Pics tips

Scan Images Using Lens, Copy Text from Photos

Google Photos now integrates the Lens feature. You can use it to scan your images and find visually similar results from across the web or copy and translate text from images. To use the Lens feature, open any photo in Google Photos. Then, tap the Lens icon at the bottom and wait for it to scan the image. If you can’t find the option, update the Photos app to the latest version from Play Store or App Store.

Make a Slideshow Movie from Templates

Google Photos uses machine learning to automatically create movies for you based on your recent trips or occasions. Thankfully, you can now create these movies on demand via the app or web.

  • Open the Google Photos app on your phone.
  • Head to the Search tab and scroll down to the bottom.
  • Click on Movies under Creations.
  • Tap Create movie.
  • Select between the preset themes for it to automatically create movies for you.
  • You can also create your own by tapping New film and manually selecting photos and videos. For preset themes, select the people or animals who should star in them. Google will automatically try to find the best images and videos, compile them with appropriate music and provide you with the full video within a few minutes.

Create Collages and Animations

Usually, Google Photos automatically creates cool collages and animations from your photos. But if you want, you can also create them manually from the Photos app, as follows:

  • Open the Google Photos app and head to the Search tab.
  • Here, scroll down to Creations.
  • To create a collage, click on Collages > Create Collage and select your photos. To create an animation, click on Animations > Create Animation, select photos, and videos and it’ll automatically create one for you.

Access Photos in Google Assistant

If you use Google Photos for backups, you can ask Google Assistant to see your photos. For example, I can say “Hey Google, show my photos” to see all the photos, or “Hey Google, show <name> photos from my photos” to see someone else’s. Remember to include “my photos”; otherwise, it’ll show photos from the web results.

Manually Edit Labels

Google is usually quite accurate with recognizing faces. However, if in case it mislabels people:

  • Open the Photo with the wrong labels.
  • Tap the three-dot menu at the top or swipe up from the bottom.
  • In the menu bar, you’ll see the faces of people in the photo.
  • Click the Edit (pen) icon next to them.
  • You can now remove and change the labels.

Add Unique Fonts To Your Instagram Bio

Maintaining a well-updated Instagram bio is the key to make your profile stand out. Of course, you can always add things like emojis, links to your work samples, etc. to give people a bit more information about you. But did you know that you can use some unique and cool fonts to make your profile look better? The easiest way to do that is by using websites that customize the texts for you. Here’s how you can do that –

  • Open the web browser on your mobile and go to the website called LingoJam.
  • As soon as you open the site, you’ll see a text box where you can enter your desired text.
  • The same bio text in different typefaces appears in the other text box.
  • Now, you can simply copy the text and paste it into the “Bio” section of your profile to give your profile a unique look.

Schedule Posts

This particular feature is only available for business profiles, but you can easily change your personal profile to a business one with just a couple of steps. You can do so by going to the options page on Instagram and tapping on “Switch to Business Account” option. Here, you’ll be asked to connect your Facebook page and once you do that, you will have successfully changed to a business account and get features like analytics, promotion, and more. Once you’ve switched to a business account, you can use an Instagram scheduling tool like Hootsuite to schedule your posts. Hootsuite is one of the most popular social media platforms out there, and it makes managing your Instagram business profile very simple. The options are pretty straightforward when it comes to using tools like Hootsuite, and in the free plan you’ll get the ability to add up to 3 social media accounts and schedule up to 30 posts at a time. Hootsuite’s subscription starts at ₹1,260/ month for a professional account and you can choose to splurge all the way up to ₹45,000/ month for a business account with which you can manage 20 social profiles, unlimited scheduling and more. You can also check out some other social media management tools like Buffer. Check out the Hootsuite website

Creating a collection of your favorite posts

As you may or may not know, Instagram already lets you save or bookmark your favorite posts. But did you know that you can create a collection of those posts? Yes, here’s how you can do it –

  • Tap on your profile and hit the hamburger menu icon on the top-right corner to see an option called saved.
  • Now, you can hit the “+” button to create a new collection where you can add photos from the ones that you’ve already saved.
  • You can now go back to your saved photos by following the same steps any time and add them to your library with just a tap of a button. Easy, right?

Pause, Rewind, Fast-forward and Skip Stories

If you don’t know how to pause, rewind, fast-forward or skip stories, watching Instagram Stories might become a big chore for you. Since most of the Stories have multiple cards, there will be times when some of them will be boring and some of them will be so interesting that you might want to rewatch them. In such situation, the above-mentioned tricks come in really handy. It’s also really easy to perform all these actions. Just hold to pause a story, tap on the left-edge to rewind, tap on the right-edge to fast-forward and swipe left to right to skip the entire story.

View Instagram Like Counts

We all know that Instagram is testing to hide like counts in many countries. Initially, the company started hiding like counts in Canada and further introduced the test to Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand. However, recent reports suggest that Instagram is now hiding like counts globally for many users. So if you have been selected by Instagram for the testing, worry not, you can still view your like count. You can install The Return of the likes extension (Free) on Google Chrome and can view like and comment counts instantly. I know, you will have to use a desktop computer to install the extension but there seems no other way. Nevertheless, go through our guide on how to install Chrome extensions on Android and check if the above extension is working on smartphones or not.