New Google Photos update allows you to share videos faster, here's how it works

New Google Photos update allows you to share videos faster, here's how it works
Google Photos has received a neat new functionality. Version 3.6 of the app now enables faster video sharing for users living in areas with poor network coverage. 

Here's how it works. Photos will first backup videos in a low-res preview quality. Naturally, the smaller size of the files will allow for quicker upload times. As soon as you're in an area with good coverage or a solid Wi-Fi connection, all low-res copies will be replaced with the original high-quality versions. 

Of course, this feature will also be useful even if you're on a faster network. We can easily see it being employed for the backup of 4K video clips which are quite larger than those shot in Full HD.

This lightweight preview approach isn't all that new for Google Photos. The functionality was actually first introduced back in March with version 2.11, but back then, it only worked with image files. 

If you want to take advantage of the new feature, make sure to visit Google Play and patch up to version 3.6 (link can be found below). It's important to note that the update is currently only available to the Android platform, but the iOS client should be updated soon. 

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4 Comments

3. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

Bring the option to backup while charging, Google you MotherF*Cker

4. jauling

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Google Photos used to only backup videos and store them in max 1080p. I noticed a couple months ago that my 1440p videos were stored in its native resolution, which is great! Do they now store videos up to 4k?

6. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1297; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I believe it will now backup at full resolution your vids and pics but it will count as part of your allotted data storage unless they were taken with a Pixel phone.

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