QUESTION: I have years of pictures and videos on Google Photos and want some advice on getting them organized.
ANSWER: By default, Google Photos will display your images and videos in chronological order with the latest ones at the top, but there’s much more you can do with the application.
Google has incorporated very sophisticated “machine learning” technology to help you find specific images in a sea of photos.
By default, it will group media into various categories such as Places, Things, Selfies and Videos that you can access from the “Search” screen of the mobile app or the “Explore” link of the web interface.
One of the most powerful tools will group images based on facial recognition, which you’ll have to opt in to use.
On your mobile app, click on your profile picture in the upper right, go to the “Photo settings” link then look for the “Group similar faces” option to toggle the feature on or off.
While you are there, you can select “Show pets with people” if you’re like me and have a mountain of images of your animals.
Once all your photos have been processed, you’ll be able to click on any of the faces to see all of the images that include that person or pet.
As you would expect, the powerful search algorithms that Google has developed for web surfing are also available when you are looking for something specific in your images.
Just about anything you can identify in a photo, or the location where it was…