Google Photos Stops Backing Up Social Media Folders By Default

Google Photos is temporarily turning off backups from messaging apps to save bandwidth - GSMArena.com news

Android Police put together a list of the services Google Photos is no longer backing up folders for.

The change comes courtesy of an announcement to the Google Photos Help Community, and a separate notification will also be rolling out via the Google Photos app as part of the change starting today.

A Google employee has just confirmed that the Google Photos app will disable automatic backup & syncing of media from messaging apps. Even with cloud backups automatically creating a copy of your most important files, having a local backup is worthwhile and acts as another way to ensure you never lose any valuable photos and videos if the worst should happen.

Users can reverse this change and re-enable backup of photos and video from social media and messaging apps by following these instructions.

Why Google is doing is, unsurprisingly, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; due to quarantines and isolation, the search engine has seen a spike in the number of photos and video being sent and uploaded to its servers. You can change this setting at any time.

To manually force these folders to sync like they used to, pull up Google Photos and tap on Library in the lower-right corner. To save internet resources, backup & sync has been turned off for device folders created by messaging apps like WhatsApp, Messages, and Kik. I tested this by taking a photo in Facebook and then saving it to my phone.

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