Google Photos Disables Auto-Backup for WhatsApp Photos and Videos

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

Simply put, pictures obtained and photos captured with your phone's camera will simply remain inside the device, and not uploaded to Google's cloud.

Starting today, youll notice a message in the Photos App about this change.

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


A Google employee has just confirmed that the Google Photos app will disable automatic backup & syncing of media from messaging apps. Keep in mind that you'll be getting a message in the Photos app when this change is added, so you'll know when to turn it on again if you still want to be able to back up your photos and videos.

As Android Police reports, the change was announced via the Google Photos Help Community, with Google explaining that, "Due to COVID-19, people are sharing more photos and videos". You can change this setting at any time.

Google Photos was recently given a facelift of sorts and along with it, some improvements of certain functions. Tap them, and then tap the slider to enable "Back up & sync". While Google has not detailed the list of apps that will experience this change, it does mention apps like WhatsApp, Messages, and Kik. Your Photo library should always get backed up no matter where the photos in it came from.

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