Questions tagged [google-photos]

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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Are Google Photos' high-quality pictures compressed even if they're under 16 megapixels?

Recently, Google has changed the Google Photos app so that everyone has free and unlimited access to store 16 megapixel files. The camera on my phone is under 16 megapixels. When I downloaded the app,...
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How to force Google Photos to sync photos to the cloud?

I just took a picture with my phone and a few seconds later I refreshed Google Photos on my computer and the picture was there. But then I took a second picture and five minutes of refreshing later ...
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Did Google remove the “backup while on wifi” option from the Photos app?

I recently updated Google Photos (Build version 1.23.1.126715090) on my Android phone and noticed that my photos are no longer set to automatically sync to the cloud. I went into the app's settings ...
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How can I check storage I have used on Google photos

I know google photos is giving unlimited storage (for 16MP photos and 1020p videos). I have uploaded around 5000 photos and videos, but I cannot find the storage I have used.
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Activate face recognition in the new Google Photos

I'm living in Europe and the new Google Photos app does not group the people in my photos in the search menu. I did some research and found out that this function is only available in USA. Any idea ...
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How can I free up Google Photos storage usage from Google Drive

Google Photos (previously Google+) automatically backs up your photos from your phone to your Google+ / Google Photos account. They give you the option to backup a compressed version which is ...
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How to delete photos ONLY from google photos backup?

I backed up some photos in my android device to Google Photos. I want to un-backup them. I want them to stay only internally on my device. But if I delete photos from the app it deletes them also from ...
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Change Facebook (and others) photo saving folder

I'd like to ask a question about the facebook app (but it is not only one that does this). Currently, when I save any photo from facebook, it saves into /DCIM/Facebook. Now I would not normally care ...
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How do I force Google Photos app to refresh?

I deleted some images on photos.google.com but the Photos app on my phone doesn't reflect these changes and still show the images. How do I force the app to refresh? I already tried clearing cache but ...
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Does Google Photos allow for “Hidden” albums or photos?

I have not found anywhere in Google Photos to "hide" and album, collection, or specific photo from view under any given context. Is there a setting or workaround that will allow a user to select ...
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Migrate Google+ photos to Google Photos and free up Data Quota

I see my old Photos that were uploaded to google+ in the new photos app. I have it set for the new free high resolution, but I still see google+ photos taking up 7 gbs when I go to drive and check my ...
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How can I change the file size of photos uploaded to Google Photos?

i have uploaded my photos in google photos with upload size Original. Now 4.4GB only left out of 15GB. I have deleted photos in my phone after uploading to google photos. Now i changed my google ...
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How can I text a photo from Google Photos instead of a link?

On my Pixel 2, I can include a photo in a text message in these two ways: Open Messages app, select recipient, Hit "+", select photo on phone, touch "MMS" to send. Open Google Photos app, select ...
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Will Google+ Photos automatically migrate to the new Google Photos?

Today in their Keynote at Google I/O, Google announced their new Photos app that does most of what they did with my photos when they auto-uploaded to Google+, but with a few and some significant ...
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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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If I choose the Original option in Google Photos will only photos above 16 MP be counted against my quota?

I have some photos that are higher than 16 mp and some photos taken on my phone that are less. I want to back it all up to Google Photos but I don't want to select High Quality as I don't want the ...
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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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How can I get Google Photos app to see old/other photos stored on SD card?

On my wife's LG G5 she uses Google Photos as her choice of photo gallery app. She took photos until her device memory filled up, so I bought her a micro-SD card. I went into File Manager and moved all ...
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How do I set Google Photos to ignore videos?

I only want to back up photos and not videos.
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Google Photos app stuck on “Getting ready to back up”

I've been using Google Photos backup and sync for years without problem until yesterday. It is stuck on "Getting ready to back up" for a day instead of "Backup complete". Any suggestions how to ...
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Google Photos can't free space when pictures are on SD card

I'm using Google Photos and I love the automatic backup and free-space feature. Lately (from the day I got a SD card into the phone, which could be meaningful) I see google photos is backing them up ...
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Delete constrained 2048px images and upload “high quality” < 16MP photos

I'm attempting to delete my constrained 2048px images off of google photos to make way for the new less than 16MP photos "high quality" version of the photos. My concern is that by deleting the ...
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How to remove duplicate photos in Google Photo

I used to sync my photos to Drive as well as to Google+. Now that the two have been merged, I see lots and lots of duplicates in the new Google Photo app. Unfortunately some of the photos were ...
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How “Google Pixel (XL)” activates the “unlimited full resolution photo and video backup”

Google offers Pixel-Phone customers "Unlimited Full resolution photo and video backup". Does anyone know how Google handle this? I can imagine 3 options - but does anyone know which one matches ...
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Where does Google sync my photos?

