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Google Photos deletes copy and original on device

After a while of trying around, I found a solution. This behavior of the Google Photos app seems to be intended, because it is more an interface for the network service to synchronize images, and less ...
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How can I check storage I have used on Google photos

How to find storage requirements of your free Google Photos: got to https://takeout.google.com/ pick only Photos for download select parameters of the archive wait for the process to finish (you will ...
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Are Google Photos' high-quality pictures compressed even if they're under 16 megapixels?

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 ...
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Activate face recognition in the new Google Photos

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

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'...
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Change Facebook (and others) photo saving folder

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 ...
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Did Google remove the "backup while on wifi" option from the Photos app?

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 ...
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How can I change the file size of photos uploaded to Google Photos?

Go to https://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 ...
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How can I free up Google Photos storage usage from Google Drive

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

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 ...
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How to force Google Photos to sync photos to the cloud?

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 ...
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How can I check storage I have used on Google photos

Check here: https://drive.google.com/settings/storage There under "Total storage" you can see your used storage, and below when you click on "View details" you can see the details: Storage details ...
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How to force Google Photos to sync photos to the cloud?

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

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 "...
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Will Google+ Photos automatically migrate to the new Google Photos?

I just installed the app and I have access to all my G+ photos, plus the ones I have in Google Drive and a few scattered ones that were only on my phone.
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How to delete photos ONLY from google photos backup?

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 ...
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How can I text a photo from Google Photos instead of a link?

[Originally posted in the comments section on 11/5/17] After touching the "share" icon, you have to select the Messages app. Then you select the recipient and touch "MMS".
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If I choose the Original option in Google Photos will only photos above 16 MP be counted against my quota?

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 ...
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Change Facebook (and others) photo saving folder

Anyone else looking this in the future and don't know how to use Tasker or find it difficult to understand. Download this app. Go to organizer section. Make a service job to move files as soon they ...
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How "Google Pixel (XL)" activates the "unlimited full resolution photo and video backup"

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) ...
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How to prevent a folder being backed up in Photos but still seen in a gallery app?

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 ...
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How to get Google Photos to recognize External SD drive

Sorry, you can't do it the way you intend to. Google photos can back up to Ext.SD, only if the card is treated as internal storage. In your case the SD card is not treated as a part of device memory ...
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My Galaxy A71 photos aren't being picked up in Google Photos

Open Google Photos app and turn on backup by tapping on the profile icon on top right (if you havent already) then somewhere in google photos settings, there's an option which default sets your ...
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Where does Google sync my photos?

Backed up photos are accessible via plus.google.com/photos.
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Difference between Google Photos Sync and Google Photos Backup Sync?

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 ...
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How to force Google Photos to sync photos to the cloud?

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 ...
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How do I set Google Photos to ignore videos?

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 (...
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How can I check storage I have used on Google photos

It is available in google drive as well as from within the photos app. Photos App Open photos app. From the side menu, tap on settings Tap on Back up & sync Here you'll find backup account ...
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Google Photos can't free space when pictures are on SD card

The SD card on Android is by default mounted in read-only mode: Google Photos can copy photos from the SD card to the server but it cannot edit, create or delete files on the SD card. To allow Google ...
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Force specific folder to be added to Photos?

Delete the .nomedia file to force media scanning ( restart the phone. It is then that media scanner database is re indexed ) and it should appear in Google photos folder list for sync. If you don't ...
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