I have some .svg files created in Inkscape.

I don't want or need them to be converted/compressed for storage on Google Photos; just to be backed up.

How can I stop the Can't add <x> files to Google Photos message from appearing each time I sync?

  • Am I right in thinking this is not to do with Google Drive?
    – ahorn
    Mar 14 '20 at 6:56
  • No. You are not. The problem is the .svg files are vector files, not raster files as Drive seems to think they are when it syncs my Drive folder. The files are only a few K in size and so don't *need *to be compressed at all. I just need them to be backed up WITHOUT Drive telling me each & every time that it couldn't compress them & so has stored them in their original format. Why warn me about this each time? Why not give you the option to ignore future messages for the same files in future? The message box displayed when it does this interferes with further syncs. Mar 14 '20 at 18:36
  • Google Drive doesn't compress files, but Google Photos can, which leads me to believe you're talking about Google Photos.
    – ahorn
    Mar 14 '20 at 18:56
  • I've flagged this question to be migrated to SuperUser.com, since this is about Backup & Sync.
    – ahorn
    Mar 16 '20 at 6:19
  • No, definitely not Photos. I'm talking about B&S, formerly Google Drive. Thanks for the escalation...! Mar 16 '20 at 16:15

In your Backup and Sync Preferences, you have this option checked: "Upload newly added photos and videos to Google Photos".

Backup and Sync window

The official Google Photos help documentation for this says that the file types may only be .jpg, .gif, .webp, .tiff or .raw. That is the reason why you are getting the error message from Backup and Sync saying that you can't add .svg files to Google Photos.

With regards to the wording of your question, note that Google Drive (a web application) does not compress files. This question is about Backup and Sync, which is a computer application, hence why this question should be on superuser.com rather than webapps.stackexchange.com. Also, note that the old name for Backup and Sync was not Google Drive, but rather Drive for PC. For these reasons, this question is not about Google Drive.

  • Sorry. I know they're different apps, but as the interact seamlessly, they've gradually merged into a single application in my mind! I'll repost the question to superuser.com as you suggest. Thanks. Mar 18 '20 at 12:19
  • Does what I have said not give an answer?
    – ahorn
    Mar 18 '20 at 13:02
  • 😊 Indeed it does. But this then begs the question; why not just back up image files that it can't compress without telling me about it? Or, ideally, give you a check box to disable the message in the future? Mar 20 '20 at 8:33
  • Google Photos wouldn't be able to display those files. I agree that Backup and Sync shouldn't try to upload the files in the first place.
    – ahorn
    Mar 20 '20 at 10:19
  • Well, if it didn't upload them, they'd not be backed up, no? As I said above, I think it shouldn't try compressing image file types it doesn't understand and just back them up w/o complaining... Mar 22 '20 at 7:03

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