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Now that Google has decoupled Google Photos and Google Drive, Photos no longer syncs with my desktop Mac. Whereas before, deleting an image from the web app/Finder also removed that image from the other library, now the collections become asymmetrical. This is supremely annoying as I had been using the Google Photos webapp to manage the photo files on my computer (it is an old iMac and iPhotos/Photos/Aperture are very slow). Is there a script or tool I can install to get back the helpful functionality Google recently took away?

  • It was extremely irritating that Google decoupled Google Photos from Google Drive. Basically, they want you to keep everything in Google Photos cloud. The only solution I can think of is to use Google Takeout to download all your Google Photos to your mac. Then use a directory comparison tool to compare the differences and delete accordingly. If you want to have photo backup that syncs to a desktop file system in the future, then you'll have to use a service like Amazon Photos, Dropbox, or OneDrive. – wisbucky Sep 10 at 22:40

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