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Here are the reasons why:
# 1: Google Photos is faster and more convenient than your competitors
Google may not have the best results in maintaining some products, but Google Images is different. It has been around for years: first as Picasa Web in the 21st century, and then it was transformed into its current format, Google Photos, in 2011, and since then it has served users well. So unlike previous Google products (We still complain about the death of Google Reader), this one won’t soon be dropped.
Another advantage of Google Images is that it works effortlessly on all platforms: you can use Google Images with a web browser and get a stellar experience, but you also have Android and iOS apps that also do a good job. By comparison, we’ve tried alternative solutions that work well in the app, but didn’t offer such a fast and versatile experience when used in a browser, and if you use a lot of different devices to view your photos, this is an important consideration.
# 2: Google Photos makes photo sharing a lot easier than other services
One area where I think Google has really set the bar above the competition is just ease of sharing. Sharing photos, photo groups, and albums is so effortless and intuitive with Google Photos, and it’s just no other service. For example, you can easily manually select a few photos and create a web link, you can have custom privacy settings and everything in an instant!
You don’t have to worry about creating a separate album just to share a certain series of pictures, and you also know that the link is universally visible on all devices, whether the person is using it from their phone or a computer browser.
# 3: Google Photos “High Quality” packaging is excellent
When you set up Google Images, you can choose to download “High Quality” or “Original Size” files. While compression is a bad word these days, and many services like Facebook Messenger compress images to look awful, this is not the case with Google Images.
# 4: 15GB of free storage is still much more than the others
Now I realize you may be a little angry when they take your unlimited free stuff, but if we look objectively, you still get 15GB of free storage and that’s a lot more than other services offer.
Compared to space’s biggest competitor, Apple’s iCloud gives users only 5GB of storage for free, which is nothing. And other companies often offer even less: Dropbox only gives you 2GB of storage!
So yes, if you don’t have too many photos, free Google Photos storage is still best if you’re looking for “free”.
# 5: Search
Google often has a bad mouth at its often loose standards in terms of privacy, and recent reports suggest the company may have hidden important privacy controls deep in menus, making them harder to find and accessible to ordinary users. All this is true and important.
At the same time, however, we must acknowledge that Google is the leading search engine. When you have a collection of thousands of photos years and sometimes decades ago, you want them to be well organized and searchable. And yes, by chance, Google Photos is the best tool for that.
So these are my reasons why, despite the change in Google Photos terms, I’m not going to move away. I enjoy Google Photos too, and it has been a reliable home for my photos for years.