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

Doris Richards
June 13, 2019

Google has announced that from 10 July, new photos and videos in Google Drive won't automatically show up in your Google Photos account, and new content in Photos won't be added to Google Drive.

Changes are coming to "simplify" experience going forward, according to Google.

Starting in July, Google is changing the way Google Photos and Google Drive interact with each other because frankly, it was a confusing mess.

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 delete in Drive will not be removed from Photos.

This creates a new confusion though which is that photos and videos at original quality now will count towards both your storage quotas, i.e., if a photo at original quality is 20MB in size, you will lose 20MB of space in both Google Photos and Google Drive, for a total of 40MB of space (assuming you use the Upload from Drive feature).

Google says the changes are being made to simplify features that caused confusion for users.

Today, new photos and videos that appear in a user's Google Photos automatically appear in that user's Google Drive as well. Need to get photos from Google Drive into Google Photos? Copied items are not linked back to the original service. Once copied, the files are not connected; in other words, if you delete a photo in Drive it will not delete its copy in Photos or vice versa.

Any photos or videos that were uploaded prior to this change will remain in Photos. The tech giant's other product, Backup and Sync, will also remain available on Windows and Macs to upload your digital media to either product. With the new changes, that goes away and you'll have to manually download photos every single time you want to use them on a Chromebook, complicating what was a mostly seamless process.

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