Something went wrong Google Photos [FIXED]

Vladimir Popescu
by Vladimir Popescu
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  • We take a staggering amount of photos each day thanks to smartphones. Google Photos offers a web-based solution to store, view, and organize them.
  • It offers virtually unlimited space but every now and then when you try to view or share you see an error message. The error comes from the server and usually, there is little you can do. Wait for the problem to go away or switch to something else.
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A large number of users have reported encountering the error message Something went wrong when trying to sync their mobile device photos with their PC by using Google Photos.

This error seems to affect users no matter if they use an iOS or Android device, and it might be caused by a conflict between protocols from the Google servers. Google has yet to release an official statement regarding this issue.

Considering all of this information, in today’s article, we will discuss the best way to troubleshoot this issue and get back to transferring your photos to your PC with just a few clicks. Read on to find out how to do it.


How to fix Something went wrong error in Google Photos?

1. Sync photos to your PC with Adobe Lightroom

Adobe LightroomUsing Adobe Lightroom might seem strange at first, but hear us out. First, it is a great tool to have for any photographer.

The first thing you do is to sync the photos from Google Photos and get them on your PC. This solves the issue of something went wrong permanently because you won’t depend on the Internet connection or on the Google Photos service working properly.

Then, Lightroom comes with amazing organizational skills using machine learning algorithms. This means it makes it extremely easy to search through all your photos and organize them just the way you want them.

Finally, you can use it to really make the most out of the images you love. Enhance or make small correction easily and fast. Your social media followers will appreciate the uptick in quality.

Download Adobe Lightroom free here

2. Restart both your PC and mobile device

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On your PC:

  1. Save all your open documents.
  2. Click the Start button from the left side of your taskbar.
  3. Click on the Power > select the Restart option -> wait for your PC to completely restart.
  4. Sign in to your Windows 10 PC, and follow the next method.

On your Android device:

  1. Save all the files in order to not lose your data.
  2. Long-press the Power button on the side or top of your phone (will vary depending on brand and model).
  3. From the menu that pops up -> select Restart -> wait for the process to be completed.

On your iOS device:

  1. Press the Power button (and volume up or down on latest models) until the power off slider appears.
  2. Drag the slider to completely turn off your device.
  3. After this process is completed -> press the Power button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Can’t import photos from your phone on Windows 10? Fix that with this quick and simple guide!


3. Uninstall and re-install the Google Photos app on all your devices

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On your PC:

  1. Press Win+X keys -> select Apps and Features.
  2. Select Backup and Sync app from the list -> click Uninstall.
  3. Wait for the process to complete -> then click here to download the latest Google Photos app.
  4. Run the setup file and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup.

On your phone:

  1. Long-press the Google Photos app and select Uninstall (this will vary depending on your phone).
  2. Another way is to visit the application store, search for the app -> select Uninstall from there.

Try accessing Google Photos on the Web and avoid issues with UR Browser.


4. Change your phone’s USB settings

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Android:

  1. Navigate to Menu -> Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB Debugging -> turn it On.
  2. Inside the USB Settings -> also check that the USB Debugging option is turned on.

iOS:

  1. Click on Settings app -> Touch ID & Passcode or Face ID & Passcode (depending on the device).
  2. Enter your passcode.
  3. Scroll down and select USB accessories.
  4. Turn the USB connection mode On. (make sure to toggle it off after you’ve completed your transfer for greater security)

Please feel free to let us know if this guide helped you solve your issue with the Google Photos app, by using the comment section below.

FAQ: Learn more about Google Photos

  • How does Google Photos work?

Google Photos is a cloud-based backup solution for images and videos. The application can be installed on your phone or on your PC to upload selected photos to your account.

  • Is Google photos free to use?

If you store all your photos and videos at the Google recommended size, they will not count against your space quota, making Google Photos virtually unlimited and free.

  • How long do photos stay in Google Photos?

The photos will be available as long as the Google account is active and available (and probably sometime after that). Deleting the photos will keep them for 60 days before becoming unavailable.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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