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paulz
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# Posted: 23 May 2021 13:44
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I take photos with my Android phone, but because I have ten thumbs I send them to my laptop (Chromebook) to enter text and send them out. I do this by emailing them to myself. Should I be able to do this via Bluetooth or some such? I tried turning on Bluetooth on both devices but the don't see each other.

ICC
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# Posted: 23 May 2021 14:05
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NorthRick
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# Posted: 23 May 2021 14:06
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I have an iPhone but I transfer photos from my phone to my laptop with a usb cord.

ICC
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# Posted: 23 May 2021 14:06 - Edited by: ICC
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USB cord works great, fast

I have an unlimited plan and usually have the phone or tablet upload to One Drive automatically using data. That sometimes takes while depending on connection speed. Works great when I am home and it switches to w-fi

paulz
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# Posted: 23 May 2021 20:43
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Ok I'm testing Google Drive. Sent a photo to it from the phone then found it on the laptop. And here it is!

Thanks!
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moneypitfeeder
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# Posted: 24 May 2021 19:10
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If you set up google photos on your phone all the pics taken from your phone will automatically go to the "photo cloud." Here are the instructions: https://support.google.com/photos/answer/6193313?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&hl=en

I have mine set up 'cause I hated having to bluetooth or direct wire connect my cell and move them over. Now that they are automatically in google photos all I have to do is go there on my laptop and they are already available.

paulz
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# Posted: 24 May 2021 20:09
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Thanks MPF. What's the difference between Google Drive and Google photos? I'm back in the city now on my desktop, got on Drive and there is the picture I took above that went from my phone to my laptop at the cabin. Pretty cool.

So they give you all the cloud storage for free? They must be getting something out of it.

jsahara24
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# Posted: 25 May 2021 08:54
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I like google photos b/c of its search feature. You can search a location, or something like "fishing" or "atv". Works better than I expected, but since I have the last 5 years of pics it comes in handy...

They upload smaller versions of the pictures to photos, I haven't hit my limit yet but i believe there is one....

I guess marketing/advertising is how most of these tech companies make money.....

moneypitfeeder
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# Posted: 25 May 2021 09:06
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Drive you can put anything there documents/pdfs/photo etc. Photos is just photos or movies. They can make a couple bucks if you ever use their "print store" to make a picture book/print photos/canvas prints. Photos also has basic tools for editing the images. The cloud space is shared between all things Google, so unfortunately it isn't extra space, unless you let it pull as a compressed image, and then it is unlimited and doesn't count against your Drive space. I use both, I just like that photos pulls my phone images automatically. Here's a comparison of the 2: https://www.systoolsgroup.com/updates/google-photos-vs-google-drive-which-one-is-bett er/

jhp
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# Posted: 25 May 2021 09:45
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Quoting: jsahara24
I guess marketing/advertising is how most of these tech companies make money.....


If you aren't paying for the product, you ARE the product.

paulz
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# Posted: 25 May 2021 11:37
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Boggles my mind that with all the millions of cell phones in the world taking photos there's a place out there to store them on, and free. In the '80s I worked for a company that had an IBM mainframe computer. The disc drives were the size of a refrigerator and held 1/3 of a GB iirc.

I read the link MPF. Sounds like photos might be the way to go for me, I'll check it out.

Thanks guys.

paulz
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# Posted: 3 Jun 2021 17:43
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Well I haven't had to plug the usb cable in for awhile.

Still going between Google drive and photos. When I select files in the computer menu it shows me google drive but not Google photos, I have to pull up the photos web link to access. Is that normal?

I have Windows 10 at home and a Chromebook at the cabin.

jhp
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# Posted: 4 Jun 2021 09:42 - Edited by: jhp
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There isn't a client for Windows 10 that I am aware of, you have to use the browser. You might be able to configure Google Drive to show you Photos. Try this:

Once you integrate Google Photos and Google Drive, all your photos will be shown in a special Google Drive folder called ‘Google Photos.’ To make this possible, do the following:

Open Google Drive in your web browser.

Go to settings (little gear icon in the upper left part of the screen).

Check Create a Google Photos folder, under General.


Save changes.

There's a screenshot about 1/4 of the way down the screen here:

https://windowsreport.com/google-photos-windows-10-2/

paulz
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# Posted: 5 Jun 2021 18:26
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Thanks jhp, just got back to my desktop. I don't have that Create Google Photos folder in my settings for some reason, as shown in that screenshot. Here's mine.
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