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Deleting photo from a desktop folder synced with Drive Backup and Sync deletes from Google Photos?! 1 Recommended Answer 25 Replies 22 Upvotes
Last edited 1/20/19
EDIT: I changed the title of the issue as we've gotten closer through troubleshooting. See posts further down for more/better information.
I downloaded several photos from an album in the Google Photos web interface. I unzipped the file and copied the photos somewhere and then deleted that unzipped folder. When I go back to the album on Google Photos, all those pictures are gone.
I originally thought that downloading them means you are taking them out of Google Photos forever. But that seems weird and unreasonable, especially if they don't tell us.
My only theory is that I unzipped the download to a folder I have backed-up on Google Drive (NOT my photos folder on Google Drive), which then saw that I deleted the files and deleted them from everywhere on Google.
Seems pretty weird. Actually it seems awful. If I download some of my photos to use them and then delete the files when I'm done, they should still remain on Google Photos forever.
Does anyone know what's happening here? I can't have been the only person this happens to. And it has happened more than once (and I worry about how many times it has happened and I have no idea until months later when I can't find a photo I could swear I had taken).
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