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7 Proved Solutions Quickly Solve Google Photos Backup Slow

The following will introduce altogether 7 ways for you to choose to deal with the slow upload of Google photos. Just give them a try and find the one that suits you.

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Dec 11, 2018 | 4 mins read

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Google Photos gives users a more beautiful experience of pictures storage and management over the past years. While, its local device backup app – Google Photos Backup (also called Desktop Uploader) troubled people by its dead slow speed. It takes hours, days and even months to only upload several pictures or videos to online storage.

For this, we provide 7 best ways to help you to fix Google photos backup slow or stuck problem. These ways have been proved useful by other users.

Solution 1. Switch to Other Cloud Drives

Why are you still using it at such a slow speed? Shouldn't you consider trying another one, such as Dropbox, OneDrive, Flicker, etc.? Any of these cloud drives is powerful and the transmission speed is very fast. If you worry about the data already stored in Google Drive, it is unnecessary. You can directly transfer all your data from Google Drive to other cloud drives.

You only need a cloud transfer software to do this easily, without first download from Google Drive to local computer and then upload to other cloud. MultCloud, currently the best cloud file transfer tool in the world, and it's free!

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Solution 2. Keep Google Photos Backup Running Foreground

In default, desktop uploader will operate in background. This may influence the carrying out and backup speed even if the network connection is great. Yet, even if you end all the other tasks, it will still enter into background working environment when you do not touch the screen for a certain period of time and the device enter into sleep mode.

  • Thus, you should set the computer to never go to sleep mode and keep it work 24/7. Then, it should get Google Photos backup slow sloved.
  • For phone, to avoid it from sleeping, you can keep one app (music, video, etc.) working and then open Google photos desktop backup app to carry out uploading task. Please note that you must keep your phone connected to power to avoid battery damage for the tasks will consume much power.

Tips: Keep Background App Refresh turned on.

Solution 3. Restart / Reinstall / Log out and Log in Again …

Re-backup the photo that gets stuck. Check over the photo list; the ones which still wait to be synced will have an icon on it. While, the one currently being backing up or gets stuck has a little spinning icon.

  • Long press that photo and select backup to trigger it to backup that photo again. This should kick start things and get them all backed up then.
  • Try to sign out your account or switch to other account, then, sign in this account again to see whether it restart to upload or not.
  • Restart the Google photos backup desktop app. It may solve Google photos backup slow problem.
  • Restart your device, computer or cellphone, this may improve photos upload speed.
  • Reinstall Desktop Uploader app or update it to the very latest version. The newest version actually is a new app called Backup and Sync, which has replaced Google Photos Backup app in late June, 2017. Actually, many people still find Google photos backup stuck happens to Backup and Sync. Then, you may turn to old version of Google Photos Backup app or even turn back to the oldest Picasa.

Solution 4. Clear Drive Database by Deleting the User Directory

Google photos backup slow, for some users, it may be caused by a corrupt database. Therefore, to clear the relative user directory and rebuild the database may solve Google photos backup not working.

1. Click on the Google Drive icon in the notification area.

2. Hold the shift key and click on the three dots at the top right of the pop up window.

3. Click “Enable Diagnostic Mode”.

4. In the pop up window, select “Open the config directory” to bring up an explorer window.


Open the Config Directory
Open the Config Directory

5. Go back to click on the Google Drive icon and click the three dots.

6. Click on “Quite Google Drive” or “Quite Backup and Sync”.

7. Go back to the explorer window (AppData > Local > Google > Drive > user_default), find “cloud graph” and delete it.


Delete Cloud Graph
Delete Cloud Graph

8. Restart Google Drive.

Solution 5. Adjust Network Connection

Large backups could it be the broadband provider throttling the connection speed down because of the high volume of continuous upload. Thus, keep network connection and better upload photos in a stable and good Wi-Fi environment. For Backup and Sync, you can specify network connection and set bandwidth with no limit to solve Google Photos backup slow problem.


Backup and Sync Network Settings
Backup and Sync Network Settings

Tip: If possible, you can get Google Fiber installed.

Solution 6. Upgrade Your Storage Plan OR Upload in “High quality”

First of all, check over whether you have enough room for all the images you are uploading or not.

To save storage room, you’d better upload your photos/videos in “High quality” which promise users with an unlimited storage space. You can alter pictures quality in Backup and Sync app settings.


Backup and Sync High Quality
Backup and Sync High Quality

To clear room in your Google Drive, you can convert photos/videos there to “High quality” in Google Photos settings.


Google Photos High Quality
Google Photos High Quality

Some people also suspect that the so called “free unlimited storage” for high quality pictures or videos are actually not unlimited. There does is a cap but Google don’t tell its users where it is. However, what we know is that many users successfully get rid of Google Photos backup slow issue by upgrade their storage plan and paid for extra storage space to Google.

Solution 7. Manually Control the Amount of Photos to be Uploaded

A user has observed a pattern for Google photos backup. For uploading huge number of pictures, it initially is slow just giving the number of the photos to be uploaded. If you open google photos online, you will see same pictures with little circular loading icon in the corner. Once all the pics are done with this circular spinning icon, then it starts to move the actual photos and you will see the blue progress bar moving and numbers reducing.

It is terribly slow because it wastes a lot of CPU cycles to going to folders already back up to determine if any of the photos has been back up. It becomes apparent if you look at the logs. Yet, currently, we can't find a way to tell the uploader ignoring these folders.

According to this pattern, to avoid the unknown long time waiting for its start causing Google photos backup slow, we can manually control the amount of photos uploading each time by only put a certain number of pictures in sync folder each time. As for how many should be added into sync folder each time, you should figure it out yourself for it is different for different people.

In The End

The above are just some suggestions for users whose Google photos backup slow. Some users have solved this trouble by one or more of the solutions mentioned above. If you still can’t get Google photos slow backup solved, why don't you choose our first suggestion?

Note: MultCloud has an extension for Chrome brwoser, which will help you access to web edition of Google Drive easily: https://www.multcloud.com/tutorials/multcloud-google-chrome-app-extension-1004.html

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