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How to delete duplicate photos in Google Photos

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Summary

To remove duplicate images from Google Photos using Duplicate Sweeper, follow these steps...

  1. Download, Install and connect with the Google Drive app on your PC
  2. Go to Google Drive on the web and click the "Gear" icon.
  3. Click settings from the menu, and tick the "Automatically put your Google Photos into a folder in My Drive" option.
  4. Download, install and launch Duplicate Sweeper.
  5. Open Duplicate Sweeper and click "Add Folder"
  6. Locate and select your Google Photos folder within your Google Drive folder. Click OK.
  7. Click Start Duplicate Search in Duplicate Sweeper.
  8. Review the found duplicates and mark the files that you wish to be removed.
  9. Click on "Recycle Selected Duplicates" and then confirm that you wish to remove the selected duplicates.
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Detailed Steps

Access Google Photos on PC computer

Use Duplicate Sweeper to find and remove duplicate pictures stored in your Google Photos storage.

First of all, please ensure that your computer is synced with your Google Drive account. Download and install the Google Drive app from here https://www.google.com/drive/download/.

The installer will take you through the necessary steps that you need to do to complete the install on your computer. Once the install is complete, the setup Wizard will open automatically. The Wizard will prompt you to enter your Google account information.

At the end of the Wizard, click Done. Google Drive will now be active on your computer, and will have created a folder called Google Drive. This folder will contain all of your synced data from your Google Drive Storage account.

Next, you'll need to access your Google Drive account online at https://drive.google.com/. Click the "Gear" icon on the right hand side of the screen, then click "Settings" from the drop-down. On the settings screen, scroll down and tick the "Automatically put your Google Photos into a folder in My Drive" option. This will ensure that you can access your Google Photos from your Google Drive folder on your PC.

Google Photos Settings Sync Google Photos with PC

From here we can launch Duplicate Sweeper and scan your Google Photos for duplicates.

Launch Duplicate Sweeper and click Add Folder. Locate and select the Google Photos folder within your Google Drive folder. Click OK to add the folder.

Now click the "Start Duplicate Search" button in the top-right corner of Duplicate Sweeper.

Duplicate Sweeper will now scan the folder and return a list of any duplicate files it has found. Tick the files in each group that you wish to remove, or press the "Keep All Newest Files" to automatically select the oldest files to remove. More selection preferences can be found under the Duplicates tab of the Duplicate Sweeper toolbar.

Find and Remove duplicate pictures from Google Photos
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