Fix Google Photos stuck at “Setting up your photo library”

Fix Google Photos stuck at Setting up your photo library
Fix Google Photos stuck at Setting up your photo library

Google Photos is a daily go-to for a lot of Google users but recently the users are reporting that the app is getting stuck at Setting up your photos library message. Google Photos is one of the most popular photo-sharing, managing and storing app that is used by millions of Android and even iOS users. This app, in fact, doesn’t need any introduction and I am also a deep user of the Google Photos app. But there is something that is needed to be addressed and fixed and that is that issue the users are facing where the Google Photos is getting stuck at the Setting up your photos library message. If you are one of those users who is facing this issue on their Photos app, then stick around to this fixing guide and I’ll show you various ways to fix this issue.

How to Fix Google Photos Stuck at “Setting up your photos library” message

Before heading over to the fixes of this issue, please do note that there is no single universal fix to the issue. Hence there are a number of different methods that have been mentioned in this fixing guide. You’ll have to try out each of the provided workarounds in order to get the one that works for you in fixing the problem.

Fix 1: Delete 0 Byte WhatsApp Files

Let’s start with the first fix on the list and yes, it may sound quite strange but it has worked for a lot of users. All you have to do is to delete all the files that are 0 Bytes in size located inside your WhatsApp folder. Now, manually selecting each and every 0 Byte file will definitely gonna make you mad, hence I’ll show you how you can do it using a Terminal app on your Android phone.

  • In order to start, first download a termianl app on your phone from Play Store. In this tutorial I am going to use Termux.
  • Ofter installing the app, open it and execute th following command:
    cd /storage/emulated/0/Android/media/com.whatsapp/WhatsApp/Media
    This will change the current directory in terminal to the Whatsapp folder where the media files are located.
  • Once the directory is changes to WhatApp media folder, execurte the following command:
    find . -type f -size 0 -name "*.*" -delete
    This will automatically delet all the files that are of 0 Bytes in size.
  • Once done, close the terminal app and go to Settings > Apps > See All Apps.
  • Select Google Photos from the list of apps, go to the Storage & cache section and tap on Clear Cache.

That’s it. Now, open the Google Photos app and see if the issue is fixed or not.

Fix 2: Re-Enable Network Permissions

This issue can be due to some glitch in the network permission granted to the Google Photos app. If this is the case, then it is a good idea to disable and re-enable the network permission for the app. In order to do this:

  • Open Settings on your phone.
  • Go to Apps > See All Apps.
  • Now, from the list of apps, select Google Photos.
  • Tap on Mobile data & Wi-Fi option.
  • Now on the next screen, toggle the switch to off for the Disable Wi-Fi and Disable Data Usage options. Also make sure the Background data toggle is switched to on. You can also enable the Unrestricted data usage option of you have unlimited data on your phone or if you’re on a Wi-Fi network.

Once done, close settings and launch the Photos app and see if the issue is fixed or not.

Fix 3: Creating and Sharing a shared Album

Many users were able to solve the issue of Google Photos being stuck at the “Setting up your photo library” message by creating a shared and sharing it with someone. You can also try this tweak to get rid of the issue. Here’s how to perform this tweak.

  • Open the Google Photos app and switch to teh Sharing tab from the bottom of the screen.
  • Tap on the Create shared album option from the top left to create a shared album.
  • Give it any random name and tap on the Select photos option. Select and add a couple of photos to the album.
  • Once done, tap on the Share option on the top right and shatre it to someone. You can also share it yourself if you want.

After doing all this, close the app and re-launch it. Upon the relaunch, check if the issue is rectified.

Fix 4: Try disabling Face grouping

Lastly, you can also try disabling the Face grouping feature on your Google Photos app. There are users who were suffering from this issue who have reported that disabling the Face grouping on the app have solved their issue. Here’s how you can do the same on your phone.

  • Open Google Photos on your phone.
  • Tap on your account profile on the top right and go to Photos settings.
  • Scroll down and select the Group similar faces option from there.
  • Now switch the Face grouping toggle to off.

Bottom Line

And here comes the end of this fixing guide. There are a total of 4 working fixes/workarounds that I have compiled from various forums and community sites. I am hoping that any of these 4 workarounds will work for you as well. If there is any workaround that worked for you then do let me know in the comments below. Also, if you have any other workaround that worked for you then please share that in the comments as well.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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