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Manage your Google+, Blogger, and Hangouts images in the Google Album Archive

While most of the images uploaded to your Google account are accessible through Google Photos, the only place to find the special albums created for your Google+ photos from posts, Blogger blogs, Hangouts chats and YouTube channel cover art is the new Google Album Archive.


Albums that are only available in your Album Archive include:

Google Profile Photos (shared by Google+, YouTube and other Google products)Google+ Photos from Posts  Google+ Photos of You          Scrapbook Photos (Google+ Cover Art, no special icon)Blogger blog images (learn more in the Blogger Help Center)Hangouts chats images (learn more in the Hangouts Help Center)          Hangout video call image Captures (retired in 2015, no special icon)            YouTube Channel Art (no special icon)
Other albums you can access: Google Photos albums, Google Drive images, Auto-Backup images, and Drop Box images (uploads to Google Groups and Forums).

All the special Google albums are displayed at the top of the page, except th…

Week in Review - July 30, 2016: Calls, Spaces, YT Gaming

This week Google launched Emergency Location Service for Android phones in Europe and Nexus phones got better spam call protection. There were updates to the Google Spaces and YouTube Gaming mobile apps.

Plus there are tips and updates for YouTubers, live streamers, bloggers, Maps navigators, Drive users and more!

Image: Summer Night by Elin Danielson-Gambogi (1894)

Week in Review - July 23, 2016: YouTube Penalties, Google+ Web Preview, Bubble Zoom for Comics

This week YouTube made a creator-friendly change to strike penalties: now they only last 3 months and your channel (mostly) won’t be penalized. They also redesigned the channel Status and Features page.

Google+ Web Preview got a nice update, with Related Collections displayed on post pages and a redesign of the format of reshared posts. Google+ Create India also launched, and is looking for Indian creators to apply.

And just in time for Comic-Con, Google Play Books made it easier to read comics with the new Zoom Bubble feature

Plus there are more updates and tips for YouTube, live broadcasters, Google+, Google Photos, Local Businesses, Blogger, AdSense and more.

Image: Toy balloons red and blue, by B. Weber on Wikimedia Commons, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.

The image is in honor of the Republican National Convention last week and Democratic National Convention this week, both of which co…

Week in Review - July 16, 2016: Hangouts, Project Fi, Pokémon GO

This week Google Hangouts got some long-awaited updates. It’s now possible to invite people to group chats with a link, taking the pain out of invitations. And if someone gets unruly, you can kick them out of the conversation. Hangouts 11 for iOS was also released and Hangouts 11 for Android is starting to roll out. The biggest changes are in the Android app, with the introduction of video messaging (yay!), and the removal of merged conversations (boo!).

There have also been updates for the Google+ iOS app and Google+ Create program, Google and YouTube explained how much revenue it’s sending to the entertainment industry while fighting piracy, Project Fi now offers international high speed data, and the Republican and Democratic conventions will be live streamed.

It’s also been a hard week, Susan Wojcicki asked YouTube creators to use their voice to "help us all figure out how to live together in respect." And Google and mobile carriers are offering free calls to France …

Week in review - July 9, 2016: Spaces, Now on Tap and more

This was a quiet week, with just a few updates. The Google Spaces mobile apps got an update and Now on Tap can now translate text, QR and barcodes. And there are tips for photographers, video makers, business owners and more.

The image is Carnation, LIly, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent (1885-6)

Week in Review - July 2, 2016: Nougat, Google+5, Album Archive

Lots new this week in the Googleverse: Android N is officially Nougat, Google+ turned 5, the Google Album Archive launched (goodbye Picasa Web Albums), the new Google “My Activity” page shows your history, Google Small Business community has a new home and more!

There were also a number of updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch for business, brands, live broadcasters, and writers.

Contacting Turkey in the aftermath of the Istanbul Airport attack (mostly through July 5th)
Google offering free calls to Turkey via Hangouts & emergency informationMajor carriers ATT, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile offer free texts and calls to Turkey Photo by me, taken on the #G+5BayArea photowalk. Check out Nina Trankova’s great Collection of Google+ 5th anniversary posts.
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