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Google Photos with OneDrive
October 15, 2018
10:13 am
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Jan Salsgiver
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Hi Chris Guld,

I’m a new Geeks on Tour fan.  This summer I bought and read your book Google Photos and became a subscriber immediately.  I’ve been following your advice as best I can: 1) switched to Google Photos with backup and synch on my Samsung phone and laptop; 2) upgraded to Office 365 to be able to use the 1T of storage on OneDrive; and 3) tested using OneDrive by successfully moving my documents to OneDrive while synching them on my laptop.

Now, I’m ready to follow your advice (on page 111) about ‘secondary cloud backup’ for my photos.  My goals are to: 1) have my photos backed up on Google Photos and OneDrive as well as to have them reside on my laptop so I can use Picasa; and 2) be able to manage and delete photos using Google Photos and have these changes synched across Google Photos and OneDrive. 

Once this is complete and working, I’d like to also bring my husband’s laptop into the mix – having his laptop also have access to our Google Photos account.  We do not need separate accounts.

My question is – how do I do all of this?  What are the right steps, settings, suence to make this happen correctly? 

  • You talk about ‘pointing’ Google Photos Backup and Synch to your OneDrive folder – how do you do this?
  • Is there a proper sequence or any ‘prep’ required to do this successfully?
  • I think I understand how OneDrive synchronizes onto my computer because I’ve tested it with documents. Are there any further tricks with photos?
  • And, if you have any advice about making the Google Photos available to my husband’s computer (soon to be upgraded to Office 365 as well), that would be wonderful.

 

Many thanks for your help and keep up the great work.  I appreciate your clear and direct style of providing very useful information.

Best regards,

Jan

October 17, 2018
9:49 pm
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Thank you for being a fan! Your question prompts me to consider a topic for our weekly class – about my step-by-step procedure for using Google Photos and OneDrive for a complete backup system. Stay tuned – we will cover this on one of our weekly episodes.

A couple of points:

  1. You mention that you want your husband’s photos to be part of the mix but you say you do not need separate accounts. I think separate accounts are important. You can each share, but you should have your own accounts.
  2. “Pointing” Google Backup and Sync to the OneDrive folder … this can refer to upload (photos on your computer sync’ing to GooglePhotos) or download (photos in the cloud downloading to your hard drive) Do you know which one?
October 18, 2018
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I would like to have Google Photos upload the original, full-size photos to OneDrive.  I think this is what you referred to as ‘pointing Back Up and Synch to OneDrive’ at the bottom of page 111.  How do I do this?

Then, as you describe on page 112, I would like to have OneDrive synch them back to my laptop as full-size photos, available for Picasa. 

And, ideally, I would like any new additions and deletions that I make using Google Photos to be synched with my laptop. 

Also, I’m happy to take your advice and have separate but shared photo files with my husband.

Thanks.  Jan

October 19, 2018
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Hello Jan,

Actually, it’s not Google Photos that uploads to OneDrive – it’s just OneDrive. OneDrive is an app that you install on your phone, just like Google Photos. Then you turn on the OneDrive setting that uploads your phone’s photos (just like Google Photos does) but it uploads the full, original size photo. That’s the first bullet under OneDrive on page 111. When this is done, it means that every photo you take with your phone is copied to both Google Photos (in high quality size) and OneDrive – in original size.

You’re referring to the second bullet item that talks about photos that come from regular cameras, located on the hard drive of the computer. Original photos that you want backed up. Those can also backup to both OneDrive and Google Photos. 

Thanks so much for your question – I see how I need to outline the complete process.

Additions and deletions are a little complicated. When your photos get copied to two different systems – Google Photos and OneDrive – the two different systems are not synced. New photos will be copied to both systems, but a photo deleted from one will not be deleted from the other, nor will edits made in one be synced to the other.  Make sense?

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