Google Photos Temporarily Stops Backing Up Pictures From Social media, Messaging Apps

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Google Photos has just go t a fresh UI with some functional improvements. With the latest update, Google Photos temporarily stops backing up pictures from messaging and social media apps by default. In addition to that, it also adds a mute button for videos.

Both of these changes have been first spotted by Android Police. By default, Google Photos has always backed up the pictures shot by the camera on your device, as well as the pictures saved from various messaging and social media applications.

Well, this is a useful feature but can be problematic sometimes. Now, Google Photos won’t back up those folders by default. If we consider the app’s string earlier hunted by folks at XDA Developers, the tech giant has temporarily disabled this feature by default to conserve internet resources during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

As with any other folder on your device, you’ll still be able to turn backup on for these folders, but it won’t be enabled by default. In this way, it will save resources for those who really don’t bother to back up their photos from social media and messaging apps. 

Here’s the full list of the affected apps.

  • Facebook
  • Helo
  • Instagram
  • LINE
  • Messages
  • Messenger
  • Snapchat
  • Twitter
  • Viber
  • Whatsapp

Apart from this, Google has also added a mute button to Photos. Since this is a server-side update, you don’t need to update your app to the latest version as it will be automatically reflected in your Photos app. This change isn’t widely available just yet but it will be available soon for everyone.

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