iCloud Photos

How to transfer iCloud photos and videos to Google Photos

Google Photos Ready to Add

Apple introduced a new feature that allows you transfer your iCloud photos and videos to Google Photos. The service doesn’t remove any of your photos or videos from iCloud, it simply copies them over to Google Photos.

So if you’re interested in a third-party backup of your items or are planning to make a switch away from iCloud, this could make it easy. Here, we’ll show you how to get the ball rolling to transfer your photos and videos, the limitations you may run into, and a few other things you need to know.

How to hide photos on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Hide a Photo on iPhone X

You don’t always want the photos you capture displayed for all to see. You may have some that are not for a younger audience or others that may hold a surprise for somebody that you want to keep quiet. For whatever reason you have, you can easily hide pictures in Photos.

Here, we’ll show you how to hide Photos on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac and where to find them once you do. Plus, you’ll see how to unhide those tucked away photos should you decide to later.

How to automatically upload burst photos to My Photo Stream

Settings Photos Upload Bursts to Photo Stream on iPhone

If you’re one who uses the My Photo Stream feature in Photos rather than iCloud, there’s a small setting you might not know about. The setting is to automatically upload burst photos to My Photo Stream and can be quite handy.

Burst photos are terrific for making sure you capture the perfect shot. So instead of just one photo, you can take several with a tap. You then review and keep those you want from the burst. And since you can see and save the images on any device with My Photo Stream, you may want the photos from the bursts there by default.

Here we’ll show you how to automatically upload burst photos to My Photo Stream so you can work with them on iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

How to select burst photos you want to keep in Photos on Mac

Bursts Album in Photos on Mac

We explained to new iPhone users what burst mode is in the Camera app and how to use it. And with that, we showed you how to review all of the photos you receive with burst mode and only keep those you want.

But what we didn’t mention is that you can review burst photos from your iPhone on your Mac too. This is convenient because you can review on a larger screen, gather family around your Mac to review together, or simply do it when you have more time.

Here’s how to select photos from burst mode on iPhone when using Photos on your Mac.

How to easily search for images and videos in Photos on Mac

Search Photos on Mac

Finding photos of people, places, or things can become increasing more difficult as you snap more pictures. And if you don’t take the time to add keywords or descriptions, it can be even harder.

To help you locate the photos you want on iOS, check out ways to search for photos on iPhone and iPad. As for Mac, this article gives you handy ways to search for what you need in the Photos app.

How to sort photos and videos in the Photos app on iPhone and iPad

Sort Photos in Album iPad

One thing that the Photos app on iOS has been lacking is the ability to sort photos and videos in your albums. Luckily with the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates, that’s no longer an issue.

You can sort a couple of different ways in Photos within your Shared Albums and albums you create. This is a terrific feature that many have been waiting for, and if you’re one of the many, here’s how to sort on iPhone and iPad in Photos.

How to add captions to photos and videos in Photos

Captioned picture in Photos on iPad

If you want to add something descriptive to your photos and videos, whether to make them easier to find or to explain them better, you can include captions. With iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and macOS Big Sur, Apple brought the ability to add captions in the Photos app right on your device.

Adding the caption is easy once you know where to find the feature. So here we’ll show you how to add captions to images and videos in Photos.

How to mark up and annotate Photos on Mac

Photos Markup toolbar

Whether for business or fun, you may want to mark up a photo on your Mac. Maybe you want to call out part of an image, point to something in a photo, insert additional text, or use another type of annotation.

The Markup tool that you might be familiar with in other apps on your Mac is available in the Photos app too. So to help you, here’s how to mark up and annotate images in Photos on Mac.

I am finally overcoming my iCloud Photos fears

Since the dawn of iCloud Photo Library and the ability to store an entire set of photos in the cloud, I avoided giving up local control of my images. I think this fear spawned from a switch to Apple Music, when my local music library got mashed up with cloud music and ultimately led to essentially losing track of my actual song files in a series of computer hardware upgrades. With some encouraging, I stepped into iCloud Photos and I'm quickly loving it, but it was a little daunting.

How to create a slideshow on Mac in the Photos app

Full Screen Slideshow in Photos on Mac

While you can use Keynote or a third-party app to create beautiful slideshows of your pictures, you can also use the Photos app itself. The app offers flexible features for setting up slideshows on your Mac, letting you create a terrific presentation of your pictures in just minutes.

Here’s how to create a slideshow on Mac in the Photos app.