Google Photos stops syncing with Google Drive in July

Yolanda Curtis
June 13, 2019

After offering sync between Google Photos and Google Drive for long, Google has now chose to end the sync service because the whole thing is too "confusing" for users. This change is created to help prevent accidental deletion of items across products.

The first mention of this possibility came from Forbes a month ago, and according to Android Police, the changes are coming in an effort clear up user confusion and provide a "simplified" experience going forward.


"We've heard that many of you would like more granular control when copying photos and videos from Drive into Photos", Dan Schlosser, product manager of Google Drive, and Jason Gupta, product manager of Google Photos, said in the post.

Today, new photos and videos that appear in a user's Google Photos automatically appear in that user's Google Drive as well. Of course, all photos and videos from Drive in Photos that you already uploaded prior to these changes will remain in the Photos. Google specifically calls out deletion of photos, saying that deleting from one service won't affect photos in another - this could be a hint of where some users found some confusion regarding the connection between the services.


Photos and videos you save to Google Drive will no longer automatically be copied to Google Photos.

The file-syncing automatically added images from your Google Photos account to Google Drive and vice-versa. Copied items are not linked back to the original service. "Since photos and videos will no longer sync across both products, items copied in Original Quality will count towards your storage quota in both Drive and Photos", Google notes. Items you delete in Photos will not be deleted in Drive and vice versa. If you have a "Google Photos" folder in Drive, it will remain in Drive, but will no longer update automatically. The Backup and Sync feature on Windows and macOS can still be used to upload to both of them in High Quality or Original Quality.


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