Look Ma No Cables - Google Plus Instant Upload

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Isn't it great to have a camera with you all the time - yes I'm talking about the one on your phone. The current generation of phones take decent pictures. You can capture moments to remember as easily as reaching in your pocket (or purse) for your phone and click away! But besides viewing the photos just on your phone, you want to see them nice and big in a slideshow on your computer screen and share the best ones.

You know how it goes though. Dig out the good old USB cable and go through the hoops to find and copy the files from your phone to your computer... turns into "... I'll just do it later" (turns into way later or never). Well let me introduce you to the instant upload feature in google+ app on your phone (Android/iPhone).

Your photos are automatically instantly uploaded to "the cloud" for you and all you have to do is go to your google+ photos page to view them (look ma! no USB cables!). Important to note, these photos are visible ONLY TO YOU (they are not public, don't worry). Instant upload also includes any video clips that you have taken also.

After viewing them online, you can pick the best shots and share them to your google+ friends simply by clicking on specific photos to SELECT THEM and then clicking the share button (or you can click the "add to album" button to create a little more organized container to share the photos by). Either way, your friends will be able to experience some of the great moments from your day.

To get started, you first need to install the google+ app on your phone. Once you have installed it, go into the settings screen on the app to check a couple of things. First, make sure that "instant upload" is turned on. Next, set to upload when on wi-fi only if you are concerned about going over your carrier data quota for data used. This way works just fine. When you are home (or your other favorite hot spot), that is when your photos will be uploaded to the cloud. That's also the time you are at your regular computer anyway and the time that you want to view them on the larger screen. (note: I have found that usually 5 to 10 minutes from when I am on my hot spot, I can go online and find them. The app also notifies you when the new photos are up.) Android, the uploads happen in the background automatically whether google+ app is running or not. On an iPhone, I understand that you may have to simply open the G+ app for the photos sync to initiate. (iPhone users, I'm sure you will test and let me know how that goes!)

Now iPhone, I realize you have "Photo Stream" as a part of iOS 5. This is good too. Once you have set it up, your photos instantly sync to all your devices (including your Mac or PC computer). Once they download to your computer, they are kept without expiration. However, these files are only kept on the cloud for 30 days and caps at a count of 1000. Google has you on that feature though. For Google, there is no time expiration or total count to max out at. In either case, there is no cost for these services and you should be using one OR both. Now you at least you know you have a choice (but you don't have to tell me that you didn't know about photo stream already, you can keep that your little secret)

Photos in the cloud, what WILL they think of next? :)
I do hope that you learned something today.

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Tammy Emineth
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I really love this feature. Google did a commercial recently about a guy loosing all his photos... but NOPE.. they were all carefully kept safe on the cloud in Google+. I know that I don't have to attach my phone to my computer any longer (cause it takes way too long to charge that way, anyway) and they are just there when I need them. I love that... then I can do whatever I want with them.. include shove them over to facebook! LOL...

April 29, 2012 06:03 AM
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Great stuff, thanks.  I am going to send this to a friend who might not know about it.

April 29, 2012 06:05 AM
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Larry - it is amazing :)

Gene - I charge mine with the wall adapter, seems to go faster 

Janis - even if you don't post to g+, your photos are safely there for you to see! :)

Jon - love to share stuff I think is good, glad to see you

Denise - hope you enjoy using the new idea! :)

April 29, 2012 06:27 AM
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Doug - if you have iPhone, you can double click your home button and the unlock screen will have option to go straight to camera mode (I have yet to find the equal in android)

Tom - google provides us with some great tools, I'm always impressed with them

Debbie - it is great just to go to the photos page and there are all the latest pics!

Wallace - I'm really loving my android phone, just have to discover what it can do! :)

April 29, 2012 06:36 AM
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Fernando - apple + google - competitors and in many ways we win for the innovations (could do without all the patent issues and lawsuits though wasting captial could be much better used!)

Ginny - wheter you go photo stream or instant upload, either or both, you will like photos on the cloud

Tammy - I have never lost a phone or camera, but it would be terrible to have lost irreplacable memories caught in the photos. I feel much better knowing they are backed up in this effortless way. Now if google+ had a post to facebook button too, well don't hold our breath on that one. :)

Lyn - glad you liked and found it shareworthy :)

April 29, 2012 06:42 AM
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Craig: Thanks so much for sharing. I have an iPhone and have been a little confused as to how to NOT have the photos on my computer (thousands of 'em) sync with my phone. I think that using google will do the trick.

April 29, 2012 07:13 AM
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Thanks Craig - just switched to iPhone/iPad last week and didn't know about this yet.

April 29, 2012 07:32 AM
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Craig - thank you for keeping us update to the new technologies.

April 29, 2012 08:17 AM
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I just discovered this about a month ago. What a time saver.

April 29, 2012 09:18 AM
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Craig,

I always learn something from you!  This is great to know. 

Have a wonderful day!

April 29, 2012 11:09 AM
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Craig... I did learn a lot today... but I will Bookmark this and study it when I have more time.. Thanks for the info... I gotta get this Cloud Stuff down... - Beth

 

April 29, 2012 12:21 PM
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Craig,

I am a pro photographer with a very expensive camera, but unless I am "working" I use my iPhone all of the time to take photos.  Love this app!  Great tutorial! Thanks!

April 29, 2012 03:25 PM
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Virginia Dean
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Thanks Craig.  I am constantly struggling with the fact that developers aren't developing for Android, so this let's me handle those pictures much more quickly and efficiently.

 

Thanks for all you teach us.

 

April 29, 2012 03:59 PM
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Hi Craig,

I have installed this and it is pretty awesome, however there is so much of google plus that I am not using.  I need a lesson.  How about a class on that???  By the way, I would love for you to go check out my AR page.  I have re-done it and used everything I learned from your Graphics class. Smile!

April 29, 2012 04:40 PM
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Francine Viola
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Fantastic information!  I love my iPhone and Google+.  I'm testing this out right now!

April 29, 2012 07:36 PM
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Craig- Another excellent post. I just signed up for Google+, so looking forward to getting my best out of it. I am in pursuit of making sure Clarksville TN real estate shows up on the Google top search page with my name on it. It will take awhile but I'm determined.

May 04, 2012 09:25 AM
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This sounds so much easier than emailing the pictures to myself and downloading them onto my computer. Thanks!

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Done! Thanks for the step by step Craig. I tested it, edited it from google + with all the picnik tools I know and love. I will try it with listing photos later today.

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Took a little practice to get used to using google+ with photos but it is really a great app and is quite useful and editable, too. I really like it.

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