Google Photos vs Google Drive – Which One To Use

When it comes to photo management and editing, Google Photos is an outstanding tool and it is available for Android and iOS devices.  But for long time Google Drive users, there is a bit of confusion as to when to use Drive versus Photos and what each of them do when it comes to your photos.  Fellow Top Contributor for Google Photos, Scott Peachey, has put together an excellent video to explain how it all works together.

The video Scott put together is about 6 minutes long and it is a detailed explanation of what Google Photos can do, what both Google Photos and Google Drive can do, and what Google Drive along can do.  Even if you are well seasoned in both of these apps, Scott’s video is a great reminder on how these two apps interact with each other and how you as a user can use them to your advantage

Google Photos for Android

Google Photos for Android

for organizing your photos or editing them.

In the video, Scott points out that when it comes to photo editing for example, Photos is your app as Drive does not have the ability to do editing of photos.  If however you want to organize your photos into folders, Drive is your app of choice as Photos, while giving you the ability to create albums (think of them more-or-less as tags of photos), you can’t have folders in Photos.

As you may know, I am a Google Photos contributor in the Product Forums (a Rising Star) and like all of the Google apps, the product forums are a great place to connect with users and experts on these products to help you get the most out of them.

Give Scott’s video a watch and be sure to stop by the forums if you have any questions on Photos or other Google products.



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