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Unsyncing iCloud & GP
February 24, 2021
1:29 pm
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Robert Stovall
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I need help separating iCloud from GP. My wife is an iPhone7/iPad/MacBook person & I am an Android/PC(WIN10) person. Via means unknown or forgotten, her iPhone is dumping her photos onto my GP account. Given that GP will soon no longer be free & that my GP account is becoming even more random/disorganized w/ her photos, I need to disconnect the two. She does NOT have GP on her iPhone, so there is no way to unsync from her device (she does have Google Maps & some web forum contributors think Google Maps can sometimes become a backdoor gateway). The iCloud icon appears on the task bar of my PC, but to access the iCloud, I need her password. Alas, she relies on paper/pencil for PWs & whatever autofill her Mac devices have, but we cannot find a PW for iCloud. I don’t know how iCloud arrived on my PC, but I want it gone. Pls help.

February 25, 2021
12:46 pm
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Wow – if your wife’s iPhone does not have Google Photos installed, then how are her photos getting uploaded to Google Photos?

From your description, the only thing I can think of is:

  1.  she takes photos with her iPhone, they get uploaded to Apple’s iCloud in her Apple account
  2.  you have iCloud installed on your PC using her Apple ID, so her photos get copied to your computer
  3.  you have Google Backup and Sync installed on your computer. Its job is to upload photos from your computer to your Google Photos. You must have the iCloud folder listed as a backup source?

So: iPhone -> wife’s iCloud account -> wife’s iCloud account to your PC -> your PC to your Google Photos??

If I have that right, the way to detach it is to go into the preferences of Google Backup and Sync on your computer and UNcheck the iCloud folder.

Here’s a video that can help with that: 500.GP-Install Backup and Sync for Windows

March 5, 2021
5:38 pm
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I opened the Backup & Sync preferences as you suggested & Pic1 is the resulting message window. No indication that my GP was accessing my wife’s iCloud.

I was finally able to open the iCloud icon at the bottom right of my task bar when my wife found her iCloud PW. Pic2 is what I found. Aha (he thought), unclick iCloud Drive & I’m done. No. The system launched into some processes setting up Outlook, Calendar, etc. (None of which I wanted.)

So, then I unclicked Photos & it looked like I was messing w/ my wife’s settings & connections (always a big mistake!).

So, then I reactivated/enabled Photos & I got the pic3 message window.

Now I’m in deep. Help me divorce my wife (in a cyber sense) w/o screwing up her settings.

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March 5, 2021
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My bet is that iCloud photos is a subfolder of your My Pictures.

If you don’t need iCloud then, looking at pic2 screenshot – just Sign Out from iCloud.

Then you could even uninstall iCloud from your computer.

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