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The iOS 16.3.1 update that was released today appears to be causing issues with Google Photos, so iPhone and iPad owners who use Google Photos should probably avoid updating.

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Multiple reports on social media complain about the issue, which The Verge also highlighted. It appears that the Google Photos app is crashing instantly when iPhone and iPad users attempt to open it after upgrading to the latest software.

There is no word on when the problem will be fixed, and whether a fix requires an update to the Google Photos app or can be done server side.

Unfortunately, the update also includes a fix for a vulnerability known to be actively exploited in the wild, so Google Photos users will need to choose between the Google Photos app and improved device security until the problem is addressed.

Update: A new version of the Google Photos app with a fix for this issue is now available.

Article Link: iOS 16.3.1 Breaks Google Photos App [Fixed]
 
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BenGoren

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Unfortunately, the update also includes a fix for a vulnerability known to be actively exploited in the wild, so Google Photos users will need to choose between the Google Photos app and improved device security until the problem is addressed.

If you’re using Google anything, you’ve already made the choice that data security isn’t your priority.

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sw1tcher

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Not if you want to avoid paying the Icloud fees. Of course it doesn't break One Drive which is nice. I don't want to pay monthly for Icloud so I've been finding ways to avoid it. 5 GB of free space is not enough. It should be 10 or more.
Too bad Apple didn't use the iPhone 14's empty space where the SIM card slot used to be for an SD card slot.
 
You trust Apple, right? If Apple tru$t$ Google enough to make Google the default search engine, then by extension you should tru$t Google. :p
I'm waiting for Apple own's search engine. I hope Apple is still working on that.

 

steve09090

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You trust Apple, right? If Apple tru$t$ Google enough to make Google the default search engine, then by extension you should tru$t Google. :p
It's more about minimising Google interference in my life. And I trust Apple on-my-device versus Google everywhere.

If I have a choice of letting Google have my photos or not have my photos I know which one I would choose every single time.
 

icanhazmac

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You trust Apple, right? If Apple tru$t$ Google enough to make Google the default search engine, then by extension you should tru$t Google. :p

So what? Let Apple pocket the b-b-b-billions whilst I, and every other intelligent person, switches off the Google default. It's one of the first things I do with a new device. Good for my stock price and my privacy.
 

MacinMan

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I use google photos as a second backup to iCloud photos. Anyway since I updated today to 16.3.1. I decided to try Google Photos and find that it runs fine for me. Was expecting an instant crash as described here. I also can say that there was an update to Google photos prior to the iOS update, so whoever tested and found the problem may not have the latest version.
 

Aoligei

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I use google photos as a second backup to iCloud photos. Anyway since I updated today to 16.3.1. I decided to try Google Photos and find that it runs fine for me. Was expecting an instant crash as described here. I also can say that there was an update to Google photos prior to the iOS update, so whoever tested and found the problem may not have the latest version.

I use Google photo because I have Pixel devices before and I get unlimited storage. I am still rocking my Pixel 4 as my back up device.
 
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