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2/10/17
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SiddR

Duplicate pictures in Google Photos

I have Google Photos on my iPhone, iCloud for Windows, and Google Photos Backup installed in my Windows PC. My iPhone automatically backs up all pictures I take to my Google Photos account, but so does Google Photos Backup on my Windows PC from the iCloud Photos folder which it picks up from my iCloud account, therefore I end up with duplicate photos. How do I avoid this problem? I need Google Photos Backup to backup other photos on my Windows PC (such as from external cameras which I plug in and import pictures), but I also want to see all my photos in the iCloud Photos folder, and I want to keep my iPhone to backup all my photos automatically to both iCloud (so I can see them on my iPad) and Google Photos.
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Amanda - Community Specialist
2/10/17
Amanda - Community Specialist
Hello SiddR,

Welcome to the Google Photos Help Forum.

Google Photos tries to avoid uploading duplicates, but does not always succeed when different upload methods or devices are used. For example when you uploaded using Picasa, a new upload using the Desktop uploader will create duplicates.


There is no easy way to remove duplicates, but some of the following may help:

  1. You can delete duplicates manually, for example in https://photos.google.com/ where they should be next to each other.

  2. The problem is however which one to delete:

    • one photo may be edited, the other not,

    • one photo may be in an album, the other not.

  1. When the upload dates are different (for example when you uploaded long ago via Picasa, and now again using the Desktop uploader.) it may be easier to delete the duplicates in https://photos.google.com/search/_tra_ where they are sorted by upload date.

  1. There are more ways to get a useful search result, for example the device from which they are uploaded.

  2. See https://sites.google.com/site/picasaresources/Home/Picasa-FAQ/google-photos-1/how-to/how-to-search-for-photos

  1. Since very recently it is possible to delete photos directly from an album. Go to "More options" (3-dots icon), and use "Move to trash"

  1. When you uploaded in the free "High Quality" and have your photos in albums, it may be wiser to simply ignore the duplicates in the library.

I'm afraid, a feature to sort and delete duplicates of photos with Google Photos that are already backed up doesn't exist. You may have to manually select the duplicates and delete them.


Let us know if you have any questions.


Best,

Amanda

Kelsey Tonner
5/2/17
Kelsey Tonner
Hey Amanda, I have the issue of duplicate photos where the name of the photo is the same, except one version is .jpg and the other is .JPG    Super frustrating that google can't detect 'identical photos' from image analysis and offer a duplicate removal option.  At this stage, I'm approaching several thousand duplicates like this

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