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July 17, 2020
Is it possible to identify photos that I believe were already in Google photos prior to having to change the quality to “high quality,” to get the free space, as I noticed when I was uploading some pictures yesterday that the quality that was marked in settings was not high quality. So I am thinking I have some of each type of quality in there right now.
There is no way to see what is uploaded in High Quality or Original, but there is a way to convert all original to High Quality. That means that all photos and videos will then be High Quality and not count (stored for free) if you do it before June 1.
You can see if you have some original quality photos by visiting https://one.google.com/storage and looking at the number by Google Photos. If it’s anything other than 0, that means that you do have some photos/videos that have been uploaded in original quality.
To get that number down to zero, it’s called “Recover Storage” and you’ll find the button in settings on the web version:
- Go to https://photos.google.com/ and be sure you’re signed in with your google account
- Click on the settings Gear
- Click the Recover Storage button
- If you don’t see a recover storage button, click the High Quality button (or toggle between Original and High Quality)
- You should see a dialog box with a checkbox to recover your storage, then Confirm
Here’s a video: 689.GP-Recover Storage