Upload to Google Photos - Order in Album not chronologically

What is the problem you are having with rclone?

when copying a folder with pictures to google photos, the order in the created album is not defined, its random and not chronologically (exif dates), like google is doing it if uploading directly in google photos.
I checked with manual upload and that worked fine, but not via rclone
Is there any command to force the order in the album?

Run the command 'rclone version' and share the full output of the command.

rclone v1.65.2

  • os/version: Microsoft Windows 11 Pro 23H2 (64 bit)
  • os/kernel: 10.0.22631.3235 (x86_64)
  • os/type: windows
  • os/arch: amd64
  • go/version: go1.21.6
  • go/linking: static
  • go/tags: cmount

Which cloud storage system are you using? (eg Google Drive)

google photos

The command you were trying to run (eg rclone copy /tmp remote:tmp)

C:\Tools\rclone\rclone.exe --config C:/.../rclone/rclone.conf copy --verbose --transfers 4 --checkers 8 --contimeout 60s --timeout 300s --retries 3 --low-level-retries 10 --stats 1s --stats-file-name-length 0 --fast-list C:\...\20240111 Skifahren Serfaus Womo googlephotosWidameista:album/20240111 Skifahren Serfaus Womo```


#### Please run 'rclone config redacted' and share the full output. If you get command not found, please make sure to update rclone.
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[googlephotosWidameista]
type = google photos
token = XXX```

A log from the command that you were trying to run with the -vv flag

Paste  log here

one update:
If i limit the amount of possible transfers to 1, then google stores the files in the same order as they are in the filesystem (which is chronologically)

As per docs:

Modification times

The date shown of media in Google Photos is the creation date as determined by the EXIF information, or the upload date if that is not known.

This is not changeable by rclone and is not the modification date of the media on local disk. This means that rclone cannot use the dates from Google Photos for syncing purposes.

If your photos do not have EXIF then order of uploading will decide.

thanks for answering, but this is not correct, all my pics do have exif dates and gogle is definitly storing the pics in an album according to upload order, not alphabatically, nor chronologically

Well... rclone uploads your photo to Google API and then they are supposed to do all job. It is not possible using API to change anything.

It is ongoing saga with EXIF data being mishandled when using Google API.

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