7. Google Photos (Android, iOS)
Google Photos is the only photo app that we consider a necessity for any mobile device. If you’ve ever lost all your media files when your phone died or was misplaced, you’ll understand why. While it only has minimal editing tools, Google Photos organizes your photos and videos, offers easy sharing and — most importantly — automatically backs up your entire image library to the cloud. From there, it seamlessly syncs to all your devices where the app is installed. That includes Apple phones, laptops, tablets and desktop computers; Windows computers, and all Android devices.
Google’s photo-editing features are designed to require very little input from the user, and as such are quick and simple. For instance, the only user-controlled sliders you get are to adjust color, light and contrast (pop) on the overall image. It also has a handful of filters with a slider to control the strength of the effect. Google Photos has its fun side, too. For instance, it automatically generates animated GIFs from photos you take in batches.
Google Photos is also one of our top choices for the best photo storage and sharing sites. Just bear in mind that in June 2021 the rules over how much you can store in it for free changed: now, any photos you upload will count against your free 15GB Google Drive limit. If you want more space, you’ll need to pay for it, with prices starting at $1.99 a month for 100GB.
That caveat aside, Google Photos is a must. Just download it, set it up and let it do its thing in the background.