Google Photos features two storage classes:

  • High quality - Unlimited free storage.
  • Original - Limited free storage

My phone backup mode is set to High Quality, so I have no space problems with it. However, when I upload images from the web console, they are kept in their Original quality.

Is there a way to upload images to Google Photos via the web interface in High, not Original, quality?

P.S., Google Photos allows me to compress the uploaded images after they have been uploaded, but I'm looking for a way to automate the process, rather than remembering to compress after I upload.

compression notification

  • Are you using the desktop uploader? That uploads your photos in the background without any intervention from you. You just need to point it at your local photos director(y|ies).
    – ale
    Jul 24, 2016 at 11:58

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In Settings, you can set whether web uploads are "High Quality" or "Original".

upload quality setting

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