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Use Google Photos Assistant to see alerts

Keep on top of Google Photos developments with your own personal Assistant

Initially your Assistant area may be empty, but don’t overlook this helpful feature when using Google Photos

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1. Access Assistant

You can access the Assistant from the Google Photos side menu, or if you’re in the Photos or Collections area you can right swiping once or twice across the main portion of the screen, until you see the Assistant area.

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2. View alerts

The main Assistant screen is where you’ll find all Google Photos’ recent notifications, such as a heads-up about any new creations that Assistant has cooked up for you. Tap to act on a notification or swipe to dismiss it.

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3. Customise alerts

The catch is that in order to see these alerts, you need to remember to keep checking the Assistant area. If you’d prefer to receive these alerts as app notifications, go to Photos’ Settings and enable ‘Notify on this device’.

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4. Turn off creations

In Settings, you’ll also find the ‘Suggest new creations’ slider. If you’re not a fan of the collages and animations Assistant automatically creates, you can disable this feature by tapping the ‘Suggest new creations’ slider so it’s set to off.