I just found the solution to this. All you need to do is:
Connect to a USA server via a VPN
Clear the data and cache of the Google Photos app.
Open the app again and activate the "Group similar faces" in the settings
Check back the search menu after a couple of minutes and the faces would be there. Google already did the recognition for you, but kept it ...
I just took a picture with my phone (8MP) after configuring auto backup with both Google Photos (with "high quality" option enabled) and Dropbox.
I compared both images and I can't see a difference between them, although the file sizes differ (the image in Google Photos has 1.3 MB and the one in Dropbox has 2.2 MB). I made the same comparison with an older ...
I have just found the real correct way to combat this problem. There is no actual way you can easily see which photos are "original" quality vs "high".
Google provide a slightly hidden feature to convert all your "original" photos to "high".
On Google Photo Settings Page @ https://photos.google.com/settings
Click Recover Storage button to Compress Original ...
No, High Quality won't be the same as Original as Google will compress it again using a similar method to JPEGMini. See this and this comparison tests for more information.
Your space available hasn't changed because Photos might be accessing your photos on Google Drive. You don't need to migrate them, just make them available to Photos.
I had EXACTLY the same problem. I couldn't find a solution else where. The only solution was to use a .nomedia file in the /sdcard/DCIM/Facebook directory and moving the *.jpgs to another folder. I had made a Tasker task referring to a reddit post in /r/tasker. Here is the description and the XML for importing it. You have to create the %destpart and add a ....
OK, so I did some testing and have determined that although the wording on the Photos "Settings" screens has changed, it is still possible to back up your photos solely when the phone is connected to WiFi.
On the Settings-->Back up & sync screen, enabling "Back up & sync" means "WiFi ONLY" by default. Lower on the Settings screen, in the "Cellular ...
In Google Photos app select Assistant and then you can choose (or view the current backup status/progress) to force backup photos. Be sure to set the different image maps to cloud: the folder will then contain a blue cloud icon with an arrow in it.
Pictures uploaded using Google applications with enabled free option will be recompressed even if they are less than 16Mpix.
Pictures uploaded using 3rd-party software will be as-is regardless option and will use quota if their size is bigger than 2048px by longest dimension even if they are less than 16MP, even if options is set to free.
Google openly said in its announcement as well as in its help pages that the free unlimited High Quality option will compress photos 16 MP and under - but will still keep the same resolution and "almost" the same indistinguishable quality.
Go to photos.google.com. Select Options from the top left of this page, then select Settings near the bottom of the Options menu. Change the radio button to High Quality (free unlimited storage). Just under this you will see two options - Buy Storage - Recover Storage. Select Recover Storage and you will be presented with the option to "Compress". Select ...
You can uninstall the "Google Photos Backup" from your device or simply sign out from the account in the Photos app. Then go to the web-version of Google Photos (photos.google.com) and delete the photos.
Go to photos.google.com and login using the Google account you're
using on your device.
Place your cursor over items you want to move to trash. At the top
If you choose the original option, every photo and video you upload will count towards your quota. As stated in the Google Photos help article, using the "original" setting counts against your free storage, regardless of your photo size.
Whether there's a cost depends on your settings. You can choose between 2 storage sizes for backing up your photos and ...
From Google Product Pixel help
Question: ....Do you think that the unlimited photo/video backup will be tied to
1) a single account,
2) any account that is signed in on the Pixel
3) any photo/video with Pixel in the EXIF info or
4) something else entirely?
This question is pretty similar to what you are asking
Answer: Essentially ...
You're not restricted by Google to use only Photos app as a Gallery app, so why not try a third-party app? I remembered that I used to use Piktures and QuickPic app and both of them (paid feature in Piktures), as I tested now, provides an option to show hidden or .nomedia file containing folders inside their settings. I'm sure some other gallery apps might ...
Google Photos in sync is what synchronizes your photos saved in Google Photos with the device. So if you add a photo on one device, it automatically appears on your other devices. This is only going to use data when photos are added/removed from Google Photos, so it shouldn't really be a concern for the battery unless you're constantly uploading photos to ...
In the official Google Photos app, you can't disable backup of videos per se, but you can exclude folders having videos from being backed up. That can be done like this:
In the "Device Storage" view (accessible from the swipe-in sidebar), look for the "cloud" icon to the right of the folder name.
If the Cloud icon is blue with an up arrow on it, backup of ...
In Android 6 / Marshmallow, go to Settings -> Personal -> Google -> Google Photos Backup, and click Backup all, this started the backup straight away for me. There are lots of other options on that screen that may help, I found that somehow the Backup option at the top of the screen had been set to off.
Here is what I have found to work most reliably on my phone, which is a stock (not rooted) Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Android version 9). I found this out via other posts on stack exchange, but I forget where.
After I take a series of photos on my phone using its camera app, I switch over to the Google photos app, and inside that app I select one or more of the ...
It is available in google drive as well as from within the photos app.
Open photos app.
From the side menu, tap on settings
Tap on Back up & sync
Here you'll find backup account details with the storage analytics.
Click on the gear symbol at the top right. That's the settings
Under settings you'll find ...
There under "Total storage" you can see your used storage, and below when you click on "View details" you can see the details:
XX.XX GB used
Drive X GB
Gmail X GB
Google Photos X GB
First check if in Google photos app options under Device Folders if you can see the photos on external SD.
If you can't, from Settings → Apps → show System apps → Media Storage → Clear data (this is the path in Marshmallow ). Don't worry, you won't lose anything
Reboot and wait for a while for media index to be rebuilt
You should now ...
I was able to finally get Google Photos to back everything up. It's not a perfect solution, but it does seem to work for now.
Uninstall / Reinstall.
I just completely uninstalled the app, then immediately reinstalled it from the Google Play store. One of the first things it asked about in its "first-time setup" procedure was whether or not I wanted it to ...
Depends on your Google Photos app version. As of v1.23, deleting local gallery photos should prompt you -- Read more about it here
As quoted in the article --
Say you took a few photos on your phone and they're already backed up
to Google Photos. Then you went through another gallery app (if you
use the Samsung or LG or HTC Gallery apps or another ...
I fix this problem by restarting the phone and starting the Google Photos app after restart whenever I miss a photo just taken. This way synchronization always starts for me after starting the Google Photos app.