Latest Google Photos for iOS improves backup, frees up space, more

In addition to shared albums, this week’s release makes backup more reliable & up to 4x faster. Also:

There’s also a new way to free up space on your device – without losing a photo. Just navigate to Settings and tap “Free up space.” Photos that are safely backed up will be removed from your device’s storage, but will still be available in Google Photos.

Yes, you can finally stop worrying about running out of space on your phone.

Also in this update:

  • Chromecast support: Cast your photos and videos to your TV, even if they haven’t been backed up yet. And don’t worry – when you’re casting, people will only see the photos you tap on.
  • When selecting photos, you can now pinch to zoom in and out.
  • Performance improvements.

One thought on “Latest Google Photos for iOS improves backup, frees up space, more

  1. I tried showing photos on my TV with a Chromecast. What’s going on with color management? My images have embedded sRGB profiles, mostly to deal with the failure of Chrome to translate non-tagged colors to monitor space. (See for a long saga and unfathomable misunderstanding of the importance of color space conversion by Chrome developers.)

    On my TV using Google Photos the images were terrible! Is there some code attempting to “optimize” pictures by increasing the saturation? The same images displayed using the Chromecast screen saver looked ok. There seems to be different rendering of the same underlying data from the screen saver and the photos app.

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