Migrating to Synology Moments from Google Photos

Migrating to Synology Moments from Google Photos


“Moments” is Synology’s answer to locally stored photo collections In this tutorial I’ll show you how to migrate your Google Photos to Moments on your Synology NAS It’s TechWizTime For those that are new to the channel, my name is Jonathan and this is TechWizTime, where i create technology tutorials and review videos If you haven’t subscribed them make sure you do and hit that bell icon too The classic photo album has moved from being something physical to a cloud-based digital album With Synology Moments you can store all your digital photos in one location under your control In this video I’ll show you how to migrate from Google Photos to Moments And how to manage your photos with auto sort Full disclosure, Synology sent out this DS1517 Plus now so i could create this tutorial No money exchanged hands Review for that one is coming soon So with all that said, let’s get started We’re going to firstly install cloud Syncing Moments on our Synology NAS So jumping into the Diskstation Manager we need to go to the main menu button and open Package Center From the left-hand side we need to choose All Packages and scroll down to Cloud Sync and click on install Once that’s finished installing we need to scroll down until we find Moments, then click on install This will give you a pop-up notification outlining the required packages needed to make this work Simply click the Yes button for the packages to automatically install and setup This will take anywhere from four to ten minutes to complete, so Go and make a coffee, take a break and come back Once you’ve come back and that’s finish you can proceed to the next steps Now the first time you start up Moments you’ll probably see this error that says “Home service is not enabled please enable the user home service in control panel” Home service allows for multiple NAS local users like co-workers or family members to have their own little private section of storage So if the boss wants his own personal moments, which is secured from other co-workers prying eyes Then the home service feature allows this So back in the Diskstation Manager we need to go to the Control Panel Here we need to go to user under file-sharing and go to the Advanced tab up the top Scroll to the bottom and put a tick besides Enable User Home Service Click the blue Apply button and now let’s try launching Moments again And with that setting now on we’re presented with the moments package welcome information screens One of the important features here on the second last slide is the auto tagging feature If you want moments to automatically organize your photos into albums Then make sure you leave this feature enabled One last thing before we move on It’s important to open the Moments package initially So iT can set up some important folders we’ll need a little bit later, so Don’t skip that step Before we can set up cloud sync we need to make sure our Google Drive has a Google Photos folder we can sync To do this we need to log in to our Google Drive account, which can be accessed via the url “drive.google.com” Here we need to click the cog icon on the top right hand side From this menu we need to choose Settings Now in the Settings section we need to scroll down and place a tick in the “Create a google photos folders” box This will automatically put your Google Photos into a folder called “Google Photos” To finish, just click the Done button Now we have both apps installed and Google Drive ready, we can start setting up our Google Drive account in the Cloud Sync app Clicking on the Main Menu button once again, we need to choose Cloud Sync Once Cloud Sync is open we should be presented with a cloud provider selection If you don’t see this, just click the plus button down the bottom of the window From the list of providers we need to choose Google Drive and click the Next button If you haven’t already, log into your Google account Next you should see this authorization window to allow Synology Cloud Sync to have offline access Simply click the Allow button and next you’ll have to grant permission to Cloud Sync once again by pressing Agree Now we can start setting up the directories Under connection name you can change this to what you would prefer or leave it as the default name of Google Drive Next we need to choose where to store the photos we’re downloading from Google Photos To have these photos show up in Moments we need to place them in the Moments folder that was created back in the beginning Click the Folder icon and navigate through the home and drive folders To choose the Moments folder Click the Select button to choose the folder location The remote path is where we need to grab the photos from Click the folder icon and you should see Google Photos as one of the folders Click on this and then click on the Select button Sync direction can be left is bi-directional, however, since we just want the photos for the Moments package We can change this to download remote changes only You can leave the extra settings here and click the Next button to proceed Finally we are presented with the confirmation of all the settings we’ve just done So we can just click the Apply button here to finish the process You should get a congratulations pop-up, so click the Ok button and go have a few coffees depending on how many photos you need to sync Once all your photos have finished syncing or downloading we need to check one last thing Up in the top right hand corner of the Diskstation main page You may see a circular style icon like this beside the cloud sync icon Clicking on it will reveal the conversion progress of your videos and photos Let this run until it completely finishes before launching Moments Once the conversion process is finished, launch Moments from the Diskstation main menu and all your photos will appear in the timeline If you click on the album section up top you will see several sections including people subjects and places As an example in places, Moments has automatically found pictures from a holiday to Thailand People will be categorized by their faces and subjects by what’s in the picture This is all thanks to Moments using advanced steep learning techniques to determine the content of every photo How awesome is that? So now all your precious memories are in your control on your private storage When it comes to Synology Diskstation apps Cloud Sync is one of my favorite packages If there’s a Synology package you would like to see a tutorial on Then let me know down in the comments below I always read the comments and try to reply whenever I can Do you want to see more awesome tech gadget tutorials and reviews? Then make sure you subscribe to this channel and hit the bell icon for email notifications Did you like this video? Give it a thumbs up and check out our Patreon campaign if you love what I’m doing here Help the community grow by sharing this video on social media platforms like Reddit or Facebook groups Don’t forget to check out these other awesome videos too And as always Imagine, Learn, Create

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22 thoughts on “Migrating to Synology Moments from Google Photos

  1. Haider Abbas says:

    What kind of conversion it does when moving/adding photo or videos to Moments. Does it reduce size or change file format?

