Please help me organise my photos

I have about 3 years worth of photos on my phone that I would like to delete to free up space. I started to transfer them a few at a time into ‘google drive’ and then deleting them off phone (don’t laugh) but this was taking hours. In trying to find an easier and faster I found ‘google photos’ and having a look in there it would seem everything is already backed up including photos I had long since deleted.
As you can see I am seriously technologically challenged so my question is what to do next?
Do I just work in google photos and organise / delete in there? Are they the same quality as the photos on my phone as I would like to print them out / do photo books so they need the the best resolution. When I look at the details the resolution pix seem to match but the mb in google photos seem to be very slightly lower. Looking at the settings I think I have been backing up in high quality when I should have been in in original upload size.
Can I then just delete all my photos off the phone ?
Also, I am sometimes a tad disappointed in the quality of the photos once I have printed them, photos that look bright and clear on my phone always seem to be less defined when printed (6 x 4 so nothing too enlarged) Is there anyway of sharpening photos before printing?
Any help appreciated.


  • probably easier to use google photos on your desktop/laptop to organise it but google photos has 2 storage options, FREE and PAID. read all about it here

  • Most photos should look fine at 6x4 which is pretty small. Photos aren't backlit though, unfortunately it's a bit of a dark art to achieve uniform brightness and contrast across different photos. but 6x4 photos are cheap tp print at bigw and the like.

  • Thanks for the responses, I have just discovered that my camera was set to low resolution so no wonder printed photos weren't the best. The backlight from the phone does make them look much better, I have been getting my prints done at Harvey Norman who I think use the same lab as Big W but I will try somewhere else I think.
    I brought a chromebook from Amazon (via an ozbargain deal) which had a lot of free google storage attached to it but think this was might of been for two years. I am only using about 15% of allocated space and will be going through and deleting a lot.
    It seems like a mission to get it all organised as I have left it 3 years but want to get on top of it. I have just ordered a photobook so hopefully the photos will look good enough in it.

  • Google photos, google photos, google photos, google photos…. decide on how important original quality is and you will soon know whether paid vs free option works for you.

  • I know Google Photos is the keen option (I also use it). But I worry about the day that I have to move from them. Between them and a maxed out Dropbox I have about 10 years worth of photos on there. I feel like I should consolidate to both an online (paid) and offline (backup hdd) option. But it feels like it'll be a massive job! Probably need to wait until I get my NBN 100/40 plan!

    • I feel like I should consolidate to both an online (paid) and offline (backup hdd) option.

      You should. One backup is no backup.

      You should have three copies:

      1. Live copy
      2. Non-live backup
      3. Off-site backup
  • In regards to Google Photos free vs paid - you get 15GB (I think?) of storage free (for your entire Google account), which you're able to use almost solely for Photos. Paid starts at $2.50 per month for 100GB total (so 85GB extra).

  • Backup to a pc
    Backup to a portable hard drive
    Use google photos at high res as your final backup , using the wifi backup option , this will give you a third backup option on a daily basis until you do your other backups on a regular basis

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