I really don't know where or how to find my photos. I had a Samsung device and I used Google to backup my pictures. Will someone help me?
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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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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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Why does photos 'edit in' change image app export behavior?

When you open a picture in Pixlr / Snapseed / etc., you are given option of resizing / export the resulting photo. However if I 'share' or use gallery 'edit in', I cannot export in Snapseed, and ...
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Can Google use location information based on Photos landmarks with Location set to off?

I recently updated Google Photos in my Nexus 5 (with Android 5) and I was surprised to see that Photo Assistant has created location-based stories with titles like "A Sunday Morning in X Mountain" (...
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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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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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How do I exclude a subfolder in DCIM from Google Photos backup?

I set Google Photos to automatically back up pictures and videos I take and nothing else. I use an Xperia phone and it comes with a feature to take "Time Shift" photo which is essentially just a ...
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Google Photos really doesn't care for folder hierarchy on backups?

I've enabled the auto-backup feature from Google Photos on my Android phone, and every here and there it asked me through notifications if I wanted to backup a new given folder. I keep my photos ...
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Taking the odd photo that is confidential and shouldn't be synced or posted anywhere

I use Google Photos to backup all photos. For my camera app I use OpenCamera. On the occasion I take a picture of something confidential (for work or personal use). What is the easiest/best way to to ...
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How can Google Photos back up Google Keep notes with images?

Google Keep has the feature to directly take a photo and create a note with that photo. How can I add these taken photos to the automatic back-up procedure of Google Photos?
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Photos downloaded from facebook are appearing in Google Photos

Photos I download with the Facebook app on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are synced to Google Photos. I would like only photos I take with my phone's camera or add manually to appear in Google Photos. Is ...
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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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Factory Reset, Google Photo's recovered old photos

Recently purchased a Oneplus One second hand from eBay. It was factory reset by previous owner, and it has since been factory reset by me a couple of times. I have setup Google Photo's today and it's ...
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Prevent Google from uploading pictures when connected to wifi?

I noticed that pictures I took with my Android smartphone while connected to my home ADSL/wifi router were silently uploaded to Google Photos. How can I disable this "feature" ? Thank you.
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Difference between Google Photos Sync and Google Photos Backup Sync?

In the Accounts section of setup, what is the difference between Google Photos Sync and Google Photos Backup Sync? When would I want to enable one over the other, and when would I want to enable both?...
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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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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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How to stop uploading pictures on Google Photos on Pixel 2?

I've been using Android for 7+ years and now got a Google phone. There are several things I like but one I didn't is that any picture I take on my phone, it is uploaded to my Google Photos account. In ...
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Google Photos backs up only cover photo from burst mode photos

When I take picture on my Moto G5 Plus, I long press in my Camera app to get multiple photos. From what I have read, it is called burst mode. The photos are stored in the /storage/emulated/0/DCIM/...
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In Google Photos, when I try to delete a photo or video on SD card it tells me to go to gallery

I have 2 Mi note 4g's and both of them have the same problem. I have also given access to all permissions in settings(though there is no permission for SD card). All the photos outside the SD card can ...
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How to archive all photos from an album in google photos app

I have an album with more than thousand photos in it. I want to archive all the photos in this album. I didn’t see any option in google photos app for archiving all the photos inside an album. Is ...
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Enable Google Photos Android backup from web

I'm trying to enable Google Photos backup from web like accessing to my account in photos.google.com and switching somewhere the backup to ON but there's no such "switch". Anyone know how can I turn ...
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Is deleting our gallery after having saved our photos in Google photos safe?

I wanted to know if it was possible to delete our gallery after having saved all our photos in Google photos ? Will our photos be saved in like our Google account or something like that ? Or it will ...
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Recover photos from Google Photos cache

About two months ago (just over 60 days so they are no longer in Trash), I manually deleted thousands of photos off my Google Photos account due a problem I had with duplicate files. I had a back up ...
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Individual Photo Backup : New Google Photos

I've enabled Auto-backup in the new Google Photos app. And I have excluded some folders from being backed-up. But this seems to be all or nothing. I want some of the photos in those excluded folders ...