Friday, May 29, 2015

Google Photos for iOS "Preparing Backup" For Hours

It looks like I'm not the only one having trouble with Google's new Photos app for both iPhone and iPad. I let my iPhone sit over night, the constant spinning of a circle letting me know that Google Photos was preparing my backup. As I woke up this morning, it was still going. I went to Twitter and I guess I'm not the only person having issues.

I went ahead and disabled iCloud Drive Photos on my iPad to test and see if that would solve the problem. Lo and behold, it is now backing up the photos I had stored locally on the iPad.
Here are the steps I took:

  1. Turned off iCloud Drive Photos (Settings -> iCloud -> Photos -> Toggle off iCloud Photo Library
  2. Restarted the iPad
  3. Deleted the Google Photos app
  4. Reinstalled the Google Photos App
When the app was preparing backups, it only took a couple minutes and then it started firing the photos off to the cloud.

As for my iPhone, I'm going to keep iCloud Drive Photos turned on and let it run its course. Either it's a bug or Google Photos is parsing out what's kept locally and what's an iCloud thumbnail. I'm inclined to believe that it's parsing as the @googlephotos twitter account informed me earlier that the app will filter out photos not stored locally on the iOS device. That must be what it's doing? I hope?