I have duplicate images and videos stored on Google Photos. How can I detect and remove them?

  • Google must have developed a built-in algorithm that seems to have skipped uploading any photos that would have created duplicates. I found this out by going through the upload process with photos from my Computer that I had downloaded from Google Drive. I had expected numerous duplicates to be in Photos afterward but there were none. The upload occurred on August 23, 2019.
    – Matt
    Aug 23, 2019 at 17:34
  • I know this is what Google claims, but I am absolutely certain it is either not the case, or it fails easily. Just minutes ago I uploaded a photo that had already been uploaded earlier in the day. Google didn't object at all, and merely uploaded the duplicate. For whatever that's worth.
    – JVC
    Dec 5, 2019 at 3:54
  • @Matt FWIW, Google's software is stupid when it comes to adding metadata. You can't add the metadata to the pictures ON Google Photos (because if you ever try to download it's not in the picture itself, which is useless to many people - plus, you can't even rename in Photos) so you have to add it to your PC - but then when you re-upload it stupidly fails to recognize that it's a duplicate image. I guess it's better than a similar issue where some people report that it totally ignores the new meta data!
    – Michael
    Jan 22, 2020 at 20:32

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This method will no longer work. As Google itself says in this link: Upcoming changes to Google Photos & Google Drive

From 10 July 2019, Google Photos and Google Drive will no longer synchronize automatically.

You can use Google Drive to get your photos and use an other software to delete duplicates.

There are some exceptions where the photos are not deleted from google photos to protect you from accidental deletes.

  • There's also macpaw.com/gemini Aug 7, 2018 at 12:16
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    Using Google Drive no longer works.
    – vy32
    Jun 30, 2019 at 18:51
  • Picasa has been discontinued and is no longer available.
    – Flimm
    Aug 13, 2020 at 16:33

Google Photos tries to avoid uploading duplicates, but does not always succeed when different upload methods or devices are used. For example when you uploaded using Picasa, a new upload using the Desktop uploader will create duplicates.

There is no easy way to remove duplicates, but some of the following may help:

  1. You can delete duplicates manually, for example in https://photos.google.com/ where they should be next to each other.
  2. The problem is however which one to delete:
    • one photo may be edited, the other not,
    • one photo may be in an album, the other not.
  3. When the upload dates are different (for example when you uploaded long ago via Picasa, and now again using the Desktop uploader.) it may be easier to delete the duplicates in https://photos.google.com/search/tra where they are sorted by upload date.
  4. There are more ways to get a useful search result, for example the device from which they are uploaded.
  5. See https://sites.google.com/site/picasaresources/Home/Picasa-FAQ/google-photos-1/how-to/how-to-search-for-photos
  6. Since very recently it is possible to delete photos directly from an album. Go to "More options" (3-dots icon), and use "Move to trash"
  7. When you uploaded in the free "High Quality" and have your photos in albums, it may be wiser to simply ignore the duplicates in the library.

A feature to sort and delete duplicates of photos with Google Photos that are already backed up doesn't exist. You may have to manually select the duplicates and delete them.


Other way is to use the Picasa client. Get it at https://picasa.google.com/ and install it. Then, login into your Google account. You will now see that all of your Google Photos files will show up in the client. Enable syncing and then go to Tools, choose Experimental and click on Show Duplicate Files. Delete the duplicate files and sync your library again. Now any duplicate pictures will be removed from your library.


  • Deleting all the photos uploaded that day worked well for me, and allowed me to go back a few months to the last time I moved some photos around on my device too. That magic _tra_ link is what you get when you search for "recently added". Also, Google has since stopped distributing Picasa. Use the link in the other answer, I guess (at your own risk).
    – golvok
    Aug 9, 2019 at 12:42
  • For me the point #3 worked like a charm: when I moved photos between two phones some where re-uploaded and I could discover them :)
    – lucasvc
    Jul 26, 2020 at 11:24
  • Picasa has been discontinued and is no longer available.
    – Flimm
    Aug 13, 2020 at 16:32

Matt is absolutely CORRECT!

Duplicate Files in Google Photos

Google Photos can smartly detect duplicate photos and will skip uploading them if a copy has been uploaded previously. The file names of your photos can be different and they can reside in different folders of your hard disk but the service will still recognize the duplicates and remove them from the upload queue.

taken from:https://www.labnol.org/internet/google-photos-tips/28889/

  • Does this actually work in practise?
    – Flimm
    Aug 13, 2020 at 16:31

I've had the same issue and tried using Picasa's show duplicates function but it didn't work. I was able to quickly delete duplicate photos by looking at the file names of two images that were the same. I noticed that the duplicated image had -001.jpg added to the end of the file name. So I searched with a * wildcard


That showed all the duplicate images, I selected them and removed them.

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