Google Photos Stops Backing Up Social Media Folders By Default

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Google Photos has stopped backing up images and videos from folders created by social media and messaging apps like WhatsApp, Messages, and TikTok (via Android Police).

Previously, Google's photo app would automatically upload all media saved to an iOS device, including any files saved in folders originating from social and messaging apps.

Google says it's now turning off this aspect of its cloud photo backup service "to save internet resources" as people share more photos and videos amid the ongoing global health crisis.

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

Other digital services including YouTube and Disney+ adopted similar measures to reduce bandwidth strain caused by the global health crisis several months ago.

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RickDEGH

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Poor quality images/videos from social media anyway. Apart from photos/videos of wife/kids/family, could less. Automatic media saving from SM (only use Skype, Signal, iMessage, WhatsApp) is turned off by default and I’m not changing that. When I need any of them backed up, I’d just turn it on.
 

itsmilo

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huh? Aren’t those images part of the camera roll and therefore uploaded anyway? Just not part of a dedicated folder?
 

Gsmaniac

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I was just saying this morning to a friend how bloody aggressive this app is. I hate how if you try to delete uploaded media from the app, it will also delete it from ios photos too. And if you try to turn off app permissions to read and write, the app gets blocked from opening. My friend uses it to send me uncompressed media files which is the only reason I want to use it. But I’m very tempted to delete it.
 
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69Mustang

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I was just saying this morning to a friend how bloody aggressive this app is. I hate how if you try to delete uploaded media from the app, it will also delete it from ios photos too. And if you try to turn off app permissions to read and write, the app gets blocked from opening. My friend uses it to send me uncompressed media files which is the only reason I want to use it. But I’m very tempted to delete it.
It's aggressive because it sounds as if it's set that way. Turn off auto-sync and back up. ← That's what you're phone is doing... syncing and backing up. It's why both are being deleted. You don't need to turn off app permissions, just the auto-sync and back up function.
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Could it be related to the fact that in IOS 14 such behavior may raise eyebrows as people realize how intrusive this is.
No it is not.
 

nylonsteel

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its wierd sometimes when a n old almost forgoten photo suddenly shows up on your device
another thing to worry about - knowing where your photos are in the ether or device complexities
i enjoyed the days when everything was on classic myspace - one place for all your online photos - funny or not
 

phenste

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am i the only one that hates the new google photos logo
It’s a fascinating Apple ripoff. The original Photos icon in 2007: a simple photo of a flower, turned into a weird 2D representation of such after iOS 7—now turned into an even WEIRDER 2D representation of such by Google.

(This probably sounds weirdly like I’m being defensive of Apple when I’m not, it took me years to even figure out what the flat Photos icon was supposed to represent—this takes that to an even sillier degree. Oh Google)
 

GrumpyMom

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It's aggressive because it sounds as if it's set that way. Turn off auto-sync and back up. ← That's what you're phone is doing... syncing and backing up. It's why both are being deleted. You don't need to turn off app permissions, just the auto-sync and back up function.
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No it is not.
It’s aggressive in the sense that the default settings dive deep into your stuff. Not everyone realizes it’s all customizable. I think the trend to make such features opt in rather than opt out is moving in the right direction.
 

Gsmaniac

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It's aggressive because it sounds as if it's set that way. Turn off auto-sync and back up. ← That's what you're phone is doing... syncing and backing up. It's why both are being deleted. You don't need to turn off app permissions, just the auto-sync and back up function.
yeah I had turned off auto sync but I still can’t delete Media from the app without it also deleting from camera roll.
 

atoqir

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yeah I had turned off auto sync but I still can’t delete Media from the app without it also deleting from camera roll.
This is same thing if you use iCloud backup for Photo's. Delete a picture and it will get deleted in the cloud and all your other devices.

Google Photos is more like an alternative viewer of your device camera roll merged with previously uploaded pictures to Googles cloud.
 
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