Google launched its standalone Photos app at its I/O 2015 event, which includes social-media friendly features, improved search functionality and new editing tools. Google also added unlimited storage for save photos and videos on cloud. Now, the latest Android update that is being rolled out today, adds some handy features to reclaim storage space on your smartphone.
Dubbed as “Free up device storage,” the new feature can be found under Settings. This feature deletes the photos from your smartphone that are already backed up on cloud, thus helping you reclaim some storage space. The new feature announcement comes from Google Engineer John Elstone via his Google+ post. This will be a boon for Android smartphones that don’t have expandable storage option, including Google’s Nexus smartphones. Google says it will launch the feature for iPhone users too.
The update will also allow users to delete photos from SD-card, thus ensuring that there are no duplicates. And, to ensure that photos from handset don’t accidentally get deleted, the app will prompt to double-confirm with users before deleting the photos.
A new update is also rolling out to web version of Google photos. While photos uploaded in original quality are counted under Google Drive storage quota, photos uploaded under high quality come with unlimited storage space. Users can head over to photos.google.com/settings on their PC to downgrade previously backed up photos from original quality to high quality, and thus recover Google Drive storage.