Google Apps Tricks: You Didn’t Know About
Google Apps Tricks You Didnt Know About

Google Apps Tricks: You Didn’t Know About

so we all know Google is created making app but they suck big time at advertising them there are a lot of updates coming to the Google Apps after the Android 10 update plus you still have a lot of tricks hidden under the surface like the Google Photos bokeh mode, the Google assistant interpreter mode real-time train location in Google Maps and much more so here are some of the G apps features or tips and tricks you didn’t know about

Background blur(Google Photo)

in the recent new update of google photos you can now blur the background of images in case your phone doesn’t have portrait mode or you just forward to click the picture in portrait mode this option does come handy

firstly the pic needs to be a portrait so when you open a portrait pic in google photos with a distinguishable background you’ll get a small toast called background blur the moment you tap on it it will blur the background and you can even adjust the blur once done save the copy

interpreter mode(google assistant)

now moving on after I made the switch to pixel 3 I’ve been using the Google assistant a lot now if you ever visit the other part of the country where people don’t speak Hindi or English you can use the interpreter mode to quickly converse with local people

feeling lucky(google photo)

just a quick little one here if you remember the Google I’m feeling lucky search button there is something in Google photos as well just long-press the Google photos icon and there you go in case it doesn’t pop up anything for you you need to go out travel and click more pictures man

clipboard manager

so you might already know about the G board clipboard manager it’s there hidden away in the G board settings and quite an intuitive to use that’s why people still use third-party clipboard managers

but here’s the fun part I use Chrome’s shared clipboard manager it’s not exactly a clipboard manager but you can send a text from the phone to your desktop and here’s the best one you can send app links from your phone as well for instance this is our cool video which we posted on Instagram and I want to send the link to Priya on slack so instead of opening Instagram on my desktop again I just share the link using Chrome sent to desktop option’

for this to work you need to have Chrome Beta on your phone and enable these three flags on Chrome desktop

next make sure you have the same account sign in on both the device and sync turned on

share albums

suppose you went on a trip recently and all of you have the photos now instead of uploading them on Drive separately you can instance share it directly through google photos and you can go ahead and even add photos to it plus you can even chat within the app which is fun you can just spam everyone with notifications overall it is basically a private field

but a quick little tip if you share photos with random people make sure you enable the remove geolocation toggle

tag people

so you might already know about the google face tagging feature in case you don’t visit the album section and you would have a folder called people and pets here you can fight faces of people from your photos and it is insanely awesome like have a look at this picture it’s a side face of pihu so far out in the image and it can still identify it moreover you can even rename these faces

and directly ask Google assistant to search those photos for you

and in case if the algorithm messes up somewhere you can manually alter the face tags and replace them

but here’s the cool part due to the categorization of people by the face you can select all of their photos and delete all at once I mean you know who’s picked you have to delete the job gets easier

google map

, of course, Google Maps can show you your reservations hotel bookings everything under the same window but it can also tell you about your current train status let me show you suppose I want to go to Mumbai from Delhi so I’ll put the source and destination accordingly and now when I go to the train section and tap on the train name it shows me the live running status of the train all this data is pulled up from the Indian Railway database so it is updated and accurate

train timing(google map)

I also use it to manage my daily commute or commuting in general just search for the destination and it shows you the Metro route bus etc moreover it will also show you the timings of the buses and Metro this makes commuting so efficient back in Mumbai I used to use em indicator app or the DMRC metro app here but now it’s one App less on the phone plus Google Apps is working with the Delhi government to even map and show up 511 rickshaws stands within the app

measure distance

a little small little trick here is you can measure the distance between places here’s how you use it to tap on a place on the map and tap on the information card appearing at the bottom or just swipe up you will see an option called measure distance now drag the pointer to a place and it will show you the exact distance you can add multiple points and this way you can measure the perimeter of a park

in case things show up in miles you can change it to kilometers in the navigation settings

activaty controls

and lastly, if you’re worried about giving all your data to Google there’s a small legit way to stop that head over to the overly popular Google activity tab and here you can set up periodic or totally sync of data the only caveat here is you need to set it up separately for YouTube history Google Maps and Google Chrome search but post that your data will be deleted automatically

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