Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) offers an Auto Backup feature to users of Google+, which automatically uploads a user’s photos from their smartphone or tablet to Google+. This feature works similarly to what Dropbox offers, which also automatically uploads your captured photos from smartphone to cloud storage.
Now, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) will soon allow you to add those uploaded photos to Gmail within a few clicks. As per the blog post, starting today, Google is updating the ‘Insert Photo’ button which is located at the bottom of Compose window. This button will now allow you to insert photos that have been backed up from mobile devices. When you click on this button, you’ll be able to see the same grid interface found on Google+, with separate tabs for recent photos and all of your photo albums. There’s also an option to upload a new photo from your PC, or from a web address.
If you upload your photos into albums on Google Photos, you can also share entire albums in any email. You can also resize photos by dragging in from the corners.
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This Auto Backup feature is available to users on Android and iOS, using which you can store your photos online. The best part is that once configured, you can have peace of mind that your photos are automatically uploaded online, so that you can access them from any device, anywhere.
From what it looks like, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is trying hard to push Google+ as a photo storage service similar to Flickr, 500px and Dropbox. This new feature will be rolling out today in Gmail on the web. You might not get this option just now, but you’ll get it in a day or two.