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Suddenly all my photos are duplicated in Google Photos Android App. My phone is Samsung Galaxy S7. How to fix? 1 Recommended Answer 17 Replies 19 Upvotes
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All of a sudden my pics are showing a duplicate, side by side of every pic I take. Phone is a Samsung Galaxy S7. Neither app nor phone is new but duplicate pics is.

The photos are duplicated in the app.
If I go to info, one of them has a storage location, the other not.
There are *not* two copies of every photo on my device.
It is clearly a bug in the app that every photo is shown twice.

Now way over 4000 photos and videos are trying to upload again.... 
I've disabled the backup and sync as soon as I had discovered this problem. 

How to fix this bug?

(I want to enable backup and sync again to backup _new_ photos and videos that I take. But I don't want to re-upload all the photos and videos that are already uploaded. 

Also: a duplicate of every picture is overwhelming and confusing.) 

See attachment for duplicate photo with, and without storage location. 

Screenshot: Duplicate of almost every photo 
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And what are you seeing in the Chrome-app if you open photos.google.com there? 
Or the same in the browser of your laptop. 

Did you change anything in the configuration of your Samsung lately?
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I can't speak for Ward, but it has just happened to me too and I have no idea why. Just a few photos are not duplicated (photos which I received from others on Whatsapp) but the photos taken with my Sony Xperia Android phone are all now repeated. I am viewing on desktop with Windows in Firefox. The only thing I can think of is that I disabled forwarding of emails to my email account and reenabled but that is likely to be an unrelated coincidence. I think it is something to do with sync of accounts on devices since I was tampering with settings on new android tablet yesterday.
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I think I know what has happened. I got a message today saying my phone memory was nearly full and invited me to copy to sd card. Seemed a good idea so I gave permission to proceed. I expect that has prompted the duplicates. It would be nice if this hadn't triggered the duplicates.
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From which source you get that warning? 
Normally you would use the Free-up space option in the Google-app to delete the originals in local memory which already are copied to Google. But if your sd-card also is synced to Google, your transfer may have been interpreted as new files which have caused duplicates at Google. 
To be sure, look at https://photos.google.com on your laptop first. 

You have a duplicate post elsewhere, so you are good in that job.
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Same issue as @Ilya Elis here.

I had an Xperia z5 premium for 3 years. I never had a duplicate issue until I migrated to my Huawei p30 Pro. 

I didn't copy any of my photos to the new phone since I knew I had them all in Google photos.

There were no duplicates for about a week but now they're suddenly there. Any photos that I've taken on my new phone have not duplicated, just photos from the old one. 

Just looking at the photos and they actually have different names. It may be related to Xperia file transfer

The photos are duplicated when I look online from other devices as well
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