There was a point a year or more ago where Google Photos had a little indicator on top of each media item that showed whether or not it was backed up. Thanks to it, you could always tell that a photo or video had been uploaded and which were still pending. That indicator disappeared completely, but the photos team finally realized the extent of its mistake by removing it, so it's bringing the functionality back.
An upcoming gallery view in Photos should you see which media items have not been backed up , and manually choose the ones you want to upload. That's all we really wanted, isn't it? It is a necessary feature for users who do not have automatic backup and can never tell what is uploaded and what is not, or who can get stuck with a mysterious "30 items upload" for days on end with no clue as to
We have launched a new gallery to help you see which of your photos and videos have not been backed up and proactively choose items to backup. Additionally we have several improvements to make Google Photos compatible with foldable devices.
The option isn't live yet ̵
If you spot this new gallery view, please let us know. We will keep our eyes open and update this post with an APK if a new version of Photos is needed to trigger the feature.
Reader binaya bajracharya has this special gallery view already. As you can see in the screenshot below, it is a standalone page that only shows the non-backed up photos (like the changelog explained). You can select any photos and upload them right away. This is different from the cloud indicator we had a couple of years ago and that's still there on iOS, as it's separate from your main gallery and you don't need to scroll through thousands of photos looking for a tiny icon to find the ones that could possibly still be pending.