The Digital Gallery on Your Android Tablet

By Dan Gookin

The traditional Android tablet photo-management/album app is Gallery. It’s being replaced by the Photos app. Your tablet may sport one or both apps, which work similarly. The Photos app offers a few more features, plus better integration with online photo sharing.

Viewing your photos and videos

The Photos app organizes your photos and videos in several ways. The Photos screenlists photos by date. You can choose more specific views by choosing other items from the navigation drawer.

Image organization in the Photos app.

Image organization in the Photos app.

Tap an image to view it full-screen, as shown on the right. You can then swipe the screen left or right to peruse other images.

Videos stored in an album appear with the Play icon. Tap that icon to play the video. As the video is playing, tap the screen again to view onscreen controls.

  • While viewing an image or a video full-screen, the navigation icons may disappear. Tap the screen to view them.

  • Tap the Back navigation icon to return to an album after viewing an image or a video.

Starting a slideshow

The Photos app can display a slideshow of your images, but without the darkened room and sheet hanging over the mantle. To view a slideshow, follow these steps:

  1. View an image full-screen.

  2. Tap the Action Overflow icon.

  3. Choose Slideshow.

    Images from that particular album or date appear one after the other on the screen.

Tap the Back navigation icon to exit the slideshow.

Slideshows don’t have to remain in your tablet. If a nearby HDMI TV or monitor features a Chromecast dongle, tap the Chromecast icon on the Slideshow screen. Choose a specific Chromecast from the list to view the slideshow on another device.

To end a Chromecast slideshow, tap the Chromecast icon again and tap the Disconnect button.

Finding a picture’s location

Your Android tablet can save location information when it takes a picture. The feature is called a location tag in the Google Camera app. To use that information in the Photos app, heed these steps:

  1. View the image.

  2. Tap the Action Overflow icon.

  3. Choose Details, which might be titled More Info.

    You see a card displaying image details. That map information, if available, appears at the top of the card.

    Image details, including location.

    Image details, including location.