How to Find Google Photos
Remove Duplicates

Ishtiaq by Ishtiaq · Updated Aug. 13, 2020

Google Photos is one of the most popular option for storing photos and videos, with free 15GB of storage space and the ability to automatically sync all of your pictures. It offers tons of useful features and even includes an algorithm that prevents you from uploading the duplicate photos twice. However, duplicate photos in Google Photos are quite common.

For instance, if you've edited a photo, the edited version will sync as it's no longer identical. Also, if the photos in your Google Drive are set to sync to Google Photos, you'll see duplicates of anything that was already in your library. Besides that, uploading photos twice to your drive can also cause duplication.

No worries! Duplicate Photos Finder can help to deal with them quickly and easily.

How to get rid of duplicate photos
in Google Photos

Google doesn't provide a fully-functional API for Google Photos to find duplicates that developers can integrate into their software. But that doesn't mean you can't use a duplicate photo finder to manage your Google Photos albums. All you need to do is connect your albums to Google Drive, download the folder with your photos to your computer, and then scan that folder with Duplicate Photo Finder just like you would scan any other local folder.

How to Find Duplicates
in Google Photos

Follow these steps to find and remove duplicate photos from Google Photos:

Step 1 - Download and install Duplicate Photo Cleaner

Download Google Photo Finder

Step 2 - Your computer should synced with your Google Drive. For that, you'll need to have the Google Drive app installed on your computer and have an active Internet connection.

Go to your Google Drive account online and make sure that Google Photos delete duplicates are backed up to the Drive. To do that, click on the "Gear" icon and select "Settings" from the drop-down menu. Scroll down and select "Automatically put your Google Photos into a folder in My Drive".

google photos drive setup

You will see a "Google Photos" subfolder appear in the "Google Drive" folder on your computer.

google photos drive explorer

Wait for the Google Drive app to download all the photos from your Google Photos account to your computer and find duplicates in google photos

Step 3 - Open Duplicate Photo Finder and select the "Find Similar Photos" option, Add "Google Photos" folder and press the "Start Search" button. Wait for the scan to finish!

google drive path

Step 4 - Now select all the duplicates you want to delete from Google Photos and click on the Delete button to remove them.

Google Photos Duplicate Finder

You cannot delete duplicate photos in google directly but as you can see, there is an easy way to delete duplicate photos from Google Photos with Duplicate Photo Finder. Just follow the steps above and you'll have beautiful and organize photo albums in no time!

Tip:

Google Photos will not sync identical photos, even from multiple devices. But if you've edited a synced photo (such as cropping, adding a location, or changing the date), the edited version will sync because it's no longer identical. You can prevent this in the future by saving edited photos to a folder that you don't sync to Google Photos.


Recent changes to Google Drive & Google Photos

Starting July 10, 2019, Google Photos and Google Drive will no longer automatically sync. We’re making this change to simplify how things work between the two services. You can read more about the changes in our blog post

Unfortunately now you can't delete Google Photos duplicates on your computer and sync them to the cloud.