Is there a way to download the high-resolution photo after editing it on Google Photos built-in editing tool? I often upload pictures and fool around with the editing, but then I'm only able to download a much smaller version. For instance, a 5.8MB file downloads to only 1.36MB, clearly a large reduction in file size.

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When I use Google Photos, I always seem to have option of downloading high-res original or edited image. I guess, you used to save image by right-click on image and press "Save Image As" or something similar, like you save images from websites.

But you can download high-res image from menu.

Click on three dots in the corner of image ("More Options"): enter image description here

You'll get option to download edited version (or press Shift-D) or original uploaded file: enter image description here

  • Of course there is the option to download it but did you notice that when you download it that way the size is much smaller than the original one?
    – Rachel S
    May 28, 2018 at 3:33
  • @RachelS nope, i double-checked and it seems the size of file i've uploaded (~2MB) May 28, 2018 at 3:36
  • Maybe your original file size was small enough to stay the same size. But my 5.8MB file downloads to only 1.36MB, clearly a large reduction in file size. And did you make sure to edit the picture on Google first?
    – Rachel S
    May 28, 2018 at 13:45

Image "size" may refer to a couple of different things:

  • Resolution: Most people mean "full resolution" when they say "full size". It is possible to download full-resolution images from Google Photos (as long as they are less than 16mp, you own a Pixel phone, or you pay for storage). (See answer by @aaaaaa.)

    If you own a Pixel phone, all images uploaded from the phone will automatically be stored at full resolution. This resolution will apply to any edits performed from within Google Photos.

    If you pay for storage, to use resolutions greater than 16mp, you must change the Google Photos upload size to "Original" on each device that you use to access Google Photos.

    If any of your edits includes rotation or cropping, the resolution will be reduced to reflect your edits. This is true regardless of whether Google is storing "High Quality" or "Original" images.

  • Storage Size: This appears to be what you are referring to when you note that a 5.8MB file downloads as 1.36MB. This happens because Google Photos uses JPEG settings that are lower than those used by most digital cameras. Regardless of whether a photo has been edited from within Google Photos, you cannot force Google to use higher JPEG settings.

  • By image size, I mean smaller file size AND smaller dimensions. Also you did not answer my question. I asked specifically regarding downloading images that have been edited in Google Photos.
    – Rachel S
    Jun 25, 2018 at 17:44
  • You never mention the resolution of the original and downloaded images. What are they?
    – xiota
    Jun 25, 2018 at 20:44

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