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m1ckbr1t

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I ditched Microsoft One Drive to go all in with Google 1 upon purchase of my shiny Pixel 6 Pro, but I'm really missing my daily notification at 6am with photos from over the years dating back since my 1st pictures titled "On This Day", it's nice having a brew looking back over the years while you wake up especially when it's a special day like kids birthdays etc... It really does cheer me up. Google photos has some sort of memories thing but they have now disappeared from the app,

I have everything turned on and when I switched to Google photos/Google 1, I painfully uploaded separate albums into yearly folders which consist of around 17,000 pics/videos but still nothing, I had a memory show up in an album at the top of my photos that it thinks I'd be interested in but it consisted of about 6 pics in a slide show format which is just a big NO. I really want "On This Day" back with daily notification spanning across all the years like Ms One Drive does. I do love the speed of Google photos tho.

Am I being thick or does google photos not cater for this as I'm so close to ditching google 1 and going back to Microsoft One Drive. I have searched and posted in Pixel Help Community's to find out that Google may have just given up on these functions. Any advice muchly appreciated.
 

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m1ckbr1t

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I'm getting the notification just fine. Not sure if the exact time but once a day I'll get something.
Hi, thanks for the reply could I ask a couple of questions if you don't mind answering when you have time?
Have you been using Google photos for a while? (Do I maybe need to give it time, as I've had my pics uploaded for about 2 weeks ish?)
Is it just exact pictures from this specific day from past years?
Are the presented as a video slide mode or just pictures that you manual scroll through?

I wouldn't mind what time of day I got a notification as long as I could just go and look on each new day.

Many thanks for you time much appreciated.
 

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Hi, thanks for the reply could I ask a couple of questions if you don't mind answering when you have time?
Have you been using Google photos for a while? (Do I maybe need to give it time, as I've had my pics uploaded for about 2 weeks ish?)
Is it just exact pictures from this specific day from past years?
Are the presented as a video slide mode or just pictures that you manual scroll through?

I wouldn't mind what time of day I got them just that I get them or I can go and look on each new day.

Many thanks for you time much appreciated.
Hey check my updated reply.

- I've been using using Google Photos since day one it came out. I have 60,000+ photos according to my Google Dashboard.
- The stories are usually within a couple days of the today's date.
- They're stories just like on Instagram, Facebook, etc. but if you swipe up you can get an option to "View Day".
 
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Hey check my updated reply.

I've been using using Google Photos since day one it came out.
The stories are usually within a couple days of the today's date.
They're stories just like on Instagram, Facebook, etc. but if you swipe up you can get an option to see more for that day.
Argh ok, thanks for your time. I'll see if it kicks in soon then and starts giving me them. I have added the only photo widget available to me which says "This Week 1 Year ago" but it's showing me pictures from just a couple of months back. Like I said I'll give it some more time as
Hi, thanks for the reply could I ask a couple of questions if you don't mind answering when you have time?
Have you been using Google photos for a while? (Do I maybe need to give it time, as I've had my pics uploaded for about 2 weeks ish?)
Is it just exact pictures from this specific day from past years?
Are the presented as a video slide mode or just pictures that you manual scroll through?

I wouldn't mind what time of day I got a notification as long as I could just go and look on each new day.

Many thanks for you time much appreciated.
Hi thanks for your time, intially I uploaded them to Google Drive along with additional folders and then realised something wasn't right, in MS One Drive this is how I had them. So then I painfully created Albums named 2002, 2003 etc.. as I've got a weird OCD thing where I like all the pictures in a folder with the corresponding year as the name. Maybe this is what I'm doing wrong. All my photos in the app are obviously shown in date order and the app is so fast scrolling, loading the thumbnails then viewing them instantly once selected world's apart from MS One Drive that are slow to load.

So I reckon given what you've said if I get over my weird OCD and move all the pictures out of the albums and put them directly in the root of photos it could fix it, it makes sense really.

Screen shot attached of what I see...

I'll keep you posted when I do it later.

Thanks for your time. Really appreciated.
 

