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I've installed Google Photos on my iPhone with the auto-backup feature.

I also have the possibility to install the backup feature on my Mac.

The problem is that iCloud syncs my iPhone pictures with my Mac. So I am afraid if I install Google Photos on my mac I'll have thousands of duplicates.

Is Google Photos smart enough to detect duplicates?

  • I was wondering the same thing, and a further complication is that the iCloud photo syncing between devices puts highly compressed versions on the non-source device. – jayrdub May 31 '15 at 16:03
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Short answer

Google Photos appear that has a duplicate prevention feature that avoid to create duplicates on uploading time but it's not documented, so proceed carefully.

Alternatives

Use Picasa instead of Google Photos to backup your Mac photos.

References

Google Photos Help Forum

  • It most certainly does and has done since the start that I'm aware of. Try uploading a photo, then uploading the same photo. It will check if the metadata is the same, and if so, will not upload it. – Reisclef Oct 8 '15 at 9:50

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