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December 11, 2020
I used the “Push” method to transfer thousands of photos from my computer to Google Photos. It appears in Google Photos that they are all there. Next I wanted to see if Google Drive needed any photos compressed to High Quality. I followed the instructions, but now can’t tell if it did anything. I thought I could see a spinning wheel or something to show me it was working. Since I did not see this, I went to google.drive.com and checked my storage. I am only using 7 of 15 GB. It does not show any photos listed. Is that ok? What should I do? It also does not show any storage for my gmail. I hardly have anything in google drive and don’t care if my photos are not there, but don’t want to get charged for original sizes if there are any floating in all that sea of pictures I put into Google Photos today.
When you say you checked your storage, I am assuming you went to https://one.google.com/storage
That is where you will see 3 lines: Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. If the Google Photos line says 0 GB, that is good – that means you have successfully used High Quality size setting and compressed all photos.
If you used the “Push” method – that’s what I call the drag and drop method – then you only uploaded to Google Photos, nothing goes to Google Drive with that method (ony with the Backup and Sync) So, I am a bit confused by your numbers, you say that you are using 7 of 15 GB, yet there is nothing for photos, nothing for Gmail, and you don’t really use Google Drive. But the 7 GB has to be coming from one of those 3.
Your screen should look something like the screenshot below (click to enlarge)
December 11, 2020