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November 12, 2018
Thank you for your recent notice and session on the June 1 change to Google Photos storage. I have a related question. I used Google Photos for storage and editing through Picasa on my MAC devices until a few years ago when Google stopped supporting Picasa. While I miss Picasa I have found Apple Photos an acceptable substitute and prefer it to Google Photos. I now upload all new pictures from my camera and phone for editing and storage in albums to Photos. My question is this. Over time I have been downloading the Google Photos albums I had created in the past from Google Photos to Photos and intend to continue to do this until I have all of them in Photos. I have had to correct the sequencing in doing so. Is there anything else I should be aware of to do or not do in this process including whether to delete the pictures in Google Photos after having completed downloading them to Photos on my MAC.
Your process sounds fine. There are a few things just to be aware of:
- Be sure you are using the right command to download your Google Photos. Here is my video on that: 574.GP-Download from Google Photos to Computer The key is to use the Google Photos command to “Download All” – not any right-click download or other browser command.
- If you have your original photos somewhere, it is better to upload to Apple Photos from them since the Google Photos copy is was probably uploaded in High Quality which limits them to 16 MegaPixels, and compresses the files.
- If you changed dates or locations within Google Photos, that change will be lost when you download.
There is no need to delete the photos from Google Photos if you used High Quality, because they are not taking up any of your Google Storage space. You can check that out on your account storage page. If Google Photos is taking up storage space, you can Recover Storage rather than deleting them. 689.GP-Recover Storage