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How to access Google Photos on any device

Get started with Google Photos on any device!
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October 19, 2022

Google Photos allows you to access all your photos and videos from anywhere. After taking your pictures and videos and uploading them to Google Photos, they become available on whatever device you can access the service from. Let’s go over how to access Google Photos on any device.

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THE SHORT ANSWER 

To access Google Photos on your phone, download Google Photos from the Google Play Store or iOS App Store. Open the app and log in with your Google account. In your phone's settings, provide it with the permissions necessary to access your files and media.

To access Google Photos on your computer, go to the Google Photos website.


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How to access Google Photos on your phone

Having Google Photos downloaded on your phone serves the same function as a Gallery app. You can view your photos and videos from within the app, share them with other people, download photos from Google Photos, and upload photos via Back up and sync. You can choose to delete photos from your device or delete them from the platform entirely, all from your phone.

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Open the Google Play Store (Android) or App Store (iOS) if you haven’t done so already. Search for Google Photos and download it. After you have downloaded Google Photos, you can start accessing all of your photos and videos from it. Make sure you log into your Google account, which will allow you to access your photos and videos from anywhere.

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Additionally, make sure to give Google Photos all of the necessary permissions. Go into your phone settings and select Apps and notifications. From there, find Google Photos and make sure it has the correct permissions for your files and media.

If you want to upload photos individually, you can open your mobile browser and go to the Google Photos website.

How to access Google Photos on your PC or Mac

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If you have uploaded or synced photos and videos from your phone to Google’s servers, you can see and manage them from your computer. To do this, open a browser, go to the Google Photos website, and log in with your Google account.

From here, you can click on any photo or video to manage it. You can delete content here, upload photos and videos from your saved files, share things from Google Photos, and more.


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FAQs

In terms of permissions, Google Photos will need permission to access your files and media to store your photos and videos in the cloud. If the app cannot view your files, there is no way for you to access and manage your photos from within the app.

Yes, Google Photos is available on the iOS App Store. It functions identically to the Android version.

Up until 2019, Google Photos would automatically sync with Google Drive. However, this has since been changed and, today, Google Drive and Google Photos are two separate entities. They do not automatically sync. However, you can download Backup and Sync, and this will allow you to choose whichever folders you want to automatically sync with Google Drive.