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An online service by Google to safely store photos and videos. Most Android devices automatically store all the created media in it as the default setting.

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Unlimited Google Photos storage?

When I bought my Pixel 3, one of the appeals was that Google promised unlimited storage at Google Photos (although not at max resolution). Now, https://one.google.com/storage and https://one.google....
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How recover photos from a locked android smartphone?

A friend gives me her phone that she does not use anymore. This is a Oneplus 7 (android). She has set a pattern to lock the screen and does not remember it. So the smartphone is locked. She's not sure ...
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Clarification on delete backed-up photos automatically for Google Photos?

I'm on the Samsung A32 5G on Android 12. I was curious about when exactly Google Photos will automatically delete backed-up photos and it says: If photos are saved for 60 days If your device’s ...
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How can I backup my photos via ADB on non-rooted phone?

I forgot my unlock pattern on Android 12 (Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S - MIUI13). Before the reset, I want to save the photos to Google Photos or to my computer. The phone is non-rooted. Is there a way to ...
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Stop google from saving my photos/images online

Today I got one of those "A year ago today..." notifications from google where it showed a photo I took a year ago today and It was really weird because I considered that photo (and in ...
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How to backup Whatsapp images proparly?

I bought a new phone (OnePlus Nord 2 5G) and to my surprise, the WhatsApp backup restore my images but without dates. I think the best solution for backing up images is to drop WhatsApp backup (for ...
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Turn off section called "new" in Google Photos app

When I want to show pics to people, Google Photos first shows whatever is "new", for instance "Screenshots" below: It is often unflattering. Question: How to remove the "new&...
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How to exclude subfolder of DCIM folder (DCIM/SUBFOLDER) from auto syncing in Google Photos app?

Google Photos fully auto syncs DCIM folder of Android (including all its subfolders) and I can't find a way to select only specific subfolders inside DCIM folder to be synced I have Screenshots ...
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How to exclude subfolder of DCIM folder (DCIM/SUBFOLDER) from auto syncing in Google Photos app for Android? [duplicate]

Google Photos fully auto syncs DCIM folder of Android (including all its subfolders) and I can't find a way to select only specific subfolders inside DCIM folder to be synced I have Screenshots ...
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Shortcut to take a picture and automatically add it to a specific Google Photos album?

What I'm looking for is an icon on my home screen that will open my camera app. Then when a picture is taken, it is automatically added to a specific Google photos album. Is this possible?
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Reupload photos from Pixel 2 to save space

I have a google pixel 6 and a google pixel 2. My google account is 98% full. My photos have been automatically backing up from my Pixel 6 recently. My question is: How do I delete them from the server ...
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Is it possible to recover deleted files without root on Android 12? [duplicate]

I clicked the "free up space" button in Google Photos, and it deleted the original copies of all my photos and videos in the past 3 years. It happened on a non-rooted Galaxy Note 10 Plus (...
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How to automatically delete backed up photos in Android 10?

I'm trying to figure out a way to detect when a photo has been backed up from my device so I can automatically delete it. I was reading that there was a feature to do this already, but when I found ...
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When I download an image it doesn't go to my gallery

I'm trying to customise my phone a little better and I want to download some images but when I click download they don't end up in my photos even though they say they have downloaded. I'm pretty sure ...
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Consecutive photos are deleted

I have setup google photos as my gallery app on a Nokia 5.3. Whenever I take consecutive photos, like for instance trying to photograph multiple pages of a book, or just taking multiple pictures in a ...
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What is the easiest way to share photos in their original format?

My family in law has some wonderful pictures on their android phones. I'd like to use these in a printed photo album. Currently I only have the pictures at Whatsapp quality. What would be the easiest ...
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Force Google Photos to upload or sync photos when connected to WiFi even if the app is not open

Google Photos app has a cloud sync feature. However, based on observation, the photos are only synced when the user opens the app. How to force Google Photos to upload photos when connected to WiFi ...
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How do I backup Device Folders and Camera Photos to different Google accounts?

Currently, my camera folder is by default synced to my personal Google account. I would like to backup my Whatsapp Media folder to another account. However, Google photos settings don't let it so. ...
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My Galaxy A71 photos aren't being picked up in Google Photos

I've got a relatively new Galaxy A71. With all my previous Android phones, my camera photos automatically got picked up in Google Photos. This phone, for some reason, doesn't work that way; if I want ...
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Google Photos using up too much data and at the same time hangs on uploads even when on wifi

Two problems related to the Google Photos App: It often hangs on uploading saying "waiting for wifi" even though the phone is connected to wifi According to "Mobile data usage" in ...
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If I own Google Pixel and iPhone with same Google account, do I get unlimited upload for Google Photos?

Google Photos changed the policy so that only Google Pixel owners get to upload to Google Photos for free. If I own an iPhone and Google Pixel both connected to the same Google account, does iPhone ...
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Why does the Google Photo App (not storage of photos) take up 0.92 GB? Samsung S 7

I've 'freed up space' so that the actual photo storage should be entirely empty, yet my phone shows 0.92 gb of storage taken up. As far as I can tell, this has nothing to do with the images on my ...
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Is restoring WhatsApp media (photos) from Google Drive enough, or should I also sync it with Google Photos?

