Google Photos Disables Auto-Backup for WhatsApp Photos and Videos

Yolanda Curtis
July 1, 2020

Due to COVID-19, people are sharing more photos and videos.

The change goes further than just messaging apps, though. During these days of isolation, messaging apps have been the only way to contact with family as well as it is being used to contact employees working at home or students. The development was shared by the search giant on its support blog.

The change comes courtesy of an announcement to the Google Photos Help Community, and a separate notification will also be rolling out via the Google Photos app as part of the change starting today.

Google Photos has stopped backing up images and videos from folders created by social media and messaging apps like WhatsApp, Messages, and TikTok (via Android Police).

The usual default setting sends all of this content straight to Google Photos but this is clearly adding extra strain to networks hence Google's decision to switch this setting off. We wonder why Google chose to make this change so late. There's a reason that Google chose to turn off the backup and sync option with these messaging apps, and it's not hard to guess: COVID-19. Previous backups from these apps wont be affected. However, keep in mind Google is making this change for a good reason, so if you don't really need the backups turned on, leave them off to save on resources. So much so, Google is limiting which third-party services can use Google Photos backup and sync features by default.

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