Switching smartphones used to be tricky. You had to transfer your contacts, photos and everything else you wanted to keep from your old phone to your new phone.

Today, there is a great app to make sure all of your photos stay on your smartphone, no matter what smartphone you have. 

It is called Google Photos. It offers free, unlimited photo storage, and it works across phones and computers, since it's in the cloud.

If you have an Android phone, you probably have google photos installed already. If you are using an iPhone, go to the app store and download it.

Once you get it on your phone, you will open it, log into your Gmail account - if you do not have one you can sign up for free, and then you will be able to access all of the app's features. 

If you have photos on your phone already, it will automatically sync those to the app.

Once you are in, open up settings and click 'Back Up & Sync,' and take a look at the bottom of the menu.

If you have a limited amount of data per month, I recommend keeping just 'Back Up & Sync' turned on. This means your photos will sync only when you are on a Wi-Fi connection.

If you have unlimited data on your wireless plan, I would suggest enabling cellular backup for photos and videos. So that way, your photos sync all of the time.

Here's what's cool - as long as you have the app installed on your device, your photos are backing up to the cloud, so you never have to worry about losing photos again. You can also access your photos anytime online at photos.google.com, and download them straight to your computer.

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