Master: 8) Create animations, collages, movies and stories

Now for the really fun stuff. As you upload videos, Google will automatically group relevant photos and videos, and create animations, collages, movies and stories with them.

It works brilliantly, mashing a series of photos into a timelapse-style video, for instance, or selecting a set of four similar photos for a neat collage. The story feature is particularly nice: it takes all pictures shot in one particular place on one particular day and groups them together under a title such as 'Sunday afternoon in Dorking and Walton on The Hill' (which admittedly sounds like a particularly dreadful BBC1 drama).

Once created, you'll find them all lurking in the Assistant tab (top left on desktop, bottom left on mobile). You now have the option to either dismiss them, thus consigning them to digital oblivion, or save them to your Albums. 

While Google makes the right choices most of the time, there's no reason why you can't prove human brains still beat AI algorithms by creating your own.

Simply select the photos or videos you like, hit the “+” sign on the mobile app, then pick Album, Shared album, Movie, Story, Animation or Collage. Once done, sit back and let Google do its magic. You can't do them all on the desktop version just yet; only Album, Shared album, Animation and Collage are options.

Our favourite is Movie; just pick a group of pictures or videos and Google will automatically create a short film for you, complete with music.

9) Track down any picture in seconds

Now Google's not bad at the whole search malarky in general, but the search options in Photos are nothing short of astonishing.

The app uses machine learning to categorise your images, comparing them to billions of other tagged images so it can decide that yes, that is a photo of a clown standing on a Ford Focus in Bristol in 2008. Or whatever. 

The first time you try it, you'll be blown away. The second time, you'll be unsettled. By the third time you'll be feverishly rewatching Terminator 3 for tips on how to survive the AI uprising.

So how do you use it? Simply tap on the magnifying glass icon (or search bar on desktop) and type what you're looking for. You want pictures of cats? Here you go. Beaches? It can do that too. Smiles? It'll have a stab at it. You can even be more specific and search for things such as “beach photos in 2007”.

Now it doesn't always get it right - and sometimes with hilarious results. No, Google, my daughter is not a dog. And neither is my cat. But it's mostly accurate and certainly narrows things down. 

Alternatively, Google automatically sorts things into Places and Things, so you can just tap into the respective section and scroll away. If you're reading this in the US, you also get the People option: tag a person once and Google will find other photos of them, right the way through from birth to adulthood.

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