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Storage Issue
September 14, 2020
8:06 pm
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Jonathan Battle
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I have my IOS app set to upload photos at high quality.

My Google One account shows this:

  • Google Photos
    83.6 GB used
     

Is this high because most of my uploads to GP have come from my desktop computer where there is no option to say what kind of Snag21-9-14-2020-7.03.29-PM.jpgImage Enlargerquality you want….or is there?

 
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September 14, 2020
9:36 pm
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Jon,

Two things:

  1. 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
  2. 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 14, 2020
10:04 pm
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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?

 

Best jonB

September 15, 2020
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Jon,

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.

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