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uploading photos and BLUE Arrows and also GREEN checkmark
July 4, 2021
4:54 pm
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Niki Sanders
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When I try to upload some older photos I see these markings.  What do they mean.  Also I can’t check all the boxes to upload.  Does that mean they are already in my google photos?  These are some old photos that I found on my computer in a totally different location.  thanks, Niki

July 5, 2021
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The blue arrows and green checkmarks by files on a Windows computer are most likely Microsoft OneDrive indicators. Nothing to do with Google Photos.

Google Photos does not sync with your computer. You can upload pictures to Google Photos, but it’s a one-way trip.

Here’s a video to watch about uploading to Google Photos. The example is with photos on a CD, but the same thing applies to photos in a folder on your hard drive.

Let me know if that helps.

July 5, 2021
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I do not use ONE Drive.  And when I can put a check to select photo – does that mean it is already in photos.google.  I tried looking on Microsoft – HA ha  no luck as it thinks I’m referring to One Drive.  Niki

July 5, 2021
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Well, OneDrive comes built in to Windows 10. It’s kind of hard not to use it. In any case I’m positive that the checkmarks and arrows have nothing to do with Google Photos. When you upload photos from your computer to Google Photos, there is no way to know if those photos are already in Google Photos other than by manually looking thru them.

Tell me if these are the steps you are following to upload to Google Photos:

  1. Go to photos.google.com
  2. Click the button at top right for “Upload”
  3. Choose Computer
  4. Now you’re looking at folders and files on your computer – is this where you see the green checkmarks?
  5. You select the photos by clicking the checkbox for each one, or Ctrl-A to select all at once – is this where you say 
  6. Click Open to upload the selected files to Google Photos

There are several different ways to upload photos to Google from your computer, but I see no reason why you wouldn’t be able to upload those old photos you found in a completely different location. Tell me more and we’ll work this out.

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