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Google Photos stops by default backing up WhatsApp photos and other social media apps

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Last week in Xataka Android they echoed a change in the application Google photos through which you could stop making backup copies of photos from social networks and messaging apps like WhatsApp. Now this change has been made official, by default there will be no more backups to reduce high data consumption.


Just these days Google has redesigned the Google Photos app with a new interface. To this change it seems that also has accompanied him some interns in functionality. For example, failing to back up certain photos and videos by default.

Since Google Photos allows a unlimited content storage, is a perfect tool to keep a backup copy of all the photos that come to us, no matter how insignificant they are. In other words, an ideal place to store the hundreds of photos that come to WhatsApp groups and other apps. The company wants to slow this down a bit.

As indicated by Google on a new Google Photos support page, due to the large number of photos shared during this COVID-19 situation, traffic has increased considerably and they seek to save Internet resources. Consequently, the backup and synchronization of Photo folders created by messaging apps has been disabled by default.

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Does it mean they will stop syncing? Yes by default, not forever. That is to say, the user can enable this option again whenever they want. But keep in mind that by default it will be disabled, users will be notified to inform them of the change.

The apps from which backup has been disabled in Google Photos they are several and essentially instant messaging. According to Android Police, they are as follows: Facebook, Helo, Instagram, LINE, Messages, Messenger, Snapchat, Twitter, Viber and Whatsapp.

How to activate the backup again in Google Photos

If you consider that the photos received in any of the previous apps are of interest to you, save them in Google Photos, you can turn backup and sync back on. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Opens Google Photos.
  2. Go to ‘Library’ and enter the album that interests you to syncornize.
  3. Tap and enable ‘Create backup and sync’.
SssSss Steps to activate the backups again from the albums of the app.

Albums that are out of sync will appear with a crossed out cloud icon at the bottom right of the album preview. Another option to see at a glance all the folders synchronized or not is to click on the photo of our account and go to ‘Photo Settings’> ‘Backup and synchronization’> ‘Folders of the device with backup’.

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