Top 5 Google Photos Alternatives You Can Use

When we talk about gallery apps on Android or iPhone,you’d agree when I say that Google Photos is arguably the best solution. It packs in some really cool features, like unlimited free backup to Google Drive (in limited resolution), great search capabilities, ability to create movies & collages, a trash folder etc. While there’s no doubt that Google Photos is the most intelligent gallery app out there, the app does have its share of problems. For instance, people have reported delayed backup bugs, along with a problem when it comes to downloading specific photos. So, if you are someone who wants a more simpler gallery app, we have you covered. Here are the top 5 Google Photos alternatives you can use on your Android device or iPhone/iPad:

1. Prime Photos from Amazon

The Prime Photos app from Amazon is the best Google Photos alternative out there. The app mimics a lot of useful Google Photos features. If you are Amazon Prime member, the app lets you store unlimited photos and you can share the photo storage with up to 5 people. Just like Google Photos, Prime Photos does not require any tagging and lets you find photos by searching for people, location or even things. It even lets you upload photos from anywhere. Another feature similar to Google Photos is its grouping of photos through face recognition.

Prime Photos Amazon

To sum things up, Prime Photos is very similar to Google Photos and in fact, the interface is pretty similar too. If you are not an Amazon Prime user, the app offers a free 3-months trial for unlimited storage, after which you will have to pay $59.99/year.

Install: Android, iOS (Free)

2. Piktures

If you find the Google Photos app tough to navigate, you’ll definitely find the Piktures app a lot more intuitive. The Android-only app is arguably the best third party gallery app on the Play Store. The app supports various cool gestures to navigate the app, along with different views like calendar view or location view. While the app lacks the intelligent search features or unlimited free backup, it does bring some really cool features. Piktures features Dropbox integration, so you can backup photos on the cloud.

Piktures app

There’s also the ability to hide photos or albums, save photos in a PIN-protected Secure Drive, view EXIF data and support for GIFs. Plus, all of that in a beautiful interface, so what’s not to like.

Install: Android (Free with in-app purchases)

3. Flickr

Flickr isn’t really a gallery app like Google Photos but if you liked Google Photos because it allowed you to store unlimited photos in the cloud, then Flicker is a viable Google Photos alternative for you. Flickr offers users 1000 GB of free cloud storage, so that you can store your photos and videos with ease. Plus, the app organizes your photos and lets you tweak your photos. Then, there’s the great Flickr community, which should be a great bonus if you are a photography enthusiast.

Flickr app

Install: Android, iOS (Free)

4. QuickPic

QuickPic is one of the most popular gallery apps on Android, thanks to its very extensive feature list. The app does like a simple photo management app on the outset but it’s so much more. First, it supports auto backup with a ton of cloud storage services like Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Flickr etc. along with its own CM Cloud service. So, no matter what cloud storage you use to store your data, QuickPic has you covered.

QuickPic app

There are also features like the ability to lock private photos and videos with password, decent photo editor, app customization and more. While it cannot compare to Google Photos in terms of features, QuickPic holds its own as a great gallery app for Android.

Install: (Free)

5. A+ Gallery

A+ Gallery app is another popular gallery app on Android and rightly so. The app might not really be an alternative to the Google Photos app but if you are just looking for a replacement gallery app, the A+ should be a good choice. The app features a UI which is a mix of Material Design and iOS’ style. A+ automatically organizes your photos and lets you view them by date, location or year. It features integration with Facebook, Dropbox, and Amazon Cloud Drive, so you can store or sync photos to the cloud with ease. Other features of the app include ability to search by color, favorite albums, editing and more.

A+ Gallery App

Install: Android (Free with in-app purchases)

SEE ALSO: 8 Best Gallery Apps For Android To Manage Your Photos Better

Try these Google Photos alternatives on your device

As you might have noticed, our list only features a couple of apps for iOS and that’s because the Apple App Store lacks decent gallery app. However, if you are an iPhone or iPad user, the built-in Photos app is a decent app and includes features similar to Google Photos. On the other hand, Android users have some decent Google Photos alternatives that they can use. So, try out the aforementioned apps and let us know your thoughts on the same in the comments section below.

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  • Dave Sutton says:

    I DO NOT WANT CLOUD STORAGE. There is no “cloud” . There is only a server farm “somewhere” that is mining your data. If you think the companies are serious about privacy, encryption, or any consideration at all, just Google: Alexa, privacy breaches.

  • David Green says:

    I find google photos on iOS pointless. I have thousands of photos in albums like 1994 March etc. Because many are scans of original photos the app sorts the by scan date not the original photo date and all my albums are in a mess. I have too many to manually change the photo date info.if google would allow manual album sorting or sort by album name it would work for me.

  • Maha says:

    I didn’t find Google Photos very good either, so I created an app which makes it super simple to group thousands of photos into albums. I made it mainly for my wife, but a few others asked for it and are using it too. If you want a copy of the app, mail me at mahadevan.k at gmail dot com . I’ll send you a link to the app .

    • Diand says:

      As a developer, isn’t exhausting to maintain the app yourself to keep with OS updates?

  • Joe Williams says:

    I have to disagree about Google photos. I tried deleting a few photos and videos in the cloud only and it deleted them on all my devices as well. That’s a deal-breaker.

  • Amila says:

    Honestly, there are no any competitors yet to google photos with their 16mp /1080p unlimited storage !!

  • Joe Williams says:

    I have to disagree with the author regarding Flickr. It doesn’t have many settings, so I don’t know what it’s doing or what it’s going to do. 12 hours after I installed it, a very small assortment of unrelated and not recent photos are all that’s in the camera roll. Without many options to choose in the app, I am at a loss for if, when and what will be uploaded.

  • Joe Williams says:

    I have to disagree with the author regarding Flickr. It doesn’t have many settings so I don’t know what it’s doing. 12 hours after I installed it, a very small assortment of unrelated and not recent photos are all that’s in the camera roll. Without many options to choose in the app, I am at a loss for if, when and what will be uploaded.

  • Albus says:

    So basically in every paragraph you wrote ‘The app might not really be an alternative to the Google Photos app but…. ‘.

    Ironically the title of this article is ‘Google photos alternative’.

  • dhruvi says:

    hello i lost my motorola g4 pulse mobile i want to recover odl photos which wrer save as a altrnate photos …how i get it back to my lappy?

  • Jeff Brass says:

    Hey I respect that you think google photos is the best app, so don’t take offence – if an app doesn’t do as it is supposed to – the backup, or non backup BS – and download errors, then well….can hardly argue it as being the best, or intelligent. I for one certainly wouldn’t agree with you on that score – hence searching for an alternative and finding this column. Google has placed too much emphasis on “bells and whistles” and not enough importance on making it work. Free – yes, inteligent…best??? can’t agree at all on that.

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