STEP : 1
Download the Google Photos app for iOS ( bit.ly/Photos-G ) or Android ( bit.ly/Photos-Google ). Even if you never plan to stream your photos or films to your TV, it’s still worth signing up as the service gives you free unlimited storage for photos of 16 megapixels or less and videos up to 1080p resolution. It’s also able to group your photos by location and content.
STEP : 2
Log into your Google account using the app, then set Google Photos to automatically upload your images to its online ‘cloud’ storage. This won’t remove them from your device, so if you’re using an iPhone or iPad, you can also sync everything to iCloud for extra security. To make sure you’re not eating into your mobile data when uploading, tap the three horizontal lines on the search box, tap settings, then tap ‘Backup & sync’. Make sure the sliders beside ‘Use mobile data to back up photos’ and ‘Use mobile data to back up videos’ are off (see screenshot).
STEP : 3
Google Photos doesn’t order your images in a specific way. The folders that it automatically generates to hold your photos aren’t very adjustable, so if you only want to stream your best shots you should create a new folder. Tap Albums at the bottom, followed by ‘ New album’. Name the album, then tap ‘Select photos’ (see screenshot). Scroll through your library, tapping the pictures you want to include, then tap Add.
STEP : 4
When you want to send the photos to your TV, tap the Cast icon at the top of the screen (see top of screenshot). Google Photos will detect any Chromecast devices on your local network. Tap the name of the one you want to connect to (Living Room TV in our screenshot). Tap each photo on your phone screen when you want it to appear on the TV, and tap the Cast button again when the slideshow is over.