Google Photos to stop auto-backup of media files from WhatsApp, Facebook and other apps

Google Photos will no longer backup media files from messaging apps automatically. This was done to “save internet resources” after a sharp rise in sharing media via messaging apps during the pandemic.

By Digit NewsDesk | Published 01 Jul 2020 13:41 IST
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  • Google Photos will no longer backup media files from messaging apps automatically.

  • This was done to “save internet resources” after a sharp rise in sharing media via messaging apps during the pandemic.

  • The list of apps that will not be automatically backed up includes WhatsApp, Facebook, Kik, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and LINE.

Google Photos to stop auto-backup of media files from WhatsApp, Facebook and other apps
Google Photos to stop auto-backup of media files from WhatsApp, Facebook and other apps

Google announced it will no longer back up media files from messaging apps like WhatsApp, Snapchat, Facebook and more automatically to Google Photos. So far, Google Photos would automatically create folders to backup media files received on messaging apps.

With the new update, Google has turned off the default setting to automatically backup files from messaging apps. Users who want to backup their media files received on WhatsApp, Facebook and others can do so manually by enabling it in the Settings. Here are a few tips and tricks to master Google Photos.

Users who have already enabled the setting manually will not see a difference. But you should still check if there’s any change in the settings.

Google said the change is only temporary and was done to “save internet resources” since there has been a sharp rise in sharing media via messaging apps during the pandemic.

Google will be notifying users about the change via a push notification. The list of apps that will not be automatically backed up includes WhatsApp, Facebook, Kik, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and LINE.

Google also rolled out a new design for the Google Photos app, changing even the logo. The update focuses a lot more on archived photos, and give you a peek into what you were up to a couple of years back.

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