+Jaana Nystrom

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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Photos update in Android 5.0 Lollipop




With the launch of Lollipop, the Google+ Photos app will replace the Gallery app for the following Nexus devices: 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10.
Users do not need a Google+ account or sign-in into Google+ in order to use the Photos app.

Why the change? As you know, Google is continually improving the experience on Google+ Photos, and now for Nexus users, they’re consolidating photo viewing and managing to a single app for a better photos experience, plus some additional features, such as Auto Backup, if users choose to sign in to Google+.

Gallery app is available only for devices running Android 4.2 to 4.4. If your device is running Android 5.0 or higher, use the Photos app to manage your photos.





New:  Nearby photos stream rolling out!








FAQs: Click on the images to enlarge them.


Where is my Gallery?



With the recent Lollipop launch on Android, Gallery is replaced by the Google+ Photos app as the way to view and manage your photos. You can find all of the photos from your device in the Google+ Photos app, and you can access the Google+ Photos app without signing in to Google+ or even having a Google account.

This transition does not affect your current photos in any way, and you can use the Google+ Photos app the same way you used Gallery (plus additional features, such as Auto Backup, if you choose to sign in to Google+).

You can find out more about the Google+ Photos app here





Can I use the Google+ Photos app without using Google+? I don't want to use Google+!



You can use the Google+ Photos app to view and manage your photos without signing in to Google+ or even having a Google account.

Please note, your photos are private and will not be shared to Google+ or any social network unless you choose to share them.

I don't want to use the Photos app. I want to use Gallery!

With the Lollipop launch on Android, Gallery is replaced by the Google+ Photos app as the way to view and manage your photos. This transition does not affect your current photos in any way, and you can use the Google+ Photos app the same way you used Gallery (plus additional features, such as Auto Backup, if you choose to sign into Google+).

You can find out more about the features available to you with the Google+ Photos app in this helpful article 

If you prefer not to use the Google+ Photos app, please browse the Play store for other photo management options.


I disabled Google+. How do I use the Photos app?


To use the Google+ Photos app to view and manage your photos, please re-enable the Google+ app (more info here).
Please note, you can use the Google+ Photos app without signing in to Google+ (you just need it installed on your device) or even having a Google account.


I can't see my Picasa albums offline. What am I supposed to do?

You can view and manage your albums when logged in to the Google+ Photo app. We do not offer the ability to view albums offline at this time.

Learn more about Google+ Photos: Tutorial
To sync photos across your devices, use Google+ Auto Backup