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How can I confirm all of my photos have downloaded easily?
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Hi, I downloaded all of my pictures from google photos to my Mac using Takeout. In each folder there are images but also files that look like a piece of paper with the name something like IMG_1462.JPG.json. The files that end in .json do not seem to contain an image and it is random when they are included. Sometimes there are a bunch of them with random names (almost like the image failed to download correctly) and sometimes it will have the identical name to an actual image (almost like it was a duplicate.) Anyways, I have way too many photos to go through and confirm that they are all there and I'm not sure how I can confirm. Any ideas on this? I want to make sure all of my photos are downloaded from Google photos so I can clear up some space on there for other things but I don't want to delete until I know for sure! 

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Hello Becca,
 
I have pasted a method below, but one of the things which makes this hard is that if you have multiple zips then each zip has to be extracted to the same directory. An example is the Photos from 2016 which may be spread over multiple zips. If you selected just the year albums you can ignore the information below and try to get the year albums combined.
 
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Peter
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Go to Google Dashboard and expand the Photos tab.
Left click on the 3 dots and select Download data. If you wait a minute until 'All photos albums included' pops up then click on it and deselect all.
See screenshots online.
Then scroll down and select all the year albums Photos from 2020 etc, or any Albums you have created
 
You will now get a single copy of each photo, one json file per photo, and one filename-edited.jpg for each edited photo.
 
Unfortunately there is no easy way to use the json files without specialist software so they can be safely deleted.
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