I have a Google Drive backup for my WhatsApp, and I think it also includes media (photos). But my phone is also filled with WhatsApp photos and I want to back it up to Google Photos. Now I am confused ...
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Does deleting a photo from my android phone's gallery app also delete it from Google Photos(I have backup & sync turned on).If yes, how to prevent it

I have a samsung (android) device and I use samsung gallery app. Question: Does deleting a photo from the gallery app also delete it from Google Photos in which I have my backup and sync turned on. ...
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Google Photos deletes copy and original on device

I'm facing a very strange issue with the Google Photos app. Every time I copy an image with "copy to folder" (specifically not "move to folder") and then delete either the copy or ...
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Google Photos - Stop asking to allow edits?

I just got a new phone, I upgraded to a Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus from an LG G8X, and whenever I edit a photo using Google Photos, it always asks me to ALLOW the edit. The Google Photos app never did ...
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How to create an album without uploading to Google Photos cloud

On my Android device, Xiaomi Redmi note 8, the sync with Google account is disabled. For Photos, too. Today, I created a new album on the photos and noticed that it started to upload the photos, and ...
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Screensavers for 200 tablets - accessed centrally from one computer - Is this possible?

Hi I'm involved in a project to deploy 200 tablets. All devices will be on different networks in various locations around Australia. I would like all devices to access the one set of screen savers and ...
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How can I fix this issue associated with the Facebook app's folder location and Google Photos backups?

I have an issue with a combination of the Facebook and Google Photos apps on my Pixel 4 XL. The folder Facebook stores the images you save from it is in the DCIM folder. Photos you take with your ...
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Deleting images from Google Photos without deleting them from the device

I've created a folder in Google Photos with images that were in other folders. I want to delete the images from the other folders without deleting them from the device. But when I delete them, they ...
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Reason of existence of An App named "-5"

I was trying to look at the battery usage of different apps and saw this weird app named "-5" on inspection it takes me to google photos which is weird since why will google photos use its ...
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Google Photos--disable grouping photos by day

The Google Photos App for Android groups photos by day. However, this feature becomes a problem when taking photos only occasionally. Only one photo per row is displayed, most of the time (see ...
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Why does Google Photos "Free up space" feature tell me I can free up only 12MB?

I'm using Google Photos to backup and sync my photos to the cloud. In the menu in the Android app there's an option called "Free up storage", which will supposedly Remove original photos & ...
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Make me able to choose which images/videos received via WhatsApp to show in my Google Photos Gallery?

I am having a problem that drives me crazy. Coming from iOS I had my Photo Gallery, and separated from that I had my WhatsApp App with its chats and images. When I wanted to save some of those images ...
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Add WhatsApp images to Google Photo album in the cloud

I have a HUAWEI P20 phone and I am using the native Google Photos app to organize my photos on this device. Only the Camera folder is set for automatic upload to the cloud. I am using Viber and ...
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How to get Google Photos to recognize External SD drive

I have connected an external SD card via a USB connector to my phone in order to have more space for recording video. However, Google Photos does not seem to recognize it - it does not show up in ...
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Google Camera says "Can't take photo: Not enough storage left on this device."

On a recently flashed LineageOS 16 Device, I'm getting with Google Photo Can't take photo: Not enough storage left on this device. The File Browser shows 234 GB Free.
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Recover deleted video in Google Photos app

In Google Photos I deleted permanently a video (before it was backed-up). Is there any way that I can recover it? It's very important to me.
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Google Photos backup

I've been trying to upload my photos to google photos. It's stuck on uploading x items. I tried restarting, removing cache, clearing storage. I even tried downgrading the google photos app version. My ...
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Google Photos search to show only local photos

On my Android phone in Google Photos, I want to select and perform an operation only on photos which are actually stored on the device. I tried a couple of search terms such as "local" and "local:" ...
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Google Photos will not backup

I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 running Android 9 and One UI. Google Photos will not back up anything. All I am getting as a Getting ready to back up and 185 items left perpetual spinner at the top of ...
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Stop Google Photos app from deleting a local album

I have a lot of cool projects which I like to show off when I am on the road. On my phone, I have a 'demo' album created in Google photos. This is the single most used album on my phone, which I ...
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What actually gets backed up, how many times?

Say I have a photo A taken by the phone camera. It is stored somewhere, but can be seen in the stock Gallery app as well as the Google Photos app. Q1:Are both apps using the same physical copy or are ...
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Google photos uploads everything from DCIM folder

So in my Redmi Note 7 Pro, the screenshots and screen recordings all go in a subfolder inside DCIM folder. Photos (app by Google) simply uploads everything in the DCIM folder. I have tried this, but ...
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How to disable camera → Google Photos sync on Android 9?

Similar to this, but Google has somehow wormed their way around my settings: Photos → Settings → Backup & sync is off. Photos → Device folders → Camera → Back up (sic) & sync is off. Camera → ...
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How to geotag photos uploaded to google photos

I've uploaded some photos to google photos, these photos do not have any location information in their EXIF metadata as my camera didn't have the GPS enabled at the time of capturing images. Now I ...
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Second Google Account for Phone

I have a second Google email address for business. I would also like to be able to upload business photos / media to the HOA account with photos: can this be done and how? I have added the 2nd ...
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How to disable Google Photos popup with notifications to upgrade

On start Google Photos says that i need to upgrade. You can of course click no, but it is very pain to do it always. Do you know any method to disable this popup without upgrading apps ? I got rooted ...
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Free up space by only deleting older photos past a chosen date

Google photos app has a "free up space" option where it will delete all photos that have been already backed up to Google photos from the local device folders. The problem with this is that the ...
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How to prevent a folder being backed up in Photos but still seen in a gallery app?

I am on Pixel 3 XL. I found that Google Photos recognizes the Facebook photo folder (and some others, such as Screenshots) the same as the "Camera" folder because they are within the DCIM folder. ...
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