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The most important thing you need to get started with Google’s unlimited free photo storage

Published Jun 3rd, 2015 3:14PM EDT
Google Photos Desktop Uploader

Google’s unveiled its new Google Photos service during its annual Google I/O keynote last week, and the web has been buzzing ever since. Why? Google’s new service offers unlimited cloud storage for all of your photos and videos for the low price of absolutely free. Unlimited. Free.

It sounds too good to be true, and in one way it is, but it’s still an unbelievable deal for the majority of users. If you’re just getting started with Google Photos though, there’s a key app you might not know about.

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Google has Android and iOS apps for Google Photos that automatically upload all of the images you capture on your Android phone or iPhone. Those apps are obviously crucial to the service, but there are two more apps you really need to get started.

If you’re like most people, you probably have a huge library of photos on your computer. Google Photos offers unlimited storage, of course, so why not upload them all? Yes, you can upload photos from your computer by pointing your web browser to the Google Photos website, but there’s a much, much better way.

Head over to the Google Photos apps page and you’ll find links to download the Android and iOS versions, as well as a third app for either Windows or Mac, depending on which operating system your computer runs. Now install the uploader and let it run in the background, and your entire image library will make its way to Google Photos before you know it.

A link to download the app can be found below in our source section.

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Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.