Remove Google Photos ‘got old photos on your computer’ popup

March 16, 2020

While attempting to edit Google Photos album on your Mac, an annoying popup, bearing the following message may appear – Got old photos on your computer? Install the new desktop uploader to safely backup photos from the computer and storage cards. When you press the ‘No, thanks’ button the message gets removed only to reappear again. There appears no way to get past this annoying screen. Here’s what you can try to fix the problem.

Google Photos Uploader
Google Photos Uploader
Google Photos Popup

Clear ‘Got old photos on your computer’ popup from your Google Photos

The 'Got old photos on your computer' popup is a Google Photos message that prompts you to download something that you might not want.  It also shows the 'No Thanks’ button but, nothing happens when you click that. So to fix this quickly, do the following.

  1. On your Mac, launch Chrome browser.
  2. Open Settings.
  3. Go to Privacy and security.
  4. Scroll down to Site Settings and select it.
  5. Choose Cookies and other site Data.
  6. Select Block all cookies option.
  7. Close the browser.
  8. Relaunch Chrome
  9. Go back to the Settings > Privacy and Security.
  10. Choose Site Settings > Cookies and site data.
  11. Enable Allow all cookies.

The simplest method to go about is clearing your browser's cache and cookies. But then, you’ll have to go through some tiresome process like re-authenticating your web-based accounts (email, bank accounts, social media, etc.), sending a code to your email or phone, and then sit around, wait for the code, enter the code when it finally shows up.  Moreover, some websites may require you to authenticate the first several times you log in, despite checking the 'remember me' button. Try this workaround instead!

How do I turn off Google photo suggestions?

Open your Google Chrome browser, choose ‘Customize and control Google Chrome’ (visible as 3 vertical dots) and select ‘Settings’.

Privacy Security Chrome
Privacy Security Chrome

Next, click ‘Privacy and security’ link under ‘Settings’.

Cookies Other Site Data
Cookies Other Site Data

Here, switch to the right panel and move to the Content section. Here, hit the side-arrow next to 'Cookies and and other site data' entry. If you see Cookies are allowed text next to the entry, block it.

Block Third Party Cookies
Block Third Party Cookies

For this, check the 'Block third-party cookies' option. The status will now change to ‘Blocked’.

Close the browser and then, relaunch it. Go back to the ‘Settings’ > ‘Privacy and Security’ > ‘Site Settings’ > ‘Cookies and other site data’.


Here, enable the ‘Allow all cookies’ again. Restart Chrome. Your problem should be solved.

Hope it makes sense!


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