Learn how Timeline processes and stores your images.
Does Timeline.pics save my photos in the original?
No. Photos were initially saved in their original resolution. However, many users uploaded photos directly from their phone. These were up to 20 MByte in size - for a single image, so the users ran out of storage quota accordingly fast. Photos are downsampled to 4096 pixels (longest edge) and saved with a slight compression. This saves up to 2/3 of the file size without affecting the quality of the photos.
Aren’t my photos too small when they are reduced to 4096 pixels?
No. A digital photo of 4000 × 3000 pixels (4:3) can be used for prints up to 66 × 50 cm (equivalent to approximately 152 dpi).
Can I edit my photos and brighten them up with effects?
There are countless programs and apps that can edit and add effects to images. I can not do that better. Just use the programs and apps that you already use to edit your photos and then upload them into your Timeline - just make sure that the so-called "exif data" is preserved when saving. You can easily test this by uploading an edited image - if the date does not match the actual shooting date of the photo, then you should choose another program for image editing.
What exactly is stored per photo?
If you upload a photo to your timeline, the Exif data will be read out. This is information that your camera or mobile phone has stored in the image. The orientation (portrait or landscape), the dimensions (width × height), the moment of taking the picture, if available, the GPS coordinates (where the picture was taken) and, if available, the title or the description of the picture are used and saved image.