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July 31, 2016
Somehow on my phone, my iPad and my Mac Book photos got uploaded to iCloud and then downloaded and duplicates came to life. 15,000 photos became 47,000 photos. These triple and quadruple photos synced to Google Photos now I have multiple photos on all devices, in iCloud photos and Google photos. Any help or suggestions appreciated. Thanks in advance.Tried to upload photos screen shots but received message they were to large
First, you need to be sure the process does not continue. It sounds to me like you are using Google Backup and Sync on your Mac – is that right?
If so, I would simply turn it off – or better yet, uninstall it. You’re in more control if you manually upload any new photos from your Mac to your Google Photos account. See if this video helps: 474.GP-Manual Upload from Mac Photos and watch this one too, even though it’s on Windows, the features apply to Mac as well: 500.GP-Install Backup and Sync for Windows
Now for your existing thousands of photos – unfortunately, Google Photos does not have any duplicate finder capabilities.
Do you have any way to identify them? Like .. were the first 15,000 all from 2019 and the 32,000 additional files from before 2018? or something like that? If so, you could search for 2018 and select them all and delete. Repeat for each of the other years. Then start over manually uploading year by year.
One other possibility is to change the sort order of your photos so that you are seeing them in Date Uploaded order rather than date taken. You do that by searching for “Recently Added” Then you may be able to identify all the photos that were uploaded in error, select and delete.
Sorry I don’t have better news.