SHARE YOUR PHOTOS EASIER THAN EVER
Google’s superb new tool
Google has launched a new tool called Families that makes it easier than ever to share photos, reminders and events with your loved ones. It lets you add up to five contacts to your Family group. You can then share
items with everyone in your group with the click of a button. We’ll show you how to create your own group, then share photos, reminders and events using Google’s Photos, Keep and Calendar services.
Go to www.google.com/families, log in using your Google account, click Get Started, then click Create Family Group. You’ll see all your Gmail contacts listed. Click to select up to five contacts 1 . A dropdown menu 2 will appear next to any contact with more than one email address. To add people who are not in your contact list, type their email address 3 , then click ‘Add recipient’. Once you’ve compiled your group, click Send 4 .
Group members will receive an email invitation. They need to click Accept Invitation 1 within two weeks of receipt. After that, they need to click Get Started, Join Family, then View Family to see all group members. You’ll receive an email confirmation as each person accepts your invite.
STEP3It’s easy to manage your group. There are two ways to do this. In Gmail, click your profile icon at the top right, click My Account, then click the ‘Family group’ link in the ‘Account preferences’ section on the right. Alternatively, go to www.google.com/families, then click Manage Group. In both cases, you’ll see how many more people you can invite to your group 1 . Here you can also send invitations 2 , remove any members 3 and delete the entire group 4 .
To share things with your group, go to www.google.com/families, then scroll down to Google Calendar, Google Keep and Google Photos. To share photos, click the Go button beside Google Photos 1 . This takes you to the Google Photos website in your browser (but you can also use the following features in the Google Photos app).
Move your cursor to the top left of the first photo, then click to select it. You’ll now see tickboxes on your other photos, so click to select the other ones you want to share 1 (as many as you want), then click the share icon 2 . In the pop-up menu that appears, you’ll see a green ‘Family group’ icon with a heart at the top left. Click this icon to share your photos with your group. They can now access your photos and upload their own to the group.
We’ll now show you how to create notes that the group can collaborate on. Go to www.google.com/keep (or use the Google Keep app). Here, name your note 1 , click inside the ‘Take a note’ field, then start typing your note 2 . The ‘Remind me’ icon 3 lets you set a reminder (you can choose a time, date and place), while the palette icon 4 lets you add a colour to that note. To share the note with your group, click the Collaborator icon 5 , the ‘Family group’ icon, Save, then Done. Members in your group can now edit this note from their account.
To add events to your family group, go to www.google. com/calendar (or the Google Calendar app) and click the Create button at the top right. Here, name your event 1 , then fill in the details in the boxes below 2 (place, description, event colour, notification). Now in the Guests field, type family, then select the ‘Family (group)’ option 3 to share your events. You can set group permissions using the tickboxes below 4 . When you’ve finished, click Save 5 to share your event invitations. ●