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Google has added private messaging to Google Photos. This means you can now message family and friends (or random contacts) without ever leaving Google Photos. Which makes it a lot easier to share photos and videos through Google Photos.
An Infinite Number of Ways to Communicate Online
There are now so many ways to communicate with other people online it’s difficult to keep track of them all. There are all manner of different messaging apps which allow you to chat to people, and lots of other platforms have messaging built in too.
That list now includes Google Photos, which has gained a simple messaging feature. Google’s idea, as detailed on The Keyword, is to simply make it easier to share your photos and videos with other people, but it also adds a social element to Google Photos.
How to Send Messages Through Google Photos
To send a message to someone on Google Photos, open Google Photos and click on the photo or video you want to share with someone. Click the Share icon in the bottom-right, and find the name of the person you want to send it to.
Now when you're sending pictures and videos to your friends or family, you can share them in an ongoing, private conversation in @googlephotos. ? Here’s how sharing within the app just got simpler ? https://t.co/aBDfhzSyyt pic.twitter.com/QJ2j0crME9
— Google (@Google) December 3, 2019
You can do this by either scrolling through your contacts or by clicking the Magnifying Glass and searching by name, phone number, or email. You can also create a New Group. Once selected, add a message to the photo and hit Send.
This starts a conversation thread. The recipient can respond with their own message, send a photo back to you, or like the photo you sent. You can write additional messages, add more photos to the thread, or click the Heart icon to express approval.
Everyone Should Be Using Google Photos
This definitely makes it easier to send and receive photos and videos through Google Photos. And giving people the opportunity to talk about what they have sent or been sent makes perfect sense. Especially as over 1 billion people now use Google Photos.
The ability to send and receive messages means we will have to update our list of amazing Google Photos features. And to be frank, Google Photos is so good that we can even list reasons to use Google Photos over iCloud Photos.