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Why Google Will No Longer Automatically Back Up Files From Your Apps

Google Photos will no longer automatically backup pictures and videos saved from folders created and managed by social media apps. The move is to help google save space and resources.

 

Google says there has been a huge increase in image sharing since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, by making the move, the company is saving space and let its users back up whatever they want to keep.

 

“People are sharing more photos and videos due to COVID-19. To save internet resources, backup & sync has been turned off for device folders created by messaging apps like WhatsApp, Messages, and Kik. You can change this anytime in settings,a support page detailing the change read.

 

Google says although Backup is off by default, users will still be able to toggle it on for specific apps. They can also choose to run manual backups on specific folders.

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Google also says that its users will still be able to access already backed up files from social media apps as the change will not affect them.

 

To back up specific photos and videos from messaging apps;

 

— Open the Google Photos app

— Scroll to the bottom, tap Library.

— Then tap on “Photos on device” and tap View all.

— Tap the folder with files you want to back up.

— Select the photo or video you want to back up and click on Back up now.

 

To change your backup settings for device folders

 

— Open the Google Photos app.

— Scroll to the bottom, tap Library.

— Then “Photos on device” and tap View all.

— Tap the folder that you want to back up.

— At the top, turn on Backup and sync.

 

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