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May 2, 2024
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I can not figure out how to organize my Samsung Gallery, Microsoft Onedrive, and Google photos to all have the same pictures? I take the pics with my phone using Gallery. Gallery does send it to Google Photos on my phone. However, it does not send it to my computer where I have Google photos. At least not right away. After several hours I have to download the new pics from Gallery to my computer’s Google photos. Then it shows up. Yet, I thought Google photos was in the clouds, not on a device. I have tried to search here. Also, I have searched YouTube as well. Any advice will help. This is a complex mystery.

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Samsung Gallery – Google Photos

Google Photos App sees photos that are only on device
It’s important to understand that Google Photos acts as a second gallery on your Samsung phone. When you take a photo with your phone, that photo is stored in the camera roll. Both Gallery and Google Photos display that ONE photo – Gallery is NOT ‘sending’ it to Google Photos. If you’re going to use Google Photos as your main photo manager you should stop using Gallery – they do the same things but in slightly different ways – stick to one.

Google ‘backs up’ (copies) photos to the cloud
When conditions are right (Backup settings are on, Wi-Fi is good, Google Photos app opened) Google Photos will copy that photo-on-device to the cloud in your Google Photos account.  When you view the Google Photos app on your phone, it is very difficult to tell if you’re seeing the photo-on-device or the photo-in-cloud. This is a design flaw in my opinion. It would solve a lot of confusion if the photos looked greyed out, or some such visual clue, until the photo has been successfully uploaded to the cloud. They have added a little dotted circle/up arrow badge in the lower right of photos waiting to be uploaded – it’s a start. See 636.GP-Are photos uploaded

Once the photo has been uploaded to the cloud, you will see it from your computer when you open a browser and go to It’s important to note that the photos you see there are NOT on your computer. If you turned off the wi-fi on your computer, you would not be able to see any photos. You are looking directly at the cloud. If you want those photos on your computer, you must download them manually.

Microsoft OneDrive
First of all, IF your photos are being backed up / Uploaded to Microsoft OneDrive, this is completely independent of Google Photos. How this works depends on how you have it set up. There is a setting in Samsung Gallery that will automatically back up to your Microsoft OneDrive account. This happened a couple of years ago when Samsung stopped backups to the Samsung cloud. If you did not turn that setting on and, instead, you have the old way with the OneDrive app backing up to the cloud, then you need to open that OneDrive app once in a while to trigger the upload.

In any case, you can go to and sign in to your Microsoft  acount to see all the photos that have been successfully backed up.

Microsoft OneDrive can sync to your computer
Since Windows is fully integrated with OneDrive, you should see photos on your computer’s hard drive. Once again, lots of settings here to configure it the way you want, but it can be completely automatic for photos to be uploaded from your phone to AND automatically downloaded to your computer.

Clear as mud?!

Bottom line: to have all photos be the same in Gallery, Google Photos, and OneDrive you need to be sure that all backup settings are ON, your phone is on good Wi-Fi, you open the designated apps (Google Photos, Onedrive) occasionally to ‘trigger’ the backup. AND, you visit the cloud site and manually verify that the uploads are successful.

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