Google Photos Turns Off Backups for Third-Party Services

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

As a result, Google announced today that it is limiting what Google Photos will automatically back up on your Android device.

Don't fret, though; if you're clever, you can reenable the auto-backup option for all of your device's photo folders.

Google is disabling the Google Photos app's image and video backup for folders created by services like WhatsApp, Messages, and Kik.

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As many people are sharing much more over messaging apps during much of the worlds time-off of work and school amidst COVID-19, Google wishes to save its bandwidth resources that are strained, likely backing up memes, videos, and photos that are shared over messaging apps. It's a small hoop you have to jump through if you want these to sync everything to Google Photos, and I presume Google is counting on most people to ignore it.

Users can reverse this change and re-enable backup of photos and video from social media and messaging apps by following these instructions. Guidance on how to do that is offered in the Google Photos Help Center.

As for which app is affected by Google Photos' change, the list includes the usual suspects: Facebook, Helo, Instagram, LINE, Messages, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Twitter, Viber, and WhatsApp. However, keep in mind Google is making this change for a good reason, so if you don't really need the backups turned on, leave them off to save on resources.

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