How to quickly find screenshots in Google Photos

Google Photos screenshots
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Don't you hate when you need an image immediately, but it's buried deep within your library? There's a handy shortcut for Google Photos that eliminates the hassle of digging around looking for screenshots. It should appear automatically and be relatively easy to find, but if it doesn't, you need to carry out a few extra steps to get it. Here's how you can quickly find screenshots in Google Photos.

How to quickly find screenshots in Google Photos

1. Open Google Play Store on your Android phone.

2. Search for Google Photos.

3. Update Google Photos to version or above.

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4. Open Google Photos after updating to check if screenshots appear at the top.

5. If you don't see the shortcut, take a screenshot.

6. Open Google Photos again and you will see the Screenshots shortcut on top of your gallery.

The screenshots shortcut appears automatically once you have updated Google Photos. Note that your Google Photos app must be on version or above to get it, though. Google started rolling out the screenshots tool on November 19, 2021, so it's very likely that your phone has already received this update. If you haven't, there's nothing to do but wait until your phone receives the feature.

To further improve Google Photos and how the app handles screenshots, Google introduced another tool in the March 2022 update. Be sure to update your Photos app to build version to find this tool in-app. Here's another way to get a hold of your screenshots quickly and easily in Google Photos.

1. Open Google Photos after updating it to build version

2. Tap the Search button in the bottom menu.

3. Under categories, tap on Screenshots.

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Google Photos is an outstanding specimen of a gallery app. Apart from mastering the art of displaying, backing up, and sharing your media files, it also makes for a brilliant photo editing app. Google's Pixel phones are famously good at capturing shots due to their powerful processing capabilities. Even if you don't own a Pixel device, you can still harness some of that image processing goodness via Google Photos.

Google Photos gives you 15GB of free cloud storage as part of your overall Google account's memory allowance without spending a dime. Then there are really cool features like sharing images in-app or designing and ordering prints, posters, or photo books of your images right through the Google Photos app.

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Namerah Saud Fatmi
Contributing Writer

Namerah Saud Fatmi is a contributing writer for Android Central. She has a passion for all things tech & gaming and has been an honorary Goodreads librarian since 2011. When she isn't writing, she can be found chasing stray cats and dogs in the streets of Dhaka or slaying dragons in the land of Skyrim. You can reach her on Twitter @NamerahS.