Google Photos is letting you pick a favorite contact to make it easier to share photos

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Android’s sharing menu is, at best, incredibly inconsistent. The system tries to anticipate which person or apps you may be trying to send stuff too, often with limited amounts of success. Fortunately Google Photos is adding a new feature that lets you bookmark a specific person to make it easier to send them photos in “Full Quality”.

So whoever you know is usually the first person to get the latest pet and baby photos, or the best memes Reddit bots can repost on any given day, you won’t need to go sifting through various contacts and services to find them. And as spotted by 9to5Google, it’s rolling out right now.

The first thing you’ll need is an Android device, because Google Photos on iOS isn’t getting the new favorite contact feature. You’ll also need to make sure the app is updated to version 6.76 — though, like me, you may not see the option just yet if you have.

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You can check for yourself by heading to the Google Photos Library tab, then hitting Utilities on the top right. Users with the new favorite feature will be prompted to add their favorite person. Be it your spouse, parent, best friend or someone who just can’t get enough of your new puppy.

You’ll also be able to change the favorite in the event you need to reprioritize. Just head to Settings then Sharing Favorite. Unfortunately you’re only allowed one at a time. So you better make that choice count.

Judging from 9to5Google’s screenshots, your favorite appears at the top of the sharing interface, marked with a little colored heart. Google’s also emphasizing that this shares the image in full quality, meaning they see it as it was taken. Some sharing apps may compress the file, removing some key details in the process, which is far from ideal.

The new feature is rolling out now, but it doesn’t seem to be available for everyone right now. So if you want to make the most out of the new Google Photos favorite, make sure the app is fully up to date and that you keep checking the Utilities menu to see if it’s appeared yet.

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