Google Photos will no longer backup social media folders by default

Google Photos will no longer backup images and videos saved from folders created and managed by social media apps by default (via Android Police). Previously, Google’s picture backup platform would robotically add all pictures saved to your Android or iOS machine, together with these information saved in folders created by apps like Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Now, Google says that characteristic is turned off, and also you’ll must toggle it on for particular apps or run guide backups on particular folders.

Google is citing the surge in picture sharing occurring because the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. “People are sharing more photos and videos due to COVID-19. To save internet resources, backup & sync has been turned off for device folders created by messaging apps like WhatsApp, Messages, and Kik. You can change this anytime in settings,” reads a support page detailing the change.

Google is stressing that any pictures already backed up and arranged by way of social media apps are unaffected by the change, and which you could nonetheless go to particular person folders inside the Google Photos app and activate the “back up & sync” characteristic. Google has a handy guide here for locating your current social media-related pictures and movies on Google Photos, for operating guide batch backups, and for turning on the automated backup characteristic. Some of the affected platforms embody Facebook’s household of apps, the default Messages consumer on Android, Snapchat, and Twitter, amongst others.

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