Google+ Photos Creates and Tells your Story with a Tinge of Awesome!

A high quality Wide View Panorama Photo of Nairobi's Skyline taken from the top of KICC on a Nexus 5 device (Image: Kevin Keya)

Ever had the wish to relive your most memorable moments? That moment when you came into contact with a life – changing or heart – warming experience? Better still capture it on camera?

You would agree that such moments are hard to come by, especially in these modern days.

These days, we seldom have time for other people, let alone ourselves or even family. Life is perpetually hectic every day. The hassle and bustle of the city people is ridiculously strenuous and so any memorable moment that we experience, automatically becomes the highlight of our life at that time. We then keep these memories on our phones, tablets and computers but never get to tell the story.

Google+ Stories, helps you create the story and relive the moments and share with your friends. Google+ Photos is here to help you tell the stories of your life, and more importantly securely store these memories. With Google+ Photos, you can share your memorable moments on your smartphone, tab or computer with the people you choose.


Once you take photos, the Google+ Photos automatically backs them up in the cloud and lets only you, and those you allow, have access to them. Auto backup is available on both Android and iOS mobile operating systems.

The backup process also includes photos you take with your device’s camera and photos you download onto your phone or computer. The beauty of this is that in the likely event that you lose your phone, you will be able to recover your photos up to the moment you lost your phone.

For you to back up your photos, you need first to activate the auto-backup function in your Google+ settings and have a data connection. Google will then be able to tell the location at which the photo was taken and create a story for you.

To enjoy the Google+ Photos even more, you can use other applications such as Field – Trip. Field Trip allows you to plan your trip by showing you the key locations such as hotels, recreation grounds, roads and or resources along your route. This will definitely make your story interesting as you will not miss any spot, destination or landmark in your story.

What’s more, the Google+ Photos has a host of features that allow you to enhance your photos and manage them so as to achieve a memorable experience.

For example, you can add special effects on your photos and videos by using Auto Awesome. Auto Awesome allows you to use special effects, like falling snow or Graphic Interchange Format (GIF) animations.

With Google+ Photos, some of these may be automatically added to your photos. If you have an Android device, you can choose to add some of the effects to any photos you choose. If you are worried about the security and privacy of your photos in the cloud, Google assures of complete encryption that let’s only and those you allow to access the photos in your drive. Remember, you can only enjoy this if you have a Gmail account or if you use the Google apps for business.

Using features like photosphere, you can take your photo in 360 degrees. The feature allows others to freely look up, down and all around to explore the entire scene of your photo. It creates an immersive experience like no other and is ideal for photographers or outdoor enthusiasts. Depending on the device you are using, you can capture a wide view panorama and not miss a spot in your memory.

The auto enhance feature on the other hand makes subtle adjustments – like removing red-eye and improving lighting – and help your picture look great. If you add a sequence of four or more photos, the GIF feature will generate an animation for you and make your story even more exciting.

With Google+ stories, you will always have a story to tell. All you need to do is capture your moments in photos and video and you are good to go.