Google PhotoScan Update Brings Auto Saving to Google Photos

Google PhotoScan, the app for scanning older photos to save digitally, has a new update rolling out that brings several improvements.  The new build is version 1.5 for those keeping score at home and is rolling out into the Play Store today.

The first change that users of PhotoScan will likely appreciate the most is the automatic saving of scanned photos to your Google Photos account.  Previously, when you scanned a photo, it was saved to its own library on your phone and you had to then manually sync that library with Photos.  Now when you scan a photo, it is automatically saved to your Google Photos library, eliminating the manual step.

Second, and related, when you are in the PhotoScan app, you will see previous scans in the app.  This is another improvement that more-or-less gives users a record of their scans.  In the previous version, once you saved a scan, it was removed from the PhotoScan app.

Finally, there is a significantly improved cropping tool in Google PhotoScan.  Once you have completed a scan in the app, you can go into the editor and adjust each individual corner so you capture the entire photo and eliminate any frame that might be around it.  This is particularly handy on older photos or smaller photos where the app may struggle a bit to sort out where the photo ends.

If you haven’t given Google PhotoScan a try, you can do so by downloading the app from the Play Store.  It is free and is great if you have old photographs that you want to save digitally or want to more readily share them with friends and family.  It is a very easy app to use as it guides you step-by-step on scanning your photos and can even eliminate glare from glass over images (no more removing photos from frames!)

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