May 29, 2023
Dangers of Google Images |  How to rearrange your life

Dangers of Google Images | How to rearrange your life

Google Photos (or Photos) is a very powerful and easy to use tool for storing and organizing your photos and videos. However, it is important that you are aware of the risks associated with using the Service.

A 10-year journey in Google Images | what are you learning

Google Photos app on multiple devices

every year, Over a billion people use the Google Photos app To download and store billions of files. For many, the process is probably the same: You take photos with your phone and they are automatically uploaded to Google Cloud. You can choose the best photo and share it on WhatsApp or Instagram, then forget the others. The images join a constantly updated stream of data about his life, but digitally.

But let’s be clear: This shouldn’t be the case. Uploading thousands of photos and not taking steps to sort or manage them creates a number of privacy risks and makes it impossible to keep your photo collection usable and easily accessible in the future.
It’s time to stop hoarding personal information, you need to realize that Before things get out of control

Over the past six weeks, I’ve spent twelve hours deleting thousands of photos uploaded to my Google Photos account over the past eight years. In totalI deleted 26,774 photos and 1,200 videos.

During the process (and thousands of “delete” clicks), three factors emerged:

  • Unknowingly includes my photo collection Lots of sensitive personal information (about me and others);
  • You don’t need to keep a lot of photos, private duplicate;
  • Need to manage my group huge space in terms of GB;

The clutter of your archives, you may be overwhelmed

My collections, my dog, bad selfies, office memes

My photographic archives date back to the early 2000s, when everything was shot with the first reflex camera. There are tens of thousands of images – it’s impossible to say exactly how many – It is fully managed by Google.
Photos were first stored on CDs and then moved to Flickr before collections were limited to 1,000 photos, eventually coming to Google Photos around 2017.
I still remember when Google Accounts limited me to 15GB of storage, I started paying more.

In the collection are snapshots from family vacations as well as selfies or photos of me with friends. Photos of food and dogs abound, and let’s face it: What to do with the Tiramisu 2014 photo?
As phone cameras have improved (like the older samsung s20 or p20pro) and cloud storage has become seemingly endless, it seems like I’m taking more photos every year, and I’m not the only one.

Think about it for a moment: Google Photos contains an unfathomable amount of files Data about all of us: In 2020, the company reported saving 4 trillion, with 28 billion new photos and videos uploaded every week.

Deleting thousands of photos is a manual and tedious process. Using the Galaxy Tab, I scrolled through all the photos I had backed up over the past 15 years and tapped on the ones I wanted to delete. In one of my longest sessions, I deleted 1,600 photos in 45 minutes. Most of the broken photos were duplicates: instead of having 16 of me running along the Giulianova seafront, only the best two or three remained, maybe the one where I fell on the sand.

Not counting the thousands of deleted screenshots, I literally deleted over 6,000 useless screenshots of stuff to show friends or “it would be useful” – spoiler: it was never really useful –

Storage space is not infinite

Large files on google images
My storage space before cleaning for Christmas

Also, from a practical point of view, there is now more space in my Google account. Before you started deleting everything, you used Approximately 131 GB of storage space; I am now at around 45 GB.

It’s not known to everyone, but Google offers a few tools that help manage photos. You can archive photos if you don’t want to delete them or keep them in your main photo library.
for instance: Photos can be divided into albums (It’s too late for me, it took me a month to register).
Or consider storage management tools let you delete photos and files Large videos and get rid of blurry screenshots and photos.
You can also free up space in your account by reducing the size of your “save quality” photos, Especially for images that don’t interest us much But “they have to stay there”.

In short: a summary of how to organize your photos

  • Use organization features: Google Photos offers several options for organizing your photos, such as “Collections” and “Albums”. Use these features to categorize your photos and make it easier to find what you’re looking for.
  • Sync only important photosGoogle Photos offers automatic photo syncing, but this can lead to a backlog of unnecessary photos. Manually choose which photos to sync to avoid filling your account with poor quality or unwanted photos.
  • Use tags to make searching easier: Google Photos uses artificial intelligence to recognize objects and people in your photos and to provide automatic labels. Use these tags to easily find the images you are looking for.
  • Enable photo backup: Once you are logged into the app, you can enable photo backup from settings. You can choose to sync all photos or just specific folders. In addition, it is possible to choose the quality of the images to be downloaded (high quality or space saving).
  • Set up two-factor authentication, So you can keep your archives safe in case sensitive data is accidentally saved to your account

Recreating memories captured with a cell phone was fun Strong, I found moments of life that I wanted to remember and others that I wanted to forget; But what struck me was the huge amount of screenshots I had on my account.

My honest advice is Start immediately to reorganize and integrate a monthly archiving routine, like “Archive Mondays” where you move your most important memories into folders; Don’t get organized like me!

The Google Photos app is however pre-installed on all Android devices It can be downloaded here for PC, Android and iOS.

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