It all started right around the time Google decided to discontinue Picasa, a fully featured photo library management app, in favor of Google Photos. The concept makes sense and fits with Google's cloud-based, access-your-stuff-everywhere-and-we'll-use-your-information-to-sell-ads model. I took the plunge, even though I was slightly scared, and trusted Google with my precious, decades-old family photo library. We've since seen a parade of apps come and go on both macOS and Windows: the Google Drive client, the now-discontinued Google Photos Backup app (Desktop Uploader), and now the Backup and Sync app from Google, which promises to keep both our Google Drive files as well as our Google Photos backed up and synchronized across all our devices.
|The Google Drive app is now "Backup and Sync" from Google|
Unfortunately, my recent experience with Google Photos and the Google Backup and Sync app has been a nightmare. The Google Backup and Sync app crashes often on macOS, and randomly deletes files and photos from my Google Drive folder. For example, once every couple of weeks, I find my Trash bin on my MacBook full of files from my Google Photos library or my Google Drive that I never deleted (!). I also see notifications from Backup and Sync saying that some of my files have been deleted on the web, or on another device (something I can confirm that I did not do).
|I never deleted "IMG_4246.JPG", yet Google Backup and Sync thinks I did, and asks if I want to delete it on my local machine.|
This brings up another very frustrating thing about Google Photos: you apparently can't search by filename.
|This picture exists in my Google Photos library (IMG_5089.JPG), but cannot be searched by its filename in Google Photos online|
When I search for a filename of a known picture that is clearly in my Google Photos library, I get no results.
|Searching by filename for a picture that exists in your photos library seems pretty basic, but it doesn't work in Google Photos.|
After seeing some of my precious family photos in the trash this week, and not seeing a huge chunk of my synced photos on Google Photos online, I'm now seriously considering switching to another solution completely for backing up my family photo library. I'm considering giving iCloud Photo Library a try, but have been reluctant regarding the reliability of Apple's cloud services. Got any suggestions?
Amazon cloud has worked well for meReplyDelete
Torry, How are you uploading your photos to Amazon? I tried using the Amazon Drive Desktop Uploader, but you have to upload files manually--it does not automatically upload new or modified files. So, if a new photo is added to a folder, or if an image is edited, I cannot keep track of the changes and manually upload--it would just be too much to do. I am looking for something to automatically track, upload, and synchronize any new changes.ReplyDelete
I took another look at the Amazon Cloud Drive app on desktop and it looks like it now has the ability to continuously synchronize pictures from Desktop. This is awesome!ReplyDelete
Google photos is severely broken. Don't even try to use it with a large amount of photos, over 100,000, or with a SD card, which is a complete nightmare. Moving files on a sd card, causes Google photos to re upload the SAME FILE, making duplicates, putting the same sd card in another device causes Google re upload the entire collection, making 100,000 MORE duplicates. And don't even get me started on trying to delete them from photos, you spend hours and hours trying to delete them, emptying trash, doing small quantity deletes, large quantity deletes, doesn't matter after a few hours THEY ALL COME BACK!ReplyDelete