Google’s latest update for PhotoScan makes it easier to share the nostalgia

This is also a friendly reminder that Google PhotoScan exists and it’s worth using — just in case.

Remember PhotoScan? The app that lets you save digital copies of your printed photos to Google Photos? It’s a neat way to store those old photographs, loose Polaroids, and school pictures in the cloud — just in case. Google has announced it’s pushing out an update to the service. With it comes two new helpful tricks that will make PhotoScan easier to use.

The first new addition is the ability to turn off glare removal, which will enable you to scan in your photos with just the press of a button — rather than having to scan in each corner of the photo, as is typically the case when the glare removal option is turned on. The second new feature lets you immediately share your new scan with other people. You don’t have to wait to log on to Google Photos and locate it to share with your bestie.

The PhotoScan update is minor, but it should make the app more user-friendly. It’s also a helpful reminder the service exists. I, myself, am going to go through a couple of Polaroids right now. If you’d like to do the same, you can download the app for Android and iOS.

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Instagram for Android has a secret offline mode

At the F8 Conference, Instagram revealed that it’s already included a built-in offline mode intended for Android devices in emerging markets.

Offline mode — for Instagram? It’s already built into the app for Android, and it enables you to check up on what your friends are eating, drinking, and doing even when you’re where there’s little service.

The feature was quietly revealed during the keynote at the Facebook developer conference. According to TechCrunch, Instagram announced that it had built in offline support for most of the app’s core features and that much of the functionality was already available on Android — the most used mobile platform in the world. The company also told TechCrunch that it was also exploring bringing these features to iOS.

There are two parts to this offline usage. You will still be able to see your Instagram feed, though what you see when you’re using Instagram offline will be previously cached content, so to speak. Basically, the most recently downloaded info from when the device was last connected to the network. You’re able to still leave comments, “like” posts, and unfollow people while you’re offline, and those changes will come into effect once you’re back on the internet. Instagram is hoping this sort of functionality will help it thrive in developing nations where cellular data is either too expensive or barely there.

What Instagram offline mode looks like.

I tried the app, hoping I’d already have access to the features. I placed my Pixel XL into Airplane Mode and began furiously liking images and leaving comments throughout my feed. Nothing would refresh, but Instagram did let me know it would add my comment after it’s reconnected. If you’re curious, try putting your phone into airplane mode to see if you already have the offline Instagram mode.

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