Get started with Google Photos

When you automatically back up your photos and videos to your Google Account, you can find them on any device. Learn how to back up photos and videos.

Step 1: Open Photos

Go to Google Photos. If you aren’t signed in to your Google Account, click Go to Google Photos and sign in.

Step 2: Find your photos

When you open Google Photos, you'll find all the photos and videos backed up to your Google Account. Learn more about backing up photos and videos.

  • Scroll to see all of your photos.
  • On the left, you'll find a way to navigate through and do more with your photos.

Find a memorable photo

Think of a memorable photo backed up to your Google Account. Try to remember something in the photo, like a dog, the beach, or where you were.

  1. In the Search bar at the top, enter the name of something in the photo, like "beach," "dog," or "Paris."
  2. Press enter and you’ll find photos that match your search.

Learn how to find things in your photos.

Activity data settings

Further personalize your Photos experience

The activity-based personalization setting allows Google Photos to show you even more personalized memories based on how you interact with features in Photos. To further personalize your memories experience, Photos uses information like the types of memories you view or skip.

This setting is turned on by default, and you can turn it off at any time. If the setting is off, you’ll still have access to all of your photos and videos and will be able to enjoy the benefits of features across Photos, but you won’t experience additional personalization based on your activity.

To turn this setting on or off:

  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com.
  2. At the top, click Settings .
  3. Turn Activity-based personalization on or off.

Tip: If you turn off Activity-based personalization, your activity data that was used to further personalize your experience is deleted. This action doesn’t delete any content like photos or videos or affect your access to existing Google Photos features like memories and creations.

Learn about new features in Google Photos

New features are rolled out gradually. If you can’t find a new feature, check back over the coming weeks. If you still don’t find a feature, it may not be available in your country or region at this time.

Tip: If you still can’t find a new feature or want to let us know what you think about Photos features, you can send us feedback. Unfortunately, we're not able to provide individual responses to feedback. If you have a more serious issue or need to report abuse, learn how to block & report in Google Photos.

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