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Google Photos reaches 10 billion downloads on Play Store

Google Photos just surpassed 10 billion downloads on the Google Play Store, almost 4 years after it hit the halfway mark.

Launched in 2015, Google Photos has become one of the leading cloud-based products in the Mountain View tech giant's arsenal. Since then, Google Photos has evolved into a complete hub for your images and videos and is a must-have for most people. It lets you edit your favorite pictures, apply filters, even order physical copies in photo books, and use a number of Gemini-based features like Magic Editor and Magic Eraser.

No doubt a large part of the 10 billion downloads is due to the fact that Google Photos now ships as the default media app for most Android devices. This wasn't the case before 2017, but many OEM devices like OnePlus, Oppo, Xiaomi and even Samsung still ship with another gallery app installed. However, the wealth of features and the extensive free storage on offer for your precious memories should see the app reach this milestone.

Google Photos reaches 10 billion downloads on Play Store

Clearly, interest hasn't waned, as billions of people still download Google Photos to their devices. Although the “free” backup element has disappeared since launch in favor of paid Google One subscriptions, few services can offer such value without charging for it. Read our current guide to getting the most out of Photos below:

Google Photos is only the tenth app developed by Google to reach this download number. The last Google app to reach 10 billion downloads was Drive in early 2024. This exclusive club also includes Chrome, Gmail, Maps, YouTube, the Google app, and several core services such as Play Services, Speech Services, and the Android Accessibility Suite.

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