Freeing up space in Google Drive by moving photos to Google+

I have only 4 GB out of 15 GB left free in Google Drive. it shows that 8 GB is taken up by Photos.

Now i understand that if i am fine with storing only 2048px version of these in the cloud, i’ll get unlimited photo storage with Google+.

So that;s what i want to do.

Step 1: Isolate Photos in Google Drive

Step 2: Upload all those again to Google+ (which will automatically downsize each to 2048px)

Step 3: Delete All Photos from Google Drive

Now to Do this i can either do it all from my local backed up copy of Google Drive (on my PC) which is straightforward, or i can do it all in the browser somehow….lemme ask google..

well, didn’t find any direct solution…going with the below steps:

Step 1: Install Google Drive for windows

Step 2: Sync is with the cloud Drive so that all my pics etc. are available locally

Step 3: Isolate Photos in Local backup of G Drive (just search for .jpg files)

Step 4: Upload all those again to Google+ using Picassa (Google+ Auto Backup for Desktop) which will automatically downsize each to 2048px)

Step 5: Delete All Photos from Google Drive

..but instead found this post where people have tried to do the same thing is other ways…you may want to check that out too..

UPDATE:

Turns out that the Sync did not get me any of the 7GB images that google says i am using..

Searched for : how to find full size images in google+ that are taking up space in google drive

Neither does Google+ Show any images when i ask it to show Drive images

But many full size pics are present in Android Auto Backup

Great…now all i have to do is go through all 5000 auto backup images and see which ones are full size..

Thanks Google…if only you had focused on adding basic features instead of coating all your crap with Material Design, i could have slept tonight…

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