How to organize your photo collection in Google Photos without going crazy trying: complete guide

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Google Photos is no longer what it used to be. We no longer have free unlimited storage. But it is still one of the best options on the market to organize our photographic archive, especially if we shoot with a mobile phone. let’s meet everything you need to find, in the shortest possible time, any photograph you are looking for.

In the days of reels organize our file it was pretty tough. In the digital world it is simpler, but in return we have thousands more photographs. There is no choice but to classify our images to find them just when we want to see them again.

We have already talked about different ways to classify or organize our images and find them in less than five seconds, although this time we are only going to use Google Photos, one of Google’s most careful applications that uses the benefits of artificial intelligence.

Organization of our photographs in Google Photos

The most important thing is to know how much space we have in our Google account to see if we can make the necessary backup to enjoy all the features that we are going to see below. As soon as we open our account, we have 15 GB of free storageand we can use it with all the company’s services, such as Drive.

If we want to save all our photographs we have several options. The simplest is to pay for more space. For example, to have 100 GB you have to pay €1.99 per month or €19.99 per year. Another option is to reduce the size of the photos that go to the backup to be able to survive with the free space, but as you are trigger-happy it is complicated.

Organize Photos

the old way

In this case I would bet on the High quality option to have a generous size. But I insist again, we will have no choice but to buy storage or forget about all the features of Google Photos.

Once our backup has been made, essential to be able to work with all the Google Photos tools, we are going to start organizing our photographic archive.

I have more than 170,000 photographs and this is how I organize my collection so as not to go crazy

Activate the geolocation of our photographs

Unless you do not share anything on your social networks, it is important to activate the geolocation of our photos to use this data for a perfect geographical classification. You will no longer have to remember when you were in Seville, but Google Photos will take advantage of this metadata to facilitate your search.


It’s clear where I am

So we go to Settings and verify that it is not active Remove geo location. In this way, these photographs will have such information available.

Add descriptions

As soon as we take the picture, we have all kinds of technical information and geolocation (if we have looked at the previous point). But to be more precise we have to add a description to our shots. You don’t have to write a novel, but the use of keywords is essential, something I already covered when I explained how to organize our photos with Capture One.

  • We mark a photograph to see it in full screen.
  • We click on the information icon that we find at the bottom.
  • Click on Add a description.
  • We write the description.

Use the AI ​​of Google Photos

This is where Google Photos stands out above programs like Adobe Lightroom, which lack this function (it uses it to recognize faces, but not for all types of objects). Once we have the backup, Google analyzes all the photos and recognizes the objects in the photo.

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The organization of the AI

It is only necessary to put cat, flower or whatever we are looking for so that we can quickly see what we are looking for, without much effort. Is not perfect, and some photographs may be forgotten, but you will surely find what you are looking for right away.

Benito Perez Galdos

Statue, Madrid, park… words that the AI ​​would find

If you have also made a description, with the guide that explains in adobe lightroom, you will be able to be more precise in your search and find exactly what you want. That is, you can put cat, Córdoba, flower and you will see your visit to the city’s patios without problems.

Group photos of the same person

Surely you photograph more people around you, your partner, your friends or your family. Thanks to the AI ​​we can activate the function Group similar faces. The only thing we will do manually is to name each group:

  • Let’s go to Settings.
  • Check Group Similar Faces.
  • And don’t forget to turn on Face Grouping.
  • It depends on the volume and size of our photographs, we wait from a few minutes to a few hours for Google to finish.
  • In the Albums section we will see the new People.
  • The last thing is to give a name to those albums.

Let’s not forget that we can also take advantage of this technology to work with our pets, since it also recognizes dogs and cats.

Organize more precisely with the help of albums

By default, Google Photos creates albums based on what it has detected in the image. It is better to search our shots in this way than with the chronological order that it has by default. There you have the cities you have visited, the parties you have enjoyed and your whole life.

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an album in action

But if you want to have an album with your best works, don’t forget to mark the star to send it to Favorites. This ‘folder’ will serve to have everything good in a single space. Star rating is more comfortable (or at least I’m more used to it) and the name changebut if you just want to have the good memories together, this option is the best.

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With these five actions we will have all the photos organized in our Google Photos and we will achieve the most important thing, not waste the whole afternoon looking for one or the other. Of course, from time to time, on subway trips that you don’t know what to do or at night before going to sleep, don’t forget to delete all the bad photos you have. It is a good exercise and also allows you to improve as a photographer, so the benefit is great.

Google Photos is no longer what it used to be. We no longer have free unlimited storage. But it is…

Google Photos is no longer what it used to be. We no longer have free unlimited storage. But it is…

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