I want to save some space in my Google storage. For Google Photos, I am using Original quality, which counts against my 15Gb quota.

I know I can Recover storage, which changes all photos from Original to High quality (except for a few cases, including photos uploaded to Google Drive).

Is it possible to change only selected photos/albums from Original to High quality?

I guess I could re-upload the photos I want to keep with Original quality to Google Drive, so they would be "immune" to Recover storage, but that is extremely cumbersome.

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No, this is not possible. You can have only one option selected which will be applied to all photos. However, you can always set up a secondary account and have one for Original and the other one for High quality and connect both accounts with Shared libraries

  • This sounds like a useful workaround. It seems to have some limitations (e.g, can one have albums with pictures from both accounts?) I haven't tried this yet. Feb 15, 2019 at 12:45

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