Google Photos now lets you easily find your recently uploaded pictures on Android

Google Photos now lets you easily find your recently uploaded pictures on Android

Google Photos is one of the best apps to preserve and relive your memories, and it keeps getting better with each update. Google recently rolled out a redesign to the Photos app on Android and iOS, adding a simplified bottom bar, a map view, and a new rounded logo. With the update, Google Photos also received a Search tab at the bottom to look up images based on the location, scene, or faces of recognized people in them instead of scrolling through the feed. Another clever feature was added to the Search page, and it lets you look up images that have been recently uploaded to Google Photos’ online storage or shared with a contact.


The Recently Added filter is available on the Search tab under the Your Activity heading right below the Things sections. When you tap on it, the recently uploaded images show up and are sorted by date of upload and not the date of capturing.

The feature can be really useful in cases when the EXIF data is corrupt or unavailable, the image is old, or taken with a camera and uploaded to Photos externally. It should also be useful if you prefer keeping the automatic backup off and selectively upload only the images you need or want to save for the future.

Images by Dr. Rita El Khoury/ Android Police

Interestingly, the Recently Added filter has been available on the Google Photos website for about two years now. As for the mobile apps, David Lieb, product lead at Google Photos, assured that the feature would be “coming soon” last year – and it is finally here; don’t mind the year-long delay!

Do note that to be able to use the feature, you must have the redesigned Google Photos app. It is gradually rolling out to users but not available for everyone. Although it is a server-side switch, you must be running at least version 5 of the Photos app. My personal and work accounts are still running the older UI – and if yours haven’t updated either, that makes the two of us waiting for a bunch of new features.

Google Photos
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free

Via: Android Police

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Tushar Mehta
Tushar Mehta

I am a Senior Editor at XDA. I have been reviewing gadgets for over five years and gained experience by working for prominent tech publications in India before joining XDA. I enjoy fiddling with all smart objects and my love for software customization dates back to the Symbian S60 days. I like to devote my spare time idealizing the romantic union of technology and philosophy or spacing out on Pink Floyd. You may email me at [email protected]

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