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I recently switched phones (Samsung S5 to iPhone 8). All of my photos from my Android phone were back up in google photos, and when I switched to the iPhone I noticed that duplicates were also created in google photos.

What would I need to do to get rid of the duplicates (sometimes there's even 3 or 4 copies) of these photos in google photos? I've seen a few people say that google photos recognizes duplicates but in this case, that's not true.
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Hi.

I've setup Photos to share with a partner (my wife). She made the same settings for me. We both set the setting to copy the photos from partner.
When I take a photo, she receives it and vice versa.
We set Photos to backup photos from Viber. When I share a photo to her through Viber I see the photo twice in my photos list in Google Photos. I understand that this is because her Photos backuped my photo from her Viber and then shared to me her copy of my photo, but I'm a programmer and I believe that there is a way Google Photos to see that there are two equal emages standing each other, taken into the exact same time. Maby there are technical differences between them, but I believe there is somethning that kan be done to improve the duplicates check. Google Images is abel to find image similar to a given one and when it finds such with exact match, it proposes different sizes from the exactly same photo. So there you are one solution. There might be some more optimal solutions too. This check can be done when a photo is uploaded. Another solution (maybe for the similar photos, which are not matching exactly) is: the assistant to tell the user that there are duplicates (as in Contacts) and ask if he want to merge them. But this should happen only if Photos couldn't merge them automatically.
I just look at these two photos and I think: there is something tobe done.

I'm in touch for talks about that.
Have a nice day ;)
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@Nikolay
You are right. Duplicate prevention/detection is one of the most frequently asked features since Google Photos exists, but was never implemented. In theory exact duplicates should not upload, but the slightest difference (except title/path) triggers an upload, and there are many reports of duplicates anyway, for example when changing devices. 

The only thing you can do is send feedback, but probably hundreds or thousands already did. I am not optimistic. This is a user to user forum and we have no further information.
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You are wrong! My photos is full of duplicates that are the same photo!! google need this feature urgently!
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False. It does not recognize duplicates at all
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