When signing up for a Google account you get 15 GB of storage space in the cloud. That space is shared by Gmail, Google Drive and Photos. If you have a Google Account you can see what space these accounts are using by visiting google.com/settings/storage. Below is a screenshot of my account space allocations (after I had cleaned up things). If you notice I have 19 GB of storage. Somewhere along the line I had somehow acquired an additional 4 GB of space (to give me 19 GB, but I don’t remember what I did to get that).
Gmail will consume space if you send/receive a lot of email with attachments, but it takes years for see it is really impacting your allotted Google account space. I have been using Gmail since it inception (April 1, 2004) and I have used 9+ GBs. I will soon work on a strategy to backup those emails (to my computer) and back the account down to about a years worth of emails. Many people do not save emails, but I do. I will soon post an article on what you can do to backup your Gmail emails to your computer.
Google Drive, items that don’t take up space are: Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Sites, and files in “Shared with me.” Other files that you store on Google Drive, such as PDF’s, videos, photos, and any file that is not a native Google file… are counted against your allotted space.
Google Photos is often the culprit of consuming Google Drive space because we take a lot of photos that auto upload from your smartphone; and, today’s smartphones take photos that are of “full resolution” quality that are large in file size. A workaround to this is that Google will allow you to store photos, unlimited for FREE, as long as you allow Google to take that “full resolution” quality photo and convert it to a “high quality” photo. To make sure you are allowing Google to make the conversion, on a computer, go to photos.google.com/settings. Make sure “High quality (free unlimited storage) is selected.
If you see that some of your photos is using space, you can click on “Recover Storage” and those photos that are accumulating space will be converted to “High quality” photos. I did this and took an hour or two before I noticed a difference in my drive space. I hadn’t even realized that I had photos (and videos) that were consuming drive space.
I hope what I posted here gives some insight on how Google manages and allocates your drive space. In summary, Gmail emails with large attachments will eat up space; files that are not created by or converted to the Google Doc file formats will eat up drive space; and, photos that you do not allow Google to convert to “high quality” will eat up drive space.
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Today’s Thoughts From Rick – “A Tip When Moving Photos From Google Drive to Google Photos”:
Back in July (2019), Google made a change that has had an impact on many of us and how we store our photos. Prior to that date, you could save your photos to Google Drive and they would show up in Google Photos. After that date, any photos you saved in Google Drive “will not” show up in Google Photos. In essence, Google separated the two services. In the present, if you have photos to upload, upload them directly to Google Photos. The dilemma for many folks, including me, is that I had thousands of photos in Google Drive that I need to transfer or move to Google Photos. Google did provide an avenue to do this in Google Photos. If you go to Google Photos, you will see an upload option and under that option, you now see “Google Drive” and “Computer”.
If you select “Google Drive” you will be taken to “Google Drive” where you can select the photos you desire to upload. This is where the fun begins. Google did not provide an easy way to do this which has me wondering if they wanted you to upload the photos, to begin with (???).
A tip I want to try to explain is this: Typically in a file folder (on a computer), if you select “CTRL-A” in combo on your keyboard, you can select all the files. This does not work in Google Drive where photos are concerned. It only allows you to select the first 50, which is not helpful at all when you have thousands of photos. To get around this, what I found is that, if you hold down the “Shift Key”, select the first photo, let up on the “Shift Key”, scroll to the very last photo, hold down the “Shift Key” again and select the last photo; this will select all of the photos. Even this process is not a quick process and you have to be patient for all of the photos to be selected. Another option is to hold down the “Shift Key”, select the first photo, and while holding the “Shift Key”, scroll to the last photo. As you are holding down the “Shift Key” and scrolling, you will see a count on how many photos are being selected. When done either of the processes as I have stated, click on “Upload” and you will see a dialog box showing the photos being uploaded to the Google Photos. It took me a couple of times to practice this, but it does work.
Tell me why Google did not have an option where you could “select all” photos is beyond me. My goal is to move all my photos from Google Drive to Google Photos to reclaim space on Google Drive. It is my understanding, those photos on Google Drive are now being counted toward space being used if they are left there. If you know of a better way of doing all of this, I welcome the solution(s).
Today’s Tech News Briefs:
Windows 10 build 19033 is rolling out to the “Fast and Slow” rings of the Windows Insider Program; AND, according to the company the version number will be “2004” to prevent confusion with other products, such as “Windows Server 2003.”; Music born from a relentlessly warming planet; AND, “New” Chromebook users can get 3 months of free Disney+…
Today’s Software Pick:
The Great Suspender – This browser extension will make Google Chrome run like butter by suspending tabs you are not using. Highly recommended; especially, if you are someone that opens multiple tabs.
Today’s Android Pick:
Christmas Ringtones 2019 – Is your Android ready for Christmas? If not, you’ve come to the right place. This app has all the Christmas tunes you can think of and then some. Hundreds of Christmas ringtones, preview and install them in seconds. Check daily updates for more.
Today’s “How To” Pick:
Today’s Amazon Deal (don’t know how long this deal will last):
Amazon has the Mission: Impossible 6 Movie Collection Blu-ray + Digital 7-Disc Box Set for $20 with free shipping on $25+ or with Prime…
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November 12, 2019
Today’s Tech News Briefs:
A rollout of Google Photo’s re-designed single-view overflow menu and metadata (EXIF) panel; an upcoming Google badging system that will shame sites that are slow loading; the best Network Mapping Tools; how to create HTML newsletter from RSS feed of any website for free; AND, Facebook is rolling out a Shortcut Bar Setting feature on iOS (coming to Android in the weeks ahead) that gives you control over what you see at the bottom of its mobile app…
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If you own an Android OS based smartphone, you most likely are using Google Photos to archive your photos (and videos) online (at Google Photos). Even though your photos are safely stored online, the question arises, “How do I download all my Google Photos?”. Here at “What’s On My PC” I decided to explore the process that is currently in place to do just that. There is a slight learning curve to this and will require some time; especially if you have years of photos and thousands of photos. For example, in my case, I had 26.6 GB of photo and video content stored at Google Photos that I am still working on. In my case, I had twenty-six 1GB files to download and that is not the end of it. Since I like keeping my photo library organized, I will have to explore extracting the photos and videos from the multiple folders that were included in the downloads. Once I complete this process, I plan to, on an annual basis, download a year worth’s of photos at a time to stay ahead of this.
If you decide you want to explore this, the first thing you need to do is to go to Google Takeout where all of your Google Data is stored. I bet you did not know you could download your Google Data??? Once you are on the site, slightly scroll down to and click on “Deselect all”. If you don’t do this, you will end up downloading not only your photos but all of your data. Continue reading “How do I download ALL my Google Photos?”
A new Google Lens feature will allow Google Photos users to search for text in pictures and screenshots, Google Photos confirmed on Twitter Thursday. The feature could make it much easier to find things like business cards, Wi-Fi passwords that were saved in a photo, or receipts for expense reports and tax reporting purposes, our sister site ZDNet noted.
Google Photos is the best place online to store, edit, tweak and share a massive amount of photos. Plus it adds new features sometimes. Read on for all the little tricks that will allow you to get the most out of your pictures on Google Photos.