Google Photos – Pros and Cons

Google Photos (GP) has an option to upload all your photos to their cloud account and they give you two options.

Option #1 is to upload them in their full resolution, but they count against your 15 gb free limit.

Option #2 is to upload them, but they downsize the picture and reduce the quality. The good deal is that there is no limit to the number of files you upload and everything is free.

This is also for video up to 1080p. If you have a resolution higher than this, then is will downsize it. I’m a bit concerned about moving large video files over my cellular connection.

Below is the original file which was 6000 x 4000. I uploaded this to Google Photos.

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I put the above photo into Google Photos and it did downsize the picture, but not by much. Here’s what it looks like after downloading from Google Photos.

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Features and Tips

  • After you set it up on your phone, any photos or video you take are sent directly to Google Photos.
  • The above application could be a problem if you are doing a long video. You might use lots of your data.
  • Collections are done by GP. It organizes groups of photos and makes a collection.
  • Computers – If you drag a number of photos into GP, you can create an Album.
  • You can’t seem to drag folders into GP.
  • The easiest way to back up all your pictures and videos from your computer is to use their Desktop app – https://photos.google.com/apps you can designate which folders to backup. I’ve also noticed that when you add a new picture to your computer, it will automatically be added to GP.See the picture below.

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Once you setup Google Photos download, you can look at it Settings by looking for the hidden icon in the lower right desktop screen. It will show you the screen below. Notice that it has a number of options to automatically backup pictures that are in a SD card or any sort of removable media.

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Another limitation I have noticed is that GP will not backup Photoshop /psd files. It will backup .png files, but you have to select that in the GP Settings Menu.

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I’m also noticing that a lot of my photos are not uploading. They don’t give a specific reason which is aggravating.

The other thing I’ve noticed is that GP on my phone is using 759 mb of data. I assume these are the thumbnails of all the pictures in my GP account. You can clear the data if you want. I’m going to wait and see how large this gets.

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Remove Photos from Phone, but not Google Photos.

  • From the Google Photos app, first make sure all your new photos are backed up.
  • Slide right from the left side of the screen
  •  Settings.
  • Free Up Device Storage

Organization
One thing I don’t like about GP is that you lose all of the organization that you may have setup originally. While photos are put in date order, any other folders you may have setup gets lost. For that reason alone, I’m not going to rely on GP, but keep my own copies at home.

Deleting Photos on GP

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If you look at the graphic above, it seems to indicate that if I delete a photo on GP, that it will also be deleted from other synced devices. I checked this on my phone and the pictures are not deleted from my phone after deletion from GP.

Here are more details on Google Photos from other sites.

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About Tom Terrific

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