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September 12, 2016
- the web version of Google Photos does have its own settings about upload quality. Click the gear icon in the upper right – at the top you’ll see Original vs High Quality
- You can retroactively compress images that were uploaded in Original quality with the Recover Storage command. Here’s the video: 486.GP-Recover Storage
Hope that helps
September 12, 2016
THx for reply – I see the setting I had in Google Photos web version – was set to Original. If your 1 gb reduction took an hour – my 83 gb will….you do the math. Im giving a GP class on Wednesday – so I dont want to touch my GP space until after class as I will be doing a live demo.
Is there (I dont think so) way to try the reduction on a few images so I can see if there is a difference between Orig and High?
The Recover Storage command is all or nothing, you can’t just try it on a few. You could try re-uploading a couple photos after changing the setting to High Quality. I’m not sure if that will work though as they will probably be marked as duplicates and not allowed. Give it a shot and let me know.
I can tell you that I don’t see the difference myself. Here’s a video about how the resolution and compression works. 634.GP-Photo Resolution vs Size
As for how long it will take – I think 24 hours should be plenty. I have also continued working in Google Photos while the compression is happening in the background. I understand your nervousness however and there is no problem with waiting until after your class.
Hope your class goes well! Have fun.