos do you need to install?

  1. Install Google Photo app for Android
  2. Install Google Photo app for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch (iOS)

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With Google Photos you can back up unlimited photos and videos for free, providing they're smaller than 16MP and 1080p resolution. Anything over those guidelines will use up your free space and you'll have to purchase more.
Access them from any phone, tablet, or computer on photos.google.com. Your photos will be safe, secure, and always with you.
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To continue, we need to know what Operating System your smartphone or tablet has.

There are 2 main Operating Systems for smartphones currently available, Android and iOS. Google Photos has an app for both of them, but we need to know which you use to determine which version of the App you get.

Android Smartphone
Android smartphones are produced by multiple companies, such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC, and OnePlus. Example Android home screen.
iOS Smartphone
Apple is the only company that makes iOS smartphones. Example iOS home screen.
  1. Launch the Play Store on your mobile device.
    Google Play Store.
  2. Tap in the search box at the top of the screen.
    Google Play Store with Search bar highlighted.
  3. Search for "google photos" and tap on the found app.
    Searching for google photos
  4. Tap Install and then Open to use it.
    Installing the app
  1. Launch the App Store on your mobile device.
    Apple App Store.
  2. Tap Search in the bottom right corner.
    App Store Search Button.
  3. Search for "google photos" and tap on the found app.
    Google photos in the search
  4. Tap Get and Install, then Open to use it.
    Opening the app