What Happened to My Photos in Google Photos?


Episode 1628

Will from San Pedro, CA

Will had some photos backed up to Google Photos for a few years, and recently, all the photos had disappeared. What happened? His current photos were uploaded, but anything before 2017 is gone. Leo says that's bad news because Leo always recommends Google Photos. It also proves that users shouldn't trust just one backup source for photos. Use several services. Also, check out the Google Photos trashcan to see if they are there.  Leo says that if Will had used Picasa before 2017, Google may have gotten rid of them because they were stored in PicasaWeb.

How can I allow friends to add photos to my albums on Google+?

Episode 977

John from Michigan

John wants to be able to allow friends to add photos to his albums on Google+. Leo says he isn't sure if that can be done at the moment because Google is in transition at the moment.

One thing he can do is create a public folder on PicasaWeb. Unfortunately, that's going to end soon, which is too bad because Picasaweb is full of features that Google+ doesn't have.

How can I keep my photos private on Google+?

Episode 968

George from Venice, FL

George isn't thrilled that Google+ is taking over Picasa and posting them online. Leo suspects that Google plans on phasing out PicasaWeb in favor of Google+ posting. Leo suggests going over to PicasaWeb and marking his pictures private. When he goes to PicasaWeb.com, he'll be sent to Google+ initially. However, there will be a link to go back to PicasaWeb and he can then set all of his images to private.