Desktop Uploader For Mac
It is indirectly related (and therefore relevant) to Apple Photos insofar as the Google Photos Backup up pulls photos from photo libraries on our Macs. But as I mentioned in my earlier post, the Google app currently seems to only pull from the iPhoto Library, not the Photos Library. But since most of us have now moved over to the new Apple Photos app, our newest content is stored in Photos Library, not iPhoto Library. Hence, it creates confusion when knowing what to do with the Google Desktop Uploader app. And so, this conversation is indirectly tied to Apple Photos insofar as photo library content is concerned. Note that I did not start this thread. I Googled a topic and this thread was atop the results list (the Google support forums did not appear in the results) hence my reply here.
Google Desktop Uploader Not Working
Even so, I have replied on Google+ and elsewhere, so no one can chastise me for not having done that. But I am thankful for this thread insofar as it can actually be discovered, not buried like discussions on Google's support forums. AND, since this thread does pertain to Apple Photos LIBRARIES, regardless of how teensy and tiny a connection that may be, I see no need to spend time here, trolling in vain, trying desperately to slam the brakes on it's existence. Let freedom reign! Now for the rest of you reading and appreciating this thread, please don't hold back from posting your own experiences, especially if you used the Google Photos Backup app with the iPhoto Library & Pictures options chosen. Did you use the uploader? If so, does it ignore your new photos in Apple Photos Library?
Or are your newest photos, stored exclusively in the Photos app (and not in iPhoto), uploaded too? Despite what LarryHN states, I think this topic is directly relevant for Apple users. I had exactly the same queries as you about what options to pick when I first launched the Google Photos Backup App. I have about 14,000 photos and have moved to Photo (from iPhoto). I selected both iPhoto and my Pictures Folder (where both my iPhoto Library and Photos Library reside). The uploader then said I had about 14,000 photos to upload so I assumed it was ok and smart enough to not upload the same photos twice (the Flickr Auto Upload app does this). I checked what was being uploaded, and my most recent photos (which were not in iPhoto) were being uploaded so it seemed to be able to access the Photos Library database.
Partway through my upload, the number jumped to 28,000 photos to upload (not sure what happened). I have now deselected my iPhoto Library as an option and the number of photos to upload have gone back to the original 14,000 photos. So it appears (to me) that: - You don't need to select iPhoto - You can select your Pictures Folder (and it will upload photos stored in your Photo Library) I can't be certain though, and I can't find any commentary elsewhere. I have posted a thread on MacRumors and have left feedback to Google as well.
I don't know about optimised photos as I don't use iCloud Photo (my library is too large and I don't have enough iCloud storage). I don't think the uploader is smart enough to detect duplicate photos. All my photos on iPhone are all backed up and stored on my Mac, but when I turned on the backup feature on my iPhone, it wanted to upload all the photos on my iPhone even though they were already on my Mac.
This is where it seems to differ to the Flcikr app. I have found that the Flickr auto uploader is smart enough to detect duplicate photos (and so not upload them again). I also use Amazon Photo but find that the Amazon app does not have duplicate detection and so photos get uploaded again. I seem to have to go through my Amazon photo account and delete duplicates. I also believe that the Google Photos (as with Amazon and Flickr) are not sync services (just backup services), so if you delete a photo from your iPhone or Mac, but the photo has been uploaded to the Cloud, it will remain in the cloud unless you delete it. I hope Google comes up with an FAQ with definitive answers to some of these questions rather than trial and error. AndrewC1970 wrote: I also believe that the Google Photos (as with Amazon and Flickr) are not sync services (just backup services).
The Google app for Mobile (Android & iOS) is both Backup and Sync (I am using it on my iPad3): But the OS X app seems to be Backup only (no sync): I would like to upload my 10,000+ photos and videos from my iMac to Google, but I still am worried about creating a mess. After reading Andrew's thoughts, I'm just not sure if I should do it now. Again, the choices in the Google Photos Backup app for OSX are as follows: Choose backup sources. Cameras & Storage Cards (seems like a stupid choice because you will surely edit the pics after they are on your computer). Usb wireless network adapter for mac.
iPhoto Library (definitely don't choose this if you use the Photos app, as per Andrew). Desktop (we all use the Desktop for temporary storage, so this seems silly to select).
Pictures (this is the only choice that 'seems' reasonable). JDW1, There's no need to rush into uploading to Google.
I am sure there will be lots of 'How To's' coming out shortly. As it is, my upload is still going and will take a few days as my upload speed only seems to be able to upload about 150 photos per hour.
I am really enjoying the Assistant though. It has created some really great animations, stories and collages out of my photos and has allowed me to view photos I have not looked at for awhile. It's like I have rediscovered my photo library. Would love to hear how your experience goes once you take the plunge. Apple Footer. This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple may provide or recommend responses as a possible solution based on the information provided; every potential issue may involve several factors not detailed in the conversations captured in an electronic forum and Apple can therefore provide no guarantee as to the efficacy of any proposed solutions on the community forums.
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