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So you can install and use a Google Photos app much lighter than the original

So you can install and use a Google Photos app much lighter than the original

If you use Google Photos to store and organize your photos and videos, you probably know that it is not a particularly light application . Although it depends on the use, configuration and device, the app may exceed the GB in size once installed and configured, something that, unfortunately, the owners of a low-end or entry-level terminal -especially when expanding the memory by microSD is not an option- can not be allowed.

Therefore, in its desire to improve the experience of users of limited resources terminals, Google has decided to transform the Google Photos website into a. Or what is the same, The Google Photos website can now be “installed” on your mobile, as a much lighter alternative to the original application.

How to use the Google Photos web as an app to save space

We have seen on other occasions that progressive web applications are web pages created to be used as complete applications , able to access advanced device resources such as sensors, push notifications and other functions. All this, while saving space since the app runs in the browser, and it is not necessary to install the entire package in the phone’s memory.

Google Photos has been the last platform chosen by Google to become PWA, thus offering a traced experience that we can find in the original application of Photos, with a much lower weight -about 300 kB instead of the more 1.3 GB of the original app- and a reduced consumption of resources.

To be able to “install” this version of the app, you just have to follow the following steps:

  1. From the browser, access the
  2. Open the browser menu and click on Send to the home screen.
  3. A notification will indicate that the web is being installing . When finished, the Photos icon will be on the main screen or the application drawer.

In this way, You can now access Google Photos through this new optimized web version , from which it is possible to configure automatic backup, share libraries, add effects to photos, and practically perform any existing function in the original app.