If you have an Amazon Prime subscription you get unlimited photo storage in Amazon Photos.
If you don’t have a Google Drive subscription you get a 15GB storage limit for photos.
After a while you will hit the Google storage limit. If you don’t want to pay for a Google Drive subscription, you can do this to move everything.
- Check you have about 30GB free on disk to do this comfortably
- Request takeout from Google of all photos
- Wait for Google to email a download link
- Download archive
- Inspect archive (takes several seconds to open in Ubuntu archive manager)
- Don’t use the right-click and extract in Nautilus. It just creates an empty folder.
- Use this command in the terminal:
tar -xzf takeout-20210131T163243Z-001.tgz
- Check that the size of the extracted folder is slightly more than the original archive (decompressed JSON metadata)
- Open Amazon Photos in Firefox
- Click “Add” then “Upload folder”
- Try to upload the whole “Google Fotos” folder at once lol yolo
- See upload counter “Uploading 8 of 18557…”
- Wait for it to churn through them all!
Check the stats.
- 9192 items uploaded
- 9465 upload errors
- Is that because of the JSON files or did some photos actually fail?
- Install https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=mohd-akram.vscode-html-format
- Inspect errors element of page
- Copy outer HTML of element
- Paste into VS Code and format
Filter to find any non-JSON errors. This works becuase VS Code formatting puts the span on the same line as the div.
$ cat errors.html |grep "error-desc" | sort | uniq <div class="error-description"><a href="/photos/storage" class="over-quota-link"><span>Over quota</span></a> <div class="error-description"><span>Invalid file type</span></div>
The file name is on the line before. We can use context lines or we can use XPath.
$ xmllint --xpath "//div[@class='error']" errors.html
- Create a new album to add them to
- Namne album Google Photos