*See October 28 update for a solution to the problem described below.
Please. Hit me over the head with a hammer. March me away, appropriately restrained.
Maybe it’s time to admit the world has moved on without me, and for me to go back to books.
I don’t use Google Drive much. It’s useful for sharing work projects, pictures and publishing blog posts. I back up to a hard drive and to a cloud storage service, so don’t need Google Drive for storage.
But Google caught me at a weak moment, I think. I have a vague memory of a moment not too long ago, when the option to upload my photos to Google Drive appeared in my email. Without thinking it through — I clicked “yes.”
Activity began to take place. The internet slowed down.
Wait!!! Stop!!!! Changed my mind!
I hurriedly scrounged around but couldn’t figure out how to stop whatever was taking place, gave up and hoped for the best.
This week a message appeared: my free 15 gigabytes on Google Drive are used up. Dump files, or buy more space, or no more e-mail storage for me. A link provided a pie chart confirming that photos were taking up most of the space.
Maybe I only imagined allowing a change in my relationship with Google Drive. Maybe photos have been building up all along.
I tried deleting photos.
They uploaded right back in again.
I searched in vain again for ways to stop the upload. One fix: lower quality photos are stored for free (for now). Compress my photos from “Original” to “High” quality and problem solved (until Google Drive rules change).
Here’s where it might have been better to just go with the flow, compress my photos and fuhgedaboutit.
Instead, I pressed on.
Google Help forum revealed people with my problem, but volunteer experts didn’t seem to understand the question. Clearly the questioners and I were not understanding something fundamental.
Found a helpful set of instructions for “Joshua” from “Emma.”
Thank you Emma!! Click Google Drive option, then More, then Preferences, then Sync Options, then fix.
Except there was no Google Drive icon to click on. There were “more” options, but “preferences” remained tucked away somewhere beyond my pea-brained ken.
Finally, I gave up (again) and started compressing my photos to “free-of-charge” size. That’s been happening for several hours. Hopefully the fact that it’s still going on is not a bad sign. 9 GB of free storage are empty again.
BUT — My question is still unanswered. How to stop the syncing altogether?
Maybe, as Bruno Mars says …