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Your Photo Albums on Android, iOS and PC: Here's How to Sync Them

Updated on August 21, 2016
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Hosting your photos on the cloud will allow you to be safe: in case your electronic devices get broken, you will be able to retrieve your photos uploaded online!
Hosting your photos on the cloud will allow you to be safe: in case your electronic devices get broken, you will be able to retrieve your photos uploaded online! | Source

Your Memories on the Cloud

If you are using an Android smartphone you'll surely have noticed the presence of an app called Google Photos. This app allows you to automatically upload all photos taken from your smartphone to your online Google cloud storage, so that you can have all your memories saved on Google servers and available for you at any moment: just login with your account and all your photos are there, ready to be opened. This will allow you to have access to all your photos without the fear of losing them (since they are securely stored on Google's infrastructure), and you will be able to access them from a PC: so every photo you take is automatically viewable on other devices in which you are using Google Photos! In addition every photo can be organized in albums, and you can even make customized flipbooks and write your own story by using your photos. Finally the Google Photos Assistant will automatically propose you collages and even videos with your photos: in general this service not only stores your memories for you and provide you with an easy interface in order for you to view your photos: it also automatically scans your photos and does the best in order you can get all the best from your digital memories. But Google Photos is also useful for another thing: making all your photos available between two devices running different operating systems.

Taking Photos with Multiple Devices

Actually the problem about having more than one device with camera is that, whenever you take a photo you'll get it saved on your device's memory. When you take photos with another device, these pictures will be stored on that device. This can be frustrating, as you will need to move photos from your devices to a central location. With Google Photos this problem can be solved, as all your photos are stored on the cloud, but is this only valid for Android devices? If you have an Android smartphone and a tablet with the same OS you will surely be able to use Google Photos on both devices. But what about... having an Android smartphone and an iPad for example? Apple uses iCloud in order to store your photos taken from the device and you will not be able to open your iCloud library in your Android device!

Your memories are something of special and having access to your photos from every device is one of the best ways to enjoy them.
Your memories are something of special and having access to your photos from every device is one of the best ways to enjoy them. | Source

An Introduction About Google Photos

When Your Photos Are Not Coming To Google...

... Google is coming to your photos! While it is true your photos hosted on iCloud will not sync with Android devices... Google Photos is not necessarily tied to Google's world! That means you can install it even on Apple iOS devices: just go to the App Store, search for the Google Photos app and install it. After having set up your Google Account, you wil be able to enjoy all your memories hosted on Google Photos even from your iOS device. And in addition, every photo you will take from your Apple device will be uploaded to Google Photos, just like all the photos you are taking with your Android device!

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Cooperation Between Two Different Mobile Worlds

The availability of Google Photos on multiple mobile operating systems demonstrates it can be possible to integrate two different types of devices (like Android and iOS ones) and sync them. In addition to Google Photos, you will be able to find also other Google apps on the Apple App Store: for example, Google Play apps (with exception of Play Store, which will work only on Android devices), allowing you to watch your Google Play Movies even from your Apple device or to listen to your Google Play Music! A good example of an achieved integration between two different systems. And you... do you believe you can enjoy a good experience with two different devices integrated or do you think you can only have Android devices or iOS devices, without having both?

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