Google Photos is an online photo storage and sharing service from the search engine giant. It is available on both the Web and mobile.
What can you do with Google Photos?
Google Photos lets you view, organize, edit and share photos. You can tag your friends, pets into your photos. You can also create photo albums to organize photos in an orderly manner. For example, you can put all your travel photos in one album and birthday photos in another.
Even though Google Photos has discontinued the free unlimited photo storage, it continues to remain the top photo storage, thanks to Artificial Intelligence. Google Photos automatically recognizes people and pets and automatically tags them in your photos. Not just that, the powerful search feature lets you find a photo taken decades back with the use of Artificial Intelligence.
Google Photos offers automated backups. Just set up Google Photos once on your smartphone and forget it. It will automatically backup your photos on a periodic basis so that you don’t lose your loving memories even if your phone suddenly stops working.
How to Find Duplicate Photos in Google Photos?
Unfortunately, there is no easy way. There is no single service that can automatically find duplicate Google Photos. There were a few solutions before that could do this job. However, after Google separated Google Photos storage from Google Photos, those tools no longer support it.
Has everything been lost? Not really. There are manual workarounds that can help you find duplicate images in Google Photos.
Method 1: Using Group Similar Faces Feature
- Download, install and open the Google Photos app.
- Sign in to your Google Photos account, if you already haven’t.
- Tap your profile photo at the upper right corner of the screen.
- Tap Photos Settings > Group Similar Faces.
- Turn on Face Grouping feature.
- Now, use the checkboxes on the upper left corner of each photo to select the duplicate versions.
- Tap on the Delete icon to move them to the Trash.
Note: Photos moved to the Trash folder are automatically permanently deleted after 60 days.
Method 2: Using PictureEcho (Recommended)
- Open up your browser and go to the Google Takeout page.
- In the “Select data to include” section, click on “Deselect all”.
- Check the checkbox in front of the Google Photos.
- Click on Next Step.
- In the “Choose file type, frequency and destination“ section, set the Frequency to “Export once”.
- Choose a file type (for example, .zip) and maximum file size (for example, 2 GB).
- Click on Create Export.
- Wait for a while. Once your photos are successfully exported, open the downloaded Zip file.
- Extract all the photos to a separate folder (for example, “Downloaded Photos”) on your Desktop.
- Download PictureEcho tool, a duplicate photos finder.
- Click on Add Path and select the source path (for example, “Downloaded Photos” folder on Desktop).
- Select a similarity criteria:
- Exact Match: Use this option to find photos that are exactly similar in nature. These photos are 100% similar.
- Similar Match: Use this option to find visually-similar photos. These are nearly-identical photos.
- Click on Start Search.
- Once the scan is finished, a thumbnail list of photos will appear.
- Click on Select Duplicates and choose one of the selection criteria:
- Retain the smallest image in each group
- Retain the biggest image in each group
- Retain the lowest resolution image in each group
- Retain the highest resolution image in each group
- Retain the newest image in each group
- Retain the oldest image in each group
- Select by image location
- Finally, click on “Select Action” > “Permanent Delete” to eliminate the duplicates forever. You can also select “Move to Folder” to move them to a temporary location for reviewing later.
- Once your collection is freed of duplicate photos, you can upload your photos to Google Photos again.