How To Solve Your iPhone Storage Issue Using Free Google Photos

So have you ever experienced the "Cannot Take Photo" screen message on your iPhone when trying to snap a photo?
You never can imagine the embarrassment awaiting you until you try taking a group picture at an event and suddenly your iPhone pops up “not enough storage” screen message.

It gets worst and annoying if you're the type that hardly delete pictures because almost all of your pictures are fine and you can't afford to lose them. So what do you do then?
Well, Apple has an upgrade plan of 50GB for ₦300 per month which is the least of its iCloud storage plans, so spending ₦300 per month to get a 50GB iCloud storage space is not a bad deal.

However, if you use an iPhone and you still cannot imagine paying Apple’s iCloud prices to sync your photo library then Google Photos app is just what you need.

With Google Photos you can free up 3.23 GB space from your iPhone, back up and view a lifetime of photos, and also automatically organize all your photos by people, places, and things all with quick view capabilities for the entire library right there on your iPhone while logged into your Google account.

Depending on the number of pictures on your phone and your internet strength, backing up photos to Google Photos is simple.
Selection of photos is so simple that you can select by drawing patterns.


If you are familiar with Google products, you will agree with me that Google has a way of making its products so simple and unique that even a layman can use it without stress. Google Photos is not left out. Its design is similar to Gmail, Google+, Google Docs and the rest of them. Google made sure the design is kept clean, simple and intuitive, with photos organised in chronological order and a single search bar located at the top.

Google Photos search bar is so unique that searching of items or photos are simple. Without tagging anything, you can immediately search for the location/city where you took the photos.

Disadvantages of using Google Photos (Privacy Concerns)

There is a popular saying that "nothing is free even in Freetown." One thing you should have in mind is that your photos are only safe and kept from the eyes of the public if and only if you don't post them publicly.

Google Photos might be free but it comes with little drawbacks, something that has to do with Google's terms of service. Here it states:
When you upload, submit, store, send or receive content to or through our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.
The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones.
Furthermore, if you opt for Google Photos, you will also have to accept some compression of images, something Google takes into account upfront when you start uploading your library on their service.
Presumably, Google uses the compression to extract data from the images, as the terms of service again state:
Our automated systems analyse your content (including emails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customized search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection. This analysis occurs as the content is sent, received, and when it is stored.
Google's terms of service is so direct that its former CEO Eric Schmidt famously stated:
If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.
Still on the issue of Google Photos setbacks, you can recall how Google in a twinkle of an eye withdrew its popular free Google for Work service which came as a shock to many users and how it without prior notice delete some Blogger blogspot blogs. I know of those days when Blogger was a thing for so many Bloggers, some lost their blogs along with hard time built content without because Google's terms of service warns users of publishing certain content on their blog. The same can happen to Google Photos.

How will you exactly feel if you had uploaded awesome photos in the cloud using Google Photos and overnight you wake to hear that Google has ditched the service and there is no way to retrieve your photos.

Finally, if you are a private person or you are a celebrity, I am sure you're very much aware how journalist hunger for your photos and the moment it's on the cloud it's already public the only difference is that they are retrievable (that's if you still have access to the service).

The very one good thing about the Alphabet owned company is that it's not going anywhere any sooner. Google has come to stay and so using their service while abiding by its terms of service will keep you in the game for as long as they are operational.

Like I earlier mentioned, another way to ensure your photos are not to a large extent exposed or altered is by using a paid service so that at any event of mishandle you can take legal action. Again, throwing open your wallet on Apple's iCloud wouldn't be a big deal. This time it's even cooler because you can now buy iCloud plans in Naira currency directly on your iCloud upgrade page.
Go ahead to learn more about Google Photos.

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