Uploading photos to Google+ from your Chromebook can be a bit of a hassle, requiring that you keep the Google+ Photos app open at all times, but a new update to Chrome OS promises to fix the issue once and for all. The new feature automatically grabs any photos off your Chromebook and uploads them to the cloud, similar to the company’s pre-existing back-up through Google+ for iOS and Android.
Once you install the new Google+ Photos update you’ll be good to go. Just plug an SD card, smartphone or camera into your Chromebook and go about your business. Your pictures will upload to Google+ automatically while a progress bar tracks the process. You can also pause the operation if you need to redirect your computer’s resources, and you’ll see a notification pop up once the job is done.
It’s a small improvement, but for fans of Google+ Photos this could make a real difference when it comes time to pick out a new computer. Chromebooks still feel like a niche item, but these Google-powered laptops are quickly gaining momentum. This update is just another example of Chrome OS’s advantage over traditional operating systems from Microsoft and Apple.