How to Easily Make a Printed Photo Book with Google Photos

Give them some mutual memories on paper, this holiday season.

Getting the perfect gift for everyone on your list can be difficult. Some people seem to have everything, and others say they want nothing. We know they’re lying and they secretly would love their own private island and a jet flight straight to Bermuda, but that’s another matter.

Other people on your list may simply be, well, mysterious. With a personalized gift you know you’re giving something unique. And a printed photo album can be the perfect idea in a world filled with everything digital.

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How can you make one? You can, of course, search through all your own photos on your computer, phone or tablet. You can take the time to select the ones you wish to print. This, however, if you’re like some of us, can mean sifting through hundreds if not thousands of pics, especially if you’re trying to make an album from images taken over quite a span of time.

Simple Steps

To help with this, you can simply use Google Photos, a mobile app from Google now available for use in Canada. Basically, this service eliminates your need to hunt through digital stacks for hours on end. It does the work for you, and you can even do it on your phone.

Basically, you follow these simple steps:

  • Download the Google Photos app
  • Upload your image library or any photos that you have. Keep in mind, Google gives you 15GB of online storage, which is spread over Gmail, Google Drive and other Google services. If you need some extra space, do a purge and get rid of files you no longer need.
  • Click on the three stacked lines, and navigate to ‘photo books’
  • Instruct Google Photos about which faces or places you’re interested in putting in your album.


The great thing about Google Photos is that it can do the searching for you. It uses face recognition technology and apparently can even identify pets. You can also have it do a location search for you, in order to choose all your vacation pictures.

The app will avoid photos that are of low quality and cut out duplicates, and it can make suggestions for you by using machine learning.

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Of note: you can include a maximum of 100 photos in one printed album, and if you don’t do anything to them, they’ll appear as one per page, in large size.

If you’d like to include more than one photo per page for some visual difference, you first need to create a collage of the photos you’d like to do this with. You then select it for use in the book.

The Photo books app is available in Canada, in English and French on web, Android and iOS, starting at just $17.99 for a 20-page softcover book and $27.99 for a hardcover book.

Happy gifting!









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