Google to remove auto-syncing between Google Drive and Google Photos

Google Photos stops syncing with Google Drive in July

Also, photos and videos that are being deleted in Drive will no longer be removed from Photos and vice versa. "Our goal with these changes is to simplify some features that caused confusion for our users, based on feedback and our own research", write Google Drive Product Manager Dan Schlosser and Google Photos Product Manager Jason Gupta in a joint blog post.

In July, Google Photos users will see an "Upload from Drive" option that will let them move over photos and videos from Google Drive to their Photo account.

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

The one real benefit here is that it's really easy to lose years' worth of photos by deleting them from one app and thinking they were safe in the other.

Users of Google's Photos and Drive cloud storage services have been able to seamlessly access their photos from either platform for some time now, with the services automatically syncing to each other and even sharing storage space, however the search giant has announced that, from July 10 this year, that will no longer be the case. The company says that the change is aimed to help prevent accidental deletion of photos and videos synced across Google Photos and Drive and bring simplicity to the overall experience across both products. In contrast, all the new photos and videos that you upload either on Google Drive or store in Photos won't be available across both products.

Additionally, Google will add an "Upload from Drive" feature to Photos that lets users choose items to copy to Drive. So when you delete one in Drive, the original in Photos will remain.

If you want to upload your photos to both the service, you should use Backup and Sync on Windows or macOS.

Any photos or videos that were uploaded prior to this change will remain in Photos.

The confusing thing with the new system is that photos that are uploaded in original quality to both services will now count towards your storage quota twice.

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