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Argh ok, thanks for your time. I'll see if it kicks in soon then and starts giving me them. I have added the only photo widget available to me which says "This Week 1 Year ago" but it's showing me pictures from just a couple of months back. Like I said I'll give it some more time as

Hi thanks for your time, intially I uploaded them to Google Drive along with additional folders and then realised something wasn't right, in MS One Drive this is how I had them. So then I painfully created Albums named 2002, 2003 etc.. as I've got a weird OCD thing where I like all the pictures in a folder with the corresponding year as the name. Maybe this is what I'm doing wrong. All my photos in the app are obviously shown in date order and the app is so fast scrolling, loading the thumbnails then viewing them instantly once selected world's apart from MS One Drive that are slow to load.

So I reckon given what you've said if I get over my weird OCD and move all the pictures out of the albums and put them directly in the root of photos it could fix it, it makes sense really.

Screen shot attached of what I see...

I'll keep you posted when I do it later.

Thanks for your time. Really appreciated.
I'm a little confused though. You have all your photos showing up in Google Photos but you still have them in Google Drive? Google Drive and Google Photos no longer sync with each other.

"...upload or delete photos in Google Drive or Google Photos, changes won’t reflect in the other product."

But you're saying all the pics you uploaded to Google Drive are showing up? So what method did you go about for that to happen? If you did it by this method, https://support.google.com/photos/answer/6156103?hl=en, then you have duplicated the space used because "If you copy an item from Google Drive to Google Photos, the new copy in Google Photos will also count against your storage."
 
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I'm a little confused though. You have all your photos showing up in Google Photos but you still have them in Google Drive? Google Drive and Google Photos no longer sync with each other.

"...upload or delete photos in Google Drive or Google Photos, changes won’t reflect in the other product."

But you're saying all the pics you uploaded to Google Drive are showing up? So what method did you go about for that to happen? If you did it by this method, https://support.google.com/photos/answer/6156103?hl=en, then you have duplicated the space used because "If you copy an item from Google Drive to Google Photos, the new copy in Google Photos will also count against your storage."
Hi, I removed them from Google Drive then uploaded them to the albums via web browser. I'm defo not duplicating them. I've literally just finished removing them from the albums, so hopefully I'll start seeing the memories. I really do appreciate your time on helping me out. Many thanks 👍😁
 

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Hi, I removed them from Google Drive then uploaded them to the albums via web browser. I'm defo not duplicating them. I've literally just finished removing them from the albums, so hopefully I'll start seeing the memories. I really do appreciate your time on helping me out. Many thanks 👍😁
Hi @EeZeEpEe, previous years has now showed up for me 😁😁 many thanks again for your time and solution. It's still not like I got on MS One Drive but it's certainly good enough for me to stay with Google Photos. Soo happy. 😁👍
 
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I already have been doing, can't week for next week's update 🤣
Hi @EeZeEpEe hope you are well? Could I bother you for another question about Google Photos if you don't mind? I thought I'd come to you after you helped me out with my Memories which is awesome by the way.
Is there a way to remove photo albums from view in Google Photos? I have loads of music albums with album covers and they all show up in the library tab. On the Samsung gallery app you could hide the albums from view, I've checked everything, I think! Any help appreciated. Thanks.
 

m1ckbr1t

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Hi @EeZeEpEe hope you are well? Could I bother you for another question about Google Photos if you don't mind? I thought I'd come to you after you helped me out with my Memories which is awesome by the way.
Is there a way to remove photo albums from view in Google Photos? I have loads of music albums with album covers and they all show up in the library tab. On the Samsung gallery app you could hide the albums from view, I've checked everything, I think! Any help appreciated. Thanks.
I've manage to hide all my music pics from my library. Sorry to bother you.
 

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Hi @EeZeEpEe, previous years has now showed up for me 😁😁 many thanks again for your time and solution. It's still not like I got on MS One Drive but it's certainly good enough for me to stay with Google Photos. Soo happy. 😁👍
There are certainly some differences, I also like the MS One Drive approach better, Google only "occasionally" tells you "hey, this happened 3 years ago, have a look" - but there's no noticeable "trigger" to it, you can't force it and it's hard to comprehend why a certain day is now of interest to Google photos and another one is not.

Over the years I noticed that Google likes to tell you of holidays past, so a certain trigger (maybe) are Google Photos albums that are linked to GPS and were made automatically whenever you were on holiday, but that's just my assumption/ anecdote and might be totally coincidental.
 

