There's lots to wrap your head around in Google Photos, but the new Assistant feature is here to help.
Whether you want to check up on the status of your photo backups, see the Creations that Google Photos has made for you, or be alerted of space to be freed up on your device, Assistant is the place to go. It's just a tap, swipe or click away from your photo library, and it'll keep you in the loop with what's going on in the Google Photos world.
It's like an all-in-one notification center for everything that's happening with your photos, and it's quite useful. And here's how you use it.
If you just opened up Google Photos for the first time and got straight into viewing photos, you may have missed the Assistant area. You'll find the menu in the slide-in left panel of the Google Photos app or website, or by simply swiping to the right across the main gallery view.
The Assistant is appropriately named, as it's the one place where you'll get updates about what's happening with your Google Photos library. You'll get Google Now-like cards that show when photos are being backed up, whether the phone is waiting to charge before uploading, and when new "Creations" (formerly known as Auto Awesomes) are available to view and act on. You can even get notified when your device is running low on internal storage, and with a single tap clear out local versions of photos that have already been backed up to Google Photos.
Cards will each offer you different actions, but in general they'll be pretty basic — either act on the item with a tap on the function at the bottom, or swipe away the card to dismiss it. Some notifications in Assistant, such as a battery upload warning, can't be swiped away but will clear on its own once the function has been completed.
Most of the time Assistant will just sit idle with nothing available for you to act on, so over time you may not find yourself swiping over to it often. You can choose instead to have the Google Photos app give you a notification when there's something worth while waiting for you — just toggle on "notifications" in the app settings. You'll get standard device notifications for when something new in Google Photos wants your attention.
With Assistant at the ready, you'll never be left out of what's happening in your Google Photos library.