Google Photos to stop auto-backup of media files from WhatsApp, Facebook and other apps
- Users who want to back-up photos from these applications can do so by manually enabling it in the settings
- This has been done as more people have been sharing media via messaging applications
Google announced that it will no longer backup media from chat apps like WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter to Google Photos. The back up of media shared and recieved on these applications was automatically stored on the user's Google Photos account.
Mashable reported that the tech company has been conducting tests on the app for a month. With the new update, the default setting of the app will be changed. Users who want to back-up photos from these applications can do so by manually enabling it in the settings.
Google Photos users who already had the setting turned on will not notice any change in the back-up. However, the user can still check if the setting is turned on within the app.
This new move is temporary, according to the company. The default settings of the app have been changed in order to "save internet resources." This has been done as more people have been sharing media via messaging applications during the lockdown and post-lockdown phase.
In order to keep the user informed, Google Photos will also show a notification for this change in the app. The full list of apps was not announced by Google but the confirmed apps include WhatsApp, Messages, Kik, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LINE.
Recently, the company made changes to the Google Photos interface and even the logo. The new update focuses more on memories and how to re-surface them on the app. The photo library now has three main tabs, Photos, Search and Library.