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Published August 21st 2017
Disclaimer: I do not work for Google, I just love these apps
It's no secret that most of us use Google all the time. Google Maps is just amazing. Whenever Google Maps leads me the right way, I tend to commend Googlina on her amazing job. Her name gets abruptly shortened to Googlette if she ever leads me astray; albeit, it might be due to user error on my part. Apart from Google Maps to guide us, Google search for us to find what we need, Google Chrome to browse the web with, Gmail for free Google email, Google Drive to store our documents in and all of the live Google office software (Sheets, Docs, etc) there are three Google Apps that you must learn about now. The cool thing about this is that Google does not discriminate in the same way that other vendors do. These apps will be useful for you if you are an iPhone user.
Google Photos is one of my favourite Google apps. Have you ever been in a situation where you've not backed your phone up quite as often as you should have and you've lost your photos? Have you ever been in a situation where you're running out of space and you need to make a choice: what's more important, these photos which represent a portion of my life, or these apps which I paid money for? It's not a good place to be in. Luckily, Google Photos is here to help. It's a completely free app. You need a Google account to set it up. Google Photos allows you to back up all of the photos on your phone on your Google Account and free up space while doing it. If you choose the high-quality compressed format, you can store unlimited photos for free. You can download it in the app store for free.
Do you take notes? Do you make checklists? Would you like to have the ability to neatly store checklists and mark them off as you go? How about sharing your checklists and notes with other people, allowing them to collaborate with you on a project or housework? How about when you need to follow a set of steps and quickly check them off? Google Keep is the app for you. It's free and allows you to make lists and notes, and it also allows you to share them with others. Others can contribute and mark items off as well. You can stay completely organised by setting yourself reminders, labelling and as you'd presumably know with Google by now, there are other useful features I haven't covered yet (probably because I don't even know about them).
This app is accessed via Google Drive. If you pay to make online surveys and forms – this video could actually save you money. Google Forms is a free and awesome way to send out surveys. You can collect the email addresses of those answering your survey, embed video and images and even use it to create quizzes and lessons. YouTube has many tutorials on the updated version of Google Forms.
The best thing about Google Apps (apart from their amazing functionality), is of course that they're free and you can start using them right now. If you're an iPhone user, you're probably thinking - what's the catch? What does Google get out of providing all of these free apps? The answer to that question is this: the exact same thing that Apple is getting, except you're more than likely footing the bill for that. I hope that you enjoyed this introduction to 3 of the coolest Google Apps.