Spruce up albums in Google Photos with captions, maps, and detailed locations

The server-side update will let you add in extra details to spruce up your photo albums.

Google Photos is built to be the hub for all your pictures, which so often come from vacations and other travel opportunities.

That usually produces a lot of pictures and video, as the convenience of your smartphone means you’re likely to snap and record with reckless abandon. Some new features in Google Photos tries to further organize some of these collections.

The latest feature is designed to add some more personalization to those curated collections, as you can write in captions and add a map that retraces the journey in more detail. The changes generally match up with some hints in the code uncovered earlier during an Android app update.

The changes are a server side switch, which means you don’t need an update from the Play Store. While I haven’t been able to trigger such changes in the Android app yet, they do show up in the desktop version on the web. Such a massive rollout usually takes a little time, so if you don’t see anything yet just hang tight.

The impact on you: The major claim to fame behind Google Photos is that it will automatically organize your images and make them searchable, killing off the need to drag and drop thousands of photos into individual folders. This means relying on Google’s machine learning and image recognition capabilities, which are pretty great, but always run the risk of creeping you out. In practice I’ve found Google Photos a helpful companion, so the new tools are definitely worth exploring.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Googlephotos

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Derek Walter

Unknown Publication
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?