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Best way to save storage space in Google Photos
May 24, 2021
12:57 pm
Fred Hagedorn
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July 13, 2010
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With GP starting to use our allocated storage space in June, I would like your opinion on how best to save as much storage space as possible. 

Should I stop the auto sync from my phone to my GP and just upload chosen photos from my phone’s Gallery using the Share option in Gallery? By doing this will the photos be uploaded in their original size? If so then is there a way to have them uploaded in High Quality using up less storage space on GP?

Or should we leave the sync on then delete the undesirable photos from GP to save space? After the photos have been uploaded and your available storage has decreased, will deleting photos actually give you back the storage they used?


Later after posting this, I found my answer in this article. I’m assuming I’ll be using the “Manage Storage Tool” quite often. Laugh

May 26, 2021
11:21 am
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Hi Fred,

First of all, have you gone thru my checklist of what to do before June 1? Once that is done you’ll be at 0 storage used by Google Photos.

After June 1, my advice is NO – don’t turn off backup and sync. That just defeats the whole purpose of using Google Photos in my opinion. You should still set it to High Quality – or they may be renaming it to “Storage Saver” – because that takes up substantially less space than Original.

As I take photos going forward, I don’t plan to change my habits much at all except maybe deleting a few more. When I take 20 photos of a pretty sunset, I may delete a few. I am paying $2/mo that gets Jim and me 100GB to share. I expect that will last us about a year, then I’ll pay $3 for 200GB. I don’t expect to need the manage storage tool much because all my past photos don’t count and I’ll be paying attention to my current photos. 

Hope that helps.

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