  2. Nigel Burrell says:

    I have more than one Google Drive account. Is it possible to set up multiple Google Drive accounts in Cloud Sync?

  3. Tommy Eggers says:

    Pictures and movies are fun. A more serious thing is WOL (Wake On Lan). In this (good) tutorial, you are told to use Cloud (or any digital photo-book-system) instead of a paper-book. BUT: It is expensive (power) to keep your NAS'es running 24/7, so a lot of users have scheduled their NAS'es to power down several times a day, to make sure they dont use power when not in use. So, if you want to see your pictures, you need to power up your NAS. And this is where wol comes in 🙂 Could you please make a tutorial? Or maybe 2, one where everything works as expected, and one that deals with the things that can (and will) go wrong. Thanks in advance.

  4. jarborra says:

    Thanks. I was hoping Moments could ID and organize all the full-res photos I already have in my /photo/ folder on my Synology not the more highly compressed picture I have on Google. Short of moving the picture on the NÄS, can’t I just point Moments to the existing /photos/ folder? Oh and the photo backup thing has been possible with DS File from iPhone for a while.

  5. Greg Lackerman says:

    Can you do a video on installing Windows 2106 server on Virtual Manager?

  6. Grantos Maximus says:

    REQUEST: Could you do one on COPS and/or BicBucStriim? Or bossibly how to set up Calibre in a Docker? I used to run my Calibre eBook library on an older Synology using DSM 5 but DSM 6 broke it for good and no amount of tinkering has ever resurrected my eBook library. Thank you

  7. fotogeek says:

    Thanks for the video. I have the DS 218play and it does not show HEIC or HEIF videos / photos neither in Photo Album or Moments. Is there any workaround without having to convert all those? Because Google Photos supports HEIF / HEVC, they are left as they are in the Google Drive but the NAS is not able to show them =(

  8. Al Fareej Typing says:

    Thanks man that was helpful
    Merry Christmas

  9. steve minnick says:

    do you think this is a better set up and sync by using Moments vs something like PLEX? I have trued to use PLEX to manage and view all my photos but keep coming up with sync issues.

  10. Allen Pinkley says:

    How about migrate from /photos to /homes/user/moments/ without having to move them?

  11. Eric DREVET says:

    Bonjour, Peut-on faire la même chose avec les photos qui sont sur Icloud d'Apple ? Merci

  12. Black Country Lad says:

    Does this work with Apple’s Photos Too?

  13. Richard Humphrey says:

    Critical cost piece missing from this video When you check the box to create a google photo album be aware that you will find you soon run out of storage. Those photos now count against the drive storage plan. You may as well work the other way. Back up your photos from your phone to your synology nas, Then create a a cloud sync that puts your photos back up to your google drive. Now your only using that as an off site backup. In fact you can decide if you want it to be a one way sync so that nothing is removed in teh cloud when you delete it on your nas, or you can have it do both ways, in which if you delete a pic on either side it will be removed in both locations. Now if your using Google drive as off site backup maybe look at onedrive. Google drive terabyte plan will cost you about 130 a year per user. One drive will cost you 99 dollars a year and it includes up to 6 users with each getting a terabyte of storage and includes the office app if you want a local install of office on your mac or windows. I don't promote either I am looking simpy for a more cost effect way to have a backup off site of my house. Both can use cloud sync from nas. Lastly I wish synology had two apps for backing up photos and videos. I have amazon prime and it has unlimited photos included in price. It used to be unlimited period. Now I have to upload all my content of video and photos from my phone to my nas. Then manually take the picture out and place them in a folder that syncs to my prime account. Now my videos go into a different folder like ds video and I have to pay for plans to store those off site. I am ok for now because my chromebook gave me a free 100 gigs of space for another year but I am always looking for a better approach and for me it may turn out to be office one drive in the near future because of space the give me. for 99 bucks. Cloud sync does not work with apple services. If anyone knows of better choices of off site to store videos and photos I would love to hear about your approach. I know I could do external drive but really I don't want to spend time rotating and moving off site, that's even a bigger pain of using my time. I love dsphoto and dsvideo on my tv to view any of that content. Or if your into chromecast you could in dsphoto app on phone you can mirror pictures to chromecast (wish I could mirror albums and go forward) or I can use dsvideo and cast to tV…so many options

  14. Simon Eatough says:

    Bro, where you gone? Great Synology tutorials mate, appreciate the effort

  15. Carlos Barreiro says:

    your videos are very helpful im new to synology and you make it really easy to follow thanks

  16. Karsten Denkler says:

    With the announced changes in google fotos and google drive this soon will not work as fotos from google fotos will not appear in a google drive folder anymore.

  17. Rotary Religion says:

    Is working! thank you mate.

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  19. Sid Singh says:

    Awesome! Thanks!

  20. David Mitterer says:

    This does no longer work unfortunately as Google has shut off the sync between Photos and Drive. Really sucks 🙁

  21. brrrryan says:

    you happen to have a new solution after google killed the drive integration? really missing this.

  22. Avneet Gupta says:

    I am unable to view the google photo checkbox button on google drive 🙁

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