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How to create a back up of photos once i have removed them from my phone to Google photos
August 22, 2020
7:22 pm
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Marcia Joswick
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Hi,

I just removed all my photos from my phone with back up and sync to Google photos.   Then I read in your book that I should have created a back up before I did this, because now I only have the photos on Google photos.  So, is it too late to create a back up?  How do I do it?

Thanks for your help.

 

Marcia

August 23, 2020
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Marcia, it depends …

What kind of phone? iPhone or Android?

How exactly did you remove the photos from the phone? 

Let me know and we’ll go from there.

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August 23, 2020
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I have an Android (Samsung Galaxy 7), and I used the “Free Up Space”  on my Google Account which I tapped from photos.google.com. 

I did this because my phone was telling me I didn’t have any memory left and that I should delete things.  I’ve never  freed up space before, because I didn’t realize I needed to do that.   (I’m very tech challenged.)

Then, too late, I looked at your Google photos guidebook and realized I was supposed to do a download first.    From your book it looks like I can use the Takeout application and you suggest watching the video at LGPBook.online.com.   However, when i try to access that website I get list of Google search results, none of them being this website.   So I’m confused about that too.  Why doesn’t the url you give work to give the right website?

August 24, 2020
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Marcia,

The link for the resources with the book is LGPBook.online … there is no .com at the end.

I was hoping maybe you had an iPhone because they have an extra “recycle bin” that may still hold your deleted photos, but Samsung does not have such a thing. So – there is no simple, one-shot way of making an extra backup at this time. But, you can download a copy from Google Photos to your computer.

Using takeout would be a last resort.

First, do you know what time frame those photos came from? For example if you gto this phone in December 2018, then you would know that all the photos just deleted would be from Dec 2018 to Aug 2020. You could

  1. use your computer and go to photos.google.com
  2. Select all photos from Dec 2018 thru Aug 2020 (if there are more than 500, I recommend putting them in an album first)
  3. Click the 3-dot menu and Download

Here’s a video that should help: 574.GP-Download from Google Photos to Computer

August 25, 2020
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Thanks for this information.  I’ll let you know how it goes after I try it.   

In the process of trying to figure this out, I realized that after I changed computers recently and got Windows 10, all my photos in Windows 7 were converted to One Drive and that my Picasa program and all the folders and edits I had in there had vanished.  (Unless they’re hidden somewhere I don’t know how to find.)  I know Google stopped supporting Picasa a long time ago, but I was still using it on my old computer.

Anyway, now I’m wondering if I should download, or is it upload, my One Drive photos to Google Photos and vice versa?  Does your website contain information regarding One Drive photo applications?

By the way, I love your website and videos.   There is so much information so easily accessed in one place.  You and Mr. Geek are doing such excellent work!

August 26, 2020
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Marcia,

Thanks for the compliments on the website – it’s growing all the time.

As for Picasa – we do have the installation files available here for members. Your pictures should still be on your computer, even though it may be OneDrive/Pictures rather than just /MyPictures. If you edited them using Picasa, it helps to have the picasa software to save those edits before uploading.

As for whether to upload from OneDrive to Google Photos – it’s up to you to explore the photos both on your computer and in your Google Photos. The goal is to have everything in Google Photos, but they may already be there. I do have some info on OneDrive See these resources:

These aren’t exactly on point for you, but they should shed light.

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August 27, 2020
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Thank you for all this helpful information.   It looks like I have my work cut out for me.   If I get stuck along the way, I’ll contact you, and if I don’t get stuck, I’ll let you know when I’ve succeeded!

Marcia

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