Simple Trick To Take Complete Control Over Scrolling in Google Photos
Google Photos does an amazing job of creating a timeline of your photos and videos. However, if you have too many photos over a long period (say 5+ years), then scrolling through all of them to find photos from specific time periods can be a little tedious. You can either go the slow route by swiping up/down, or go fast by jumping from year to year using the scroll bar. There seems to be no in-between the fast and slow scrolling (or is it?).
Well, today I am going to share a quick tip to easily scroll in Google Photos at whatever speed you are comfortable with.
Scroll easily in Google Photos
The trick is actually hidden in the scroll bar at the right side of the screen which shows up when you swipe up. Usually, when you grab the scroll bar and move it down, it moves at extreme speed to the point you can’t even see the scrolling photos. Well, you can easily slow down the speed by grabbing the scroll bar and moving your finger to the left of the screen and then scroll.
The trick is that the scroll bar speed is slowed down the more you move your finger to the left of the screen before scrolling. For example, grabbing and moving the finger to the middle of the screen will slow it down enough to easily see photos over a month’s period. Similarly, if you move it to the left end of the screen, then the scroll speed will be slow enough to view photos per day.
Now how is this helpful you are wondering? Well, think about this scenario: You need to find 4 years old photos taken in the middle of March and some in September that you don’t know the exact date of. You can just grab the scroll bar to quickly move 4 years back and then move your finger to the middle of the screen to slowly scroll through September’s photos. And then again you can move your finger back to the right-side to speedup scrolling to move to March and then move the finger to the left-end to see photos taken in the middle of March.
I also believe that this is much faster and convenient than separately searching for the photos using the search bar.
Although quite a necessary feature, the instructions to control scrolling speed isn’t provided by Google Photos (not even a hint). I am sure you will find this little trick very useful for scrolling through thousands of photos.
I should mention though that I had a bit of trouble controlling the scroll bar while needing to do multiple swipes (you don’t have an endless screen). While moving the finger from right to left, the high sensitivity usually messed up my current scroll position. Of course, this could be just me and my shaky hands.