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Backup and Sync
December 31, 2017
3:07 pm
Barbara McLaurin
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Hello!  Am a newbie who wants to master Google Photos.  Coming (kicking and screaming) from Picasa.

Started with Mrs. Geek’s Guide to Google Photos. This book includes the type of instructions I have been looking for! Great book! Started with the Quick Start chapter. Pretty sure that all iphone pics are now in Google Photos. Am currently attempting to gather pictures from Computer Drives.  Installed Desktop Uploader.

Then did something terribly wrong (I think!). Clicked “Backup and Sync!” For three days computer has been syncing and uploading the tens of thousands of pictures I have on my hard drive!!

After hours of doing this, I watched your wonderful Google Photos tutorial about the four ways to put pictures into Google Photos.  (Wish I had watched it first!!)  Noted that you recommended the “push” and “pull” methods, and mentioned leaving the “Backup and Sync” alone at first.

Did I goof up terribly?? Can I correct this? Thanks for any help!!



January 1, 2018
1:57 pm
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Hello Barbara,

Thanks for the kind words on the book. It sounds like you let backup and sync go with the defaults which is to upload all the pictures on your computer. It can definitely take a while. No real harm done though

Have you checked your Google Photos account using the computer? What do you see? Any duplications?

If you do see lots of duplicates, I would stop the Backup and Sync. It’s the little cloud icon with the up arrow in your notification bar on your computer. Click it, then the 3-dot menu and Preferences. Rather than turning it off, I think its best to view the “My Computer” (or My Laptop …) settings and UNcheck Desktop, Documents and Pictures. That means it won’t upload from anywhere now, but it’s still there if you want to revisit it.

If it uploaded a bunch of photos you didn’t want uploaded, you can go to your Google Photos account and delete them. It will be easy to see the ones uploaded if you view by Recently Added:

  • View your Google Photos library on computer
  • Click in the search field and scroll down
  • Click “Show More”
  • Click “Recently added”
  • You are now viewing your library in order of Date Uploaded rather than the normal Date Taken

Hope that helps

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