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Quality reduced when uploading from Photos to Drive

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by connorhawke, Aug 11, 2021.

  1. connorhawke

    connorhawke Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I notice some media are reduced in quality when uploaded from Photos to Drive via my Pixel. For example, whereas a 3.5 MB photo remained the same, another 2.4 MB photo was reduced to 1.7 MB on both upload attempts. On using a photo viewer to compare the two versions, I can see the differences.

    However, when using a laptop to download the synced photo from Photos then uploading to Drive, quality was preserved.

    Is there a setting I missed to ensure original quality is preserved when uploading from Photos to Drive via Android, or is this another case of Google thinking we won't care and/or notice if quality is significantly reduced?

    Edit: think I found the reason (but not the reason for the reason): quality is reduced when sharing from Photos to Drive a photo that has not been downloaded to the device (i.e. currently only on Cloud), but if the photo is first downloaded to the device and then shared, there is no quality reduction.
     


    #1 connorhawke, Aug 11, 2021
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2021
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  2. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    It seems that you have found the workaround, and congrats for that.

    The reason for the reason?

    Google.

    And that is the reason that I have the very least amount of Google as is possible on my devices.
     
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  3. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    Using a web browser, log into your Google Photos account at:
    https://photos.google.com
    and in the Settings (gear icon upper menu bar), there's an Upload section with size options

    Original quality
    Store photos & videos with no change to their quality

    Storage saver
    Store more at a slightly reduced quality

    The same used to be in the Google Photos app buried in its settings menu too but I didn't see it when I just checked. Google recently made a major policy change on storage fees and such so changes to the app's options are expected.
     
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  4. connorhawke

    connorhawke Newbie
    Thread Starter

    The funny thing is, even with these issues, iPhone is still worse.

    Was and is on Original Quality. The issue I mentioned seems to be a bug or undesired discrepancy.
     
  5. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    Is it possible that the file is being compressed to the maximum resolution of your device?
     
  6. connorhawke

    connorhawke Newbie
    Thread Starter

    My Pixel shot the photos in that resolution and can display the Original Quality version of those photos just fine; and the photos, when shared from Photos to Drive, retain original quality if already downloaded to my Pixel, but suffer compression if not. The dimensions (e.g. 3024x4032) remain constant in either case.

    As I find more issues like these, I might have to eventually retract my statement about iPhone still being worse!
     
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  7. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    So, at this point I would want to test other cloud storage to see if results differ.

    Try this one that offers 100GB of free cloud storage to compare and see if compression occurs.

    https://degoo.com/
     
  8. connorhawke

    connorhawke Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Degoo seems buggy like when I tried it a few years ago. I uploaded a photo and it did not appear. Nonetheless I tried DropBox and yes compression still occurred, again when not downloaded to device but not when downloaded to device. The bug/issue is it is programmed to compress when sharing a photo via Photos that is only on the Cloud (not downloaded to the device), and is not dependent on the service being uploaded to.
     
  9. Trom

    Trom Android Enthusiast

    Depending on your needs, the best solution may be to just save the photos to a desktop. I picked up a 4T Toshiba external drive online for less than ninety bucks, run an ssh and sftp server, and forward port 22. I upload photos manually, but I can do that from anywhere. I'm quite sure I could write a script to automate the process, but I don't really care, besides, I choose what goes and what doesn't. The drive itself is slow af, but it's only job is storage.
     
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  10. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    Whatdoyou mean Degoo seems 'buggy'?
    Are you using the app or the website?

    I use the website.
    I did try the app for a short time, in order to keep them from pestering me about it- but the site is better and so I quickly ditched the app.
     
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