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December 11, 2020
1. When I open Google Photos, how can I see if pictures are high quality or original?
2. I installed Back up & Sync. On step 3 it says “continuing will merge the existing content in Google Drive with your files stored at drive.google.com. If you don’t want to merge content, create a new folder to sync with My Drive in Explorer.”
My question is – I don’t use Google Drive much. There are only 5 old files in there. When I try to select my pictures file, it appears it wants to put everything in Google Drive. I don’t want to do that. Can I just get my pictures into Google photos? I have gone through steps 1 & 2 in Back up & Sync several times but don’t complete step 3. When I start again with step 1 it reverts to original size pictures. What am I doing wrong? I use Windows 10. I have downloaded your book Learn Google Photos and am trying to use Chapter 3.
1. When you open Google Photos on an iPhone, you can open any photo and then swipe up on that photo to see info. At the bottom of the info panel, you’ll see “Backed up: High Quality” or “Backed up: Original Quality.” Unfortunately, this is only available on the iPhone.
On and Android, or on the web, you would need to view the # of pixels and the file size to determine if a photo is uploaded in High Quality – if a photo is greater than 16MP, then it is definitely Original Quality. If it is less than 15MP then you look to the file size – less than 2MB is most likely High Quality.
If it is your intent to store everything at High Quality (recommended) there is a procedure to “Recover Storage” which will go thru all your Google Photos content and make sure they are all compressed to High Quality. Here’s the video: 486.GP-Recover Storage (one thing has changed since the video: to get to the Recover Storage command: go to photos.google.com on a computer, click the gear for Settings: you’ll see Recover storage right after the Original and High Quality settings (click on screenshot below)
2. You’re not doing anything wrong. Backup and Sync is a Google Drive utility, with an added option to upload to Google Photos. see the bottom of page 44 in the book. There is no way, using Backup and Sync, to upload only to Google Photos. You can use the manual methods to do that.
Let me know if this helps.
December 11, 2020
Regarding Google Drive – no, there aren’t really any drawbacks right now. If you use the High Quality setting in th Backup and Sync software, those photos will not count against your storage allotment in either Google Photos or Google Drive. At least not if they are uploaded before June 1, 2021. After that, I’m assuming they will only count once.
Google Drive is private to you, no one else can see any content in your Google Drive unless you choose to share.