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How to use the archive feature in Google Photos

Archiving Google Photos
Archiving Google Photos (Image credit: Android Central)

Google has been steadily adding features to Google Photos, and a recent addition is the ability to archive images from your main stream. The feature comes in handy if you're looking to get your pictures more organized within Photos, or if you want to move a few images off the main view.

You can manually archive photos, and Google will also notify you to clear the clutter if it notifies a lot of duplicate images in your timeline. Archived photos still show up in albums and search, but it's an easy way to keep your main timeline free of clutter.

How to archive a photo in Google Photos

  1. Open Google Photos from the app drawer or home screen.
  2. Long-press on an image to select it, and continue to select all the images you want to archive
  3. Tap the action overflow button (three vertical dots on the top right corner).
  4. Tap Archive.

How to archive a photo in Google Photos

How to access archived photos in Google Photos

  1. Open Google Photos from the app drawer or home screen.
  2. Tap the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines on the top left corner).
  3. Tap the Archive tab to see all the archived photos.

How to access archived photos in Google Photos

  1. You can also add images to the archive by selecting the Add to archive button.
  2. Tap on the images you want to archive.
  3. Tap Done to archive the pictures.

How to access archived photos in Google Photos

How do you manage your photo library on Google Photos? Let us know in the comments below.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor covering Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone manufacturers, and writes about the semiconductor industry, storage servers, and audio products. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

6 Comments
  • I wish that Google Photo finds blurry photos and asks me if I want to keep it or delete it..:)
  • I would vote for that feature.
  • Same here
  • If they'd password protect the Archive feature then I might actually use it. Otherwise I've got a photo gallery app that'll be my primary for all my pics and I generally use Google Photo to archive (no pun intended) everything so I'm not carrying quite so many photos and videos on my device taking up space. I really use it as a catch all...
  • Archive implies the best photos. Many of the photos I see are badly exposed and/or blurry (as mentioned above). An AI function that would filter the fuzzy and badly exposed shots into an "I recommend you delete these shots and archive the others" would do wonders to get rid of the junk.
  • so far it's just photos or storage in another spot.