Google Photos introduces a monthly print service for $6.99
Google Photos is a great service for backing up the images you take every day. Because it holds so many of our memories, it’s also a good place for finding your favorite photos to print out. Google capitalized on this fact by launching a same-day print service in conjunction with Walmart and CVS. In the coming weeks, Google will offer a monthly premium print series.
The $6.99 per month service will provide subscribers with 10 high-quality photo prints, which are delivered to your doorstep. According to Google, the new service will use machine learning to suggest the 10 photos to print. Users can edit the photo selection before it’s shipped, of course, and also choose between matte or glossy finishes. A border can also be added to photos if you don’t like the edge-to-edge look.
Google trialed the service earlier this year before quietly shutting it down. The only major difference we can see is that the earlier trial was a little more expensive. During the trial, Google also gave Photos users a little more control, allowing them to tell the algorithm to prioritize certain categories, including people and pets or landscapes. It’s unclear if those options are available in the premium print series, but based on a recent leak, it doesn’t appear that’s the case.
Google said monthly subscribers can skip a month or outright cancel the service at any time, so there’s plenty of flexibility. In addition to simple prints, users can also turn their photos into postcards made from cardstock paper, so they should last a cross-country journey in the mail.
In addition to the new premium print series, Google said users can order 4×6, 5×7, or 8×10 prints through Photos for same-day pickup at Walgreens. Google Photos users could previously order same day prints from CVS and Walmart. Google said prints will have a glossy finish at CVS and Walgreens, and a matte finish at Walmart.
Google Photos has long allowed users to order photo books and canvas prints. Adding a premium photo service adds more convenience to getting prints, and brings back the fun of looking at physical prints, which can often feel much more tangible to something that’s digital. With the holidays on the horizon, Google’s new service arrives at an opportune time.