Important: When you open Google Photos for the first time, sign in to your Google Account, if prompted, and choose whether to turn backup and sync on or off.
- From the Home screen, tap
You'll see your local and synced photos and videos organized by date. If you see or on a thumbnail, it means that the media file is only stored on the phone and not yet backed up to your account.
- To switch to another view, tap , and then choose how you want to view your media files.
- Tap a thumbnail to view it in full screen.
- To view only the photos and videos saved on the phone storage and storage card, tap to open the slideout menu, and then tap Device folders.
Or, if you see tabs at the bottom of the screen, tap the Albums tab, swipe across the collection thumbnails, and then tap Device folders.