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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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Pixel 6: Files and Photo apps are slow to "notice" pictures added by non-Google apps. Can I force it?

I really like my Pixel 6 but this behavior I'm going to describe drives me to distraction. When I copy pictures to the phone from my digital camera, the apps such as Files and Photos refuse to ...
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Wrong thumbnail on edited Google Photos pics

When I edit photos using Google Photos, the edited pics are stored in a folder DCIM/PhotosEditor. But the thumbnails for these pics that are displayed in other apps, such as Instagram and X-Plore and ...
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"batch" removal of EXIF MPF data on Android phone before uploading to Google Photos

My Canon camera sets MPF in its EXIF data on and if there is a way to stop it, I can not find it. This results in Google Photos saving the pictures in Original quality even though Storage Saver option ...
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Should I transfer my photos via Samsung Smart Switch, when I sync them via Google Photos anyway?

I sync my photos (and videos) via Google Photos on my old Android device (Sony Xperia) and I plan to continue using Google Photos with the same Google account on my new Samsung Galaxy phone. When I ...
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Google Photos is not backing up my gallery

I have a Redmi Note 12 Pro with Android 13 and I have the Google Photos app installed. The problem is that a lot of pictures that I take are not backed up. If I go to the settings of Google Photos -&...
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I have added many photos from Camera to Album X for sorting. Is there any way to automatically add all remaining photos in Camera to Album Y?

Album X is supposed to be a "best of" album. However, I keep on noticing very good photos that I previously missed, and am adding them to Album X in an ad-hoc manor. It would be better to ...
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How to access photos and videos stored inside Google Photos "Locked Folder" using adb?

I would like to take the backup of all photos and videos stored inside google photo's "Locked folder". I use adb to pull out files from my android. And i would like to seemlessly pull media ...
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Lost old MMS images; can't find in Google Photos

I have years-long Google Messages text threads that have many, many photos. I've changed phones a lot, and the images have always been retained in the threads. I believe I have always selected the ...
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How to download and keep local copy of google photos album on android phone

Is there a way to mark that a local copy of an album should be preserved (on an android phone)? If not what is the easiest way to download the album locally? (3rd party tools?) Is there any other ...
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Is there any way to ensure that any images downloaded from social media apps automatically get saved to the Locked Folder in Google Photos?

I was curious if there was any way to ensure that all images downloaded from social media apps like Instagram or Twitter or Reddit are automatically saved in the 'Locked Folder' in Google Photos, ...
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Auto delete pic/vids from phone when deleted from Google Photos web

You take 10 photos and only one is good. But in Google Photos, all 10 are automatically uploaded. I don't want to maintain two places: my phone and the Google Photos Cloud. How can I make it so that I ...
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SD card internal storage - photos not showing in Photos - how do I format/unmount safely to not lose WhatsApp history?

The storage on my Android 11 phone (Fairphone 3) was running out so I mounted a Lexar micro SD card to increase storage. I now realise this was a mistake but not knowing any better I formatted it as ...
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Is there a way to automatically share Google Photos of someone in real time?

I take a lot of pictures of one person and this person always wants me to share them. Google Photos is really good at identifying these pictures and so I was wondering if there was a way that Google ...
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After downloading Adobe/Acrobat, internal storage is filled with 100's of thumbnails to gallery?

For professional reasons, I needed to download Adobe/Acrobat on Android. Shortly, I noticed my Google Photos and Google Drive had 100+ thumbnail clipart replacing all my media, as well as internal ...
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How to download all photos from Google Photos into device?

I wanted to do a factory reset. I made a backup of my device using "Setting" → "Accounts and backup" → "Google drive" → "Back up data" → "Back up now" ...
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How can I turn off "Brighten with HDR" dialog when viewing photos in Google Photos?

I'd like to turn this off: I haven't yet found from where. Would anyone know?
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Google image backup sans moving photos off phone

Prior to recent phone dying, I had found out that Google's photo backup strangely (or at least sans a setting I was missing) MOVES files off your phone that they backup. Once I realised that I ...
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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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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 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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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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