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April 26, 2021
8:54 pm
Milton Barrett
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I used Picasa to edit and organize my photos until Google stopped supporting it and cut off access. I used Google Photos for a while but found that I prefer using Photos on my Mac.  I have albums in Google Photos from when I was using it but have gradually been downloading them to Photos with no problems other than sometimes having to adjust sequencing. My question is this: having downloaded an album from Google Photos to Photos on my Mac can I then delete the  Google Photos version? Is there anything that i should be sure to do or not do in this process?

    Thank you!


April 27, 2021
2:28 pm
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Your process sounds fine, and if you’re happy with the results in Apple Photos, I see no reason why you can’t delete the same from Google. That said, I do have a couple of comments:

  1. Be sure you’re using the right technique for downloading from Google Photos: open album, click 3-dot menu and Download all – this gives you a .zip file that you need to unzip.  
  2. If you still have your originals somewhere, it would be better to use those to upload to Apple photos. If you uploaded using High Quality to Google Photos your pictures got compressed a bit, and if you did some editing you may have lost some more resolution. No biggie, but if you do have your originals, that’s better.
  3. Although you can delete from Google photos, why bother? If they were uploaded in High Quality, they don’t count against your storage. You never know when the Google photos copy may come in handy. (Says she who has all her photos in Google and backups in OneDrive, Flickr, Amazon photos, and local hard drive!! 🙂
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