Join John Nack for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the three views (Assistant, Photos, and Collections), part of Tips and Tricks for Google Photos.
- So now let's jump in and actually look at Google Photos. The first thing you want to understand is how the product is set up. There are three main views you should know about. One, of course, is the photos view, which is where you see all your photos and movies that you've synchronized from all your devices. The second is the Collections view, which is where you see all your albums, as well as any movies or stories that you've saved. And the third is the Assistant, where you get status notifications and you find any creations that Photos has made for you. So, now let's go ahead and take a look. So, in the upper left corner, I'm going to go ahead and tap the menu icon, and you can see, here are the three views that I mentioned: Assistant, Photos and Collections.
This is also where you control things like your account login, and you can get into the settings, as well as view things like your shared links and the trash. So, in the Assistant, you can see various status messages that Photos wants me to know about. For example, in this case, I've already backed up all my files, so you can see that the backup is complete. In this case, it's also suggested a couple of compositions for me. So, here I took a trip the other day, and Google has made me a new story. Additionally, I went and shot some videos on the weekend with my kids, and you can see a new movie that's been created for me.
Now, I can always use the left-hand menu to navigate around if I'd like. But, I can additionally swipe. So, here's my main Photos view. I can see, as I mentioned, all the photos and videos synced from my various devices. If I scroll, I can go back to any time in history, and if I drag on this handle, you'll see me going all the way back to 1999. So, I'm scrubbing through about 70,000 photos on the fly. Not all of these live on my device, but they're all easily available from any platform that I'm using.
Now, to navigate efficiently, one of the nice things you can do is control the level of information you're seeing. So, if you go ahead and pinch, you can actually back out, and get all the way to this nice month view. That makes it really easy to traverse a lot of information quickly. Now, in other cases when you've found something interesting, you might want to pinch...and even pinch again, and get to, let's say a two-up view, where you can see a lot more detail. And so it's very easy to control your view on the fly, simply by pinching.
Now, I mentioned there's a third view, which is Collections, so if i swipe one more time to the left, you can see I'm in my Collections view, and here I see a mixture of my albums, as well as my movies and my stories. Now one nice tip is you can tap this control at the top, and if you want to find just a movie, just an album, or just a story, it's very easy to filter the Collections view to what you're looking for. So, in this case I can see just my albums. So there you see the three pillars of the Photos experience: the Photos view, the Collections view, and the Assistant view.
When you go to your desktop web browser, you'll see the same three views in the same places, and knowing this will make it really easy to get the most out of photos.