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Combining Photos from different Google Accounts
July 31, 2020
5:07 pm
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June 18, 2020
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This is an update on the discussion on 2020-07-26 re: not all pix are showing up when I combine accounts.

After waiting several days all of the photos from the secondary accounts showed up in the primary account. I think it may have just taken some time to integrate all the new photos. I followed these instructions:…..-accounts/

Since I had a secondary account without any associated Google Photos, I decided to create a single backup for all my pix. I told GP to Backup and Sync my Picasa subfolder to this secondary account and after several days this new GP account started to populate. My primary account contains approx 68K photos (I’ve been using Picasa a long time). After about 10 days the secondary account now shows approx 57K pix. However, it still doesn’t show an album for faces, things, or places. I assume they will show up eventually.

I had, unfortunately, experienced a hard drive malfunction along the way. I restored photos from several different cloud storage sites and because I had been sloppy and hadn’t paid attention I now have quite a few duplicates and, even worse, photos with missing or completely wrong EXIF data, i.e. location, jumbled date taken vs date copied vs date edited info.

It raises a number of questions, the most important of which is how to eliminate some of these dupes, especially the ones that migrated to one or more incorrect dates. For example, I took pictures of old b/w photos to have digital copies and now keep finding the same picture of my angelic younger self in years where I was definitely no longer angelic.

August 1, 2020
2:48 pm
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July 2, 2010
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I don’t have any good news for you. Google Photos has no feature for finding and eliminating duplicates. You would need to manually delete them. I do recommend using a computer rather than mobile device, so you can see the info panel (metadata) easily along with each picture. That way you won’t accidentally delete the one that has all it’s info instead of the one that doesn’t.

One feature that may be helpful is to view your library sorted by date uploaded rather than date taken. So, for example, if you uploaded 3 erroneously dated photos – they claim to be taken in 1979, 84 and 85 – but you uploaded them all yesterday. You can use “View Recently Added” and all the photos uploaded yesterday will be shown together rather than in the year’s taken.

To view them that way, just type Recently Added in the search field. (or select it from the dropdown below search)

If you’re planning on attending our members-only meeting tomorrow (Sunday Aug 2, 2020) the product lead for Google Photos will be with us answering questions – dealing with duplicates is definitely a question we will ask him.

August 1, 2020
6:13 pm
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June 18, 2020
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That’s a clever approach since a lot of the pix were uploaded automatically from the smartphone and would, therefore, be very close to the date they were actually taken! Thanks!

See you Sunday.

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