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There are certainly some differences, I also like the MS One Drive approach better, Google only "occasionally" tells you "hey, this happened 3 years ago, have a look" - but there's no noticeable "trigger" to it, you can't force it and it's hard to comprehend why a certain day is now of interest to Google photos and another one is not.
Hi, I've got used to it now, my previous years refresh each week and then sometimes it randomly creates an album it thinks I'd like but I'm just loving the actual speed of the app I can scroll from today all the way back to 2004 as fast as I can move my finger down the screen and boom loaded... Also loving the search function which also enables a trip down memory lane by categorising "Things" into Night Clubs, Camping, Swimming etc.... I've long forgotten about MS One Drive Now, especially now I've just figured out how to hide all my music album covers from the Library view. Google Photos is Awesome. Lol
 

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    Wait did you upload to Google Drive or Google Photos? You need them to be uploaded to Google Photos for all the memories. When you do that, there's no need to create albums of years, Google Photos takes care of all that. You'll get stories at the top.
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    I'm a little confused though. You have all your photos showing up in Google Photos but you still have them in Google Drive? Google Drive and Google Photos no longer sync with each other.

    "...upload or delete photos in Google Drive or Google Photos, changes won’t reflect in the other product."

    But you're saying all the pics you uploaded to Google Drive are showing up? So what method did you go about for that to happen? If you did it by this method, https://support.google.com/photos/answer/6156103?hl=en, then you have duplicated the space used because "If you copy an item from Google Drive to Google Photos, the new copy in Google Photos will also count against your storage."
    Hi, I removed them from Google Drive then uploaded them to the albums via web browser. I'm defo not duplicating them. I've literally just finished removing them from the albums, so hopefully I'll start seeing the memories. I really do appreciate your time on helping me out. Many thanks 👍😁
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    Do you install and retrofit skylights? Because your photos sure look a lot like photos I took when I did.
    😆 Nope. Those views are from my job and were either sunrise or sunset pics.
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    Hi, thanks for the reply could I ask a couple of questions if you don't mind answering when you have time?
    Have you been using Google photos for a while? (Do I maybe need to give it time, as I've had my pics uploaded for about 2 weeks ish?)
    Is it just exact pictures from this specific day from past years?
    Are the presented as a video slide mode or just pictures that you manual scroll through?

    I wouldn't mind what time of day I got them just that I get them or I can go and look on each new day.

    Many thanks for you time much appreciated.
    Hey check my updated reply.

    - I've been using using Google Photos since day one it came out. I have 60,000+ photos according to my Google Dashboard.
    - The stories are usually within a couple days of the today's date.
    - They're stories just like on Instagram, Facebook, etc. but if you swipe up you can get an option to "View Day".
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    Argh ok, thanks for your time. I'll see if it kicks in soon then and starts giving me them. I have added the only photo widget available to me which says "This Week 1 Year ago" but it's showing me pictures from just a couple of months back. Like I said I'll give it some more time as

    Hi thanks for your time, intially I uploaded them to Google Drive along with additional folders and then realised something wasn't right, in MS One Drive this is how I had them. So then I painfully created Albums named 2002, 2003 etc.. as I've got a weird OCD thing where I like all the pictures in a folder with the corresponding year as the name. Maybe this is what I'm doing wrong. All my photos in the app are obviously shown in date order and the app is so fast scrolling, loading the thumbnails then viewing them instantly once selected world's apart from MS One Drive that are slow to load.

    So I reckon given what you've said if I get over my weird OCD and move all the pictures out of the albums and put them directly in the root of photos it could fix it, it makes sense really.

    Screen shot attached of what I see...

    I'll keep you posted when I do it later.

    Thanks for your time. Really appreciated.
    I'm a little confused though. You have all your photos showing up in Google Photos but you still have them in Google Drive? Google Drive and Google Photos no longer sync with each other.

    "...upload or delete photos in Google Drive or Google Photos, changes won’t reflect in the other product."

    But you're saying all the pics you uploaded to Google Drive are showing up? So what method did you go about for that to happen? If you did it by this method, https://support.google.com/photos/answer/6156103?hl=en, then you have duplicated the space used because "If you copy an item from Google Drive to Google Photos, the new copy in Google Photos will also count against your storage."