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I'm using Google+ Instant Upload to backup all my photos online, since I purchased Google Storage about two years ago and made extensive use of Picasa.

My question is simple - does adding an Instant Upload photo to an album create a duplicate of the same photo, and hence take up double the storage?

Edit: As a legacy storage user, my storage space is shared across Docs + Gmail + Picasa.

Does this seem relevant to my question?

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This should be easy to test. Create a (temporary) album. Put a lot of photos in it. Observe your storage. If the amount of free space is the same, then it doesn't make copies. Then remove the album. – Al E. Apr 24 at 11:34

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Yeah, got the same question basically. Kinda frustrating there doesn't seem to be a straightforward answer. What I see in G+ (not using Picasa) is that there is only the option to copy a foto from instant uploads (all photos) to an album. Thereby creating at least a view of that photo in 2 places, if not an actual duplicate (and twice the storage). But I don't want even a view of the photo to stay in the all photos place. I want it out of there. Deleting a test photo from there also deletes the photo you copied to the album. My conclusion therefore is that it is indeed a view that's created when you copy. Not ideal though...

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It does not duplicate your photos. The Picasa/Google+ images are basically the same with different front-end views. You can see your account storage usage at

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Not sure if you understood my question. I was not asking whether uploading to either Picasa or G+ creates a duplicate in the other, but whether adding an image from the Google+ Instant Upload album to another album create multiple copies. Also, adding a few photos makes it insignificant to monitor storage increase when you have gigabytes of other photos, and by the time I do realise that they take up space or not, frustrating effort to delete duplicates if any. – Santosh Jan 12 '13 at 4:37

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