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When I upload a batch on the website, all EXIF data is erased and the photos are sorted by upload date.

I'm having major difficulties backing up a folder of 2000 jpg files from an old phone (Galaxy S2). EXIF data is all correctly stored on these files and is clear to read from Windows. When I upload these to Photos, I obviously want them to slot into my timeline in the order they were taken. Instead, all the EXIF data is wiped clean and the date taken is changed to the upload date. So I have this HUGE block of photos on one day. Why is EXIF data being deleted? 

Below a screenshot to prove that the EXIF data exists, and is correct.
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I have never experienced Exif being stripped, are there any publicly viewable examples you can share?
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Like Peter I guess that the EXIF data are not stripped, but that Google did not use them correctly. What you see in Google Photos is not necessarily what in written in the photo, but what Google extracted and has put in a database. 

For example when you added a caption before uploading, that caption is added by Google in the database linked to your account, and shown in the info of that photo. When you delete that caption in Google Photos it is deleted from that database, but not from the photo: when you download the photo that caption is still there.  Same may happens with the date/time used in Google Photos: Google may add the wrong time to its database, but the correct one remains in the photo.
 
Can you confirm that by downloading an uploaded photo and see whether the EXIF data are still there ? Uploading the photos again may solve the issue, but the you must either delete the first upload, or change something to the metadata of the photos before uploading, like adding a tag (keyword). In that case you get a duplicate in Google Photos.
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22.02.2019 delete photos come back
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Was there any resolution to this? I would like to migrate my google photos library to iCloud photo but fear all picks will lose location and date info.
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If most pictures in your library come straight from a real digital camera with correct date & time setting or did come from your own smartphone-camera, there will no losses in exif-date at all. 

The problem always is with pictures downloaded from other media: they mostly have a lower resolution and also have all exif stripped-off. That's not caused by Google, but that media is not designed for sharing pictures outside their own apps. 

The problem is more: how do you have planned to realise the transfer and do you have neat yearalbums on Google?
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