Sunday, June 7, 2015

Find your videos: Google Photos, Picasa Web Albums, Google Drive (and YouTube)

If you've been uploading your videos to Google Photos, Google+ Photos or Google Drive, you may be wondering how you can find them, short of scrolling through your entire list of uploads. Fortunately there are shortcuts to see all your video uploads together.

Update July 2015: Google+ Photos will be retired July 29th. Picasa Web Albums no longer redirect searches to Google+

How to find your video uploads:




 Google Photos: Find your Videos


You can get to your videos in Google Photos on a desktop computer or in the mobile app by opening search, scrolling down to the bottom of the page (or screen), then clicking the Videos icon.

Desktop: Google Photos


1. Open Google Photos at photos.google.com

2. Click the search box at the top of the screen



That will open the Photo search page at photos.google.com/search 

3. Scroll down to the bottom of the search page, past People, Places, Things to "Types"



4. Click "Video"

5. All your videos will open on one page.

Bookmark this link to videos in Google Photos: https://photos.google.com/search/_tv_

6. Return to Search by clicking the search bar or the back arrow in the upper left corner


Find your videos on desktop: Google Photos - Picasa Web AlbumsGoogle Drive - YouTube


Mobile (Android): Google Photos app


1. Open the Google Photos app

2. Tap the search icon

3. Scroll to the bottom of the search screen to "Types"

4. Tap the Video icon

Find you videos on your mobile device:  
Google Photos app - Google Drive app - YouTube app




Google+ Photos: Find your videos

Note: Google+ Photos will be retired starting July 29th, 2015.

Google+ Photos offers more options for organizing albums than the new Google Photos, and lets you see photos and videos uploaded through Blogger, Google+ and Hangouts. Note that using Google+ photos requires a Google+ Profile or Page.

Desktop: Google+ Photos


1. Open Google+ Photos

If you open Google+, then click Photos in the left menu, you will be directed to the new Google Photos. You should see the option to go back to the old Google+ Photos.



Alternatively you can go directly to plus.google.com/photos/highlights

2. Click More at the top of the page, then select Videos from the menu or search for #Videos


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3. The Videos page will open showing all your video uploads

Bookmark this link to videos in Google+ Photos: plus.google.com/photos/search/%23Videos



4. Use the navigation menu at the top of the page to view all your photos, albums or perform another search

Find your videos on desktop: Google Photos - Picasa Web Albums - Google Drive - YouTube

Mobile (Android): Google+ Photos app

Note: the Google+ Photos app will be retired on July 29, 2015

If you have installed the new Google Photos app, you won't have access to the old Google+ Photos app. If you do still have the old Google+ Photos app on your phone or tablet, this is how you access your videos.

1.  Open the Google+ Photos app or open the Google+ app, then tap Home > Photos

2. Tap the 3 line menu icon in the upper left corner

3. Tap Videos in the left menu

4. The Videos screen has two sections:

  • at the top is "Camera & Folders" that shows videos on your device
  • below that is "Videos" that shows videos uploaded to Google+
Find you videos on your mobile device:  
Google Photos app - Google Drive app - YouTube app



Picasa Web Albums: Find your videos


It isn't as easy to find your videos in Picasa Web Albums as it is in Google Photos. You have to know the extension(s) of the video files you have uploaded.  There is no Picasa Web Albums mobile app.

Desktop: Picasa Web Albums

1. Sign in to Picasa Web Albums (picasaweb.google.com)



2. Search by the video file extension - for example if your videos are .mp4 files, search for "mp4"



3. Make sure the results are limited to "My Photos"



Find your videos on desktop: Google Photos Picasa Web Albums - Google Drive - YouTube


Google Drive: Find your videos


Google Drive lets you access both your Google Photos and photo or video files uploaded directly to Drive. Files are organized by date in folders, and albums are not accessible.

Desktop: Google Drive


1. Open Google Drive at drive.google.com

2. Click the down arrow on the right side search box



3. In the advanced search options menu, set File type to Video  




Or enter type:video in the search bar

Bookmark this link to videos in Google Drive: drive.google.com/drive/search?q=type:video

4. You will see the search results either as a list or as a grid. You can switch the view type by clicking the grid or list icon on the upper right.





Find your videos on desktop: Google Photos - Picasa Web AlbumsGoogle Drive - YouTube

Mobile (Android): Google Drive app


1. Open the Google Drive app

2. Tap the 3 dot menu icon in the upper right corner

3. On the menu tap Filter by

4. Select Videos

5. You will see the search results as either a list or grid. You can switch between the views by tapping the grid or list view icon on the upper right.

Find you videos on your mobile device:  
Google Photos app  - Google Drive app - YouTube app



YouTube: Find your videos


Your YouTube video uploads are listed in your channel's Video Manager. YouTube does not show videos uploaded to Google Photos, Google+ Photos or Google Drive. You can import your videos from Google Photos to YouTube to add them to your channel's videos.


Desktop: YouTube



1. Sign in to YouTube at www.youtube.com

If you are not signed in with the correct channel identity, click your channel icon on the upper right and select the correct channel from the list or change at www.youtube.com/channel_switcher

2. Click your avatar in the upper right corner



3. Click "Creator Studio" which opens www.youtube.com/dashboard



4. Click "Video manager" in the left menu

Bookmark this link to your YouTube Video Manager: www.youtube.com/my_videos

5. All your YouTube video uploads are listed in your Video Manager, where you can publish, delete, edit and monetize the videos.



Find your videos on desktop: Google Photos - Picasa Web AlbumsGoogle Drive - YouTube

Mobile (Android): YouTube app


1.  Open the YouTube app

2. Tap the person icon on the upper right That will open your channel navigation options.

3. Tap Uploads

4. YouTube will display all your video uploads.

Find you videos on your mobile device:  
Google Photos app - Google Drive app - YouTube app

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