Of all the devices the modern smartphone has managed to kill off, the point-and-shoot camera has got to be right up there near the top of the list. And while it’s easier than ever to snap a quick but breathtaking photo or grab a minute or two of high-quality video, it’s what you do with those memories that counts.
In that spirit, here’s a list of tips and tricks you can use to make sure you’re leveraging Google Photos—which now has a billion-plus users—and all its powerful features to the fullest.
1. Back ’em up and clear ’em out
We’ve all had our lives turned upside down by the dreaded low-storage message popping up on our phones. And you know what’s probably the culprit? Photos and videos. They’re huge! One of Google Photos’ killer features is the ability to automatically back up your photos and videos for free at 16 megapixels for photos (which is pretty good) and 1080p full-HD for videos (also pretty good).