Google to stop syncing between Drive and Photos

Google Photos stops syncing with Google Drive in July

Google Decouples Drive and Photos

There will soon appear an "upload from Drive" button in Google Photos that will allow users a way to copy videos and photos from Drive to Photos but you will end up having two versions of the same file.

For those who use both Google Drive and Google Photos, there is sometimes some confusion about syncing between the two which can sometimes lead to photos doubling up and taking up precious space in your shared Google storage.

The first mention of this possibility came from Forbes a month ago, and according to Android Police, the changes are coming in an effort clear up user confusion and provide a "simplified" experience going forward.

To replace it, Google is introducing a new feature on the Google Photos' website called "Upload from Drive", which will let you manually pick photos and video you want to import from your Google Drive account. Of course, all photos and videos from Drive in Photos that you already uploaded prior to these changes will remain in the Photos. "If you have a "Google Photos" folder in Drive, it will remain in Drive, but will no longer update automatically".

So Google has chose to retire the file syncing on July 10 in order to "prevent accidental" image deletions, Google said in a Wednesday blog post.

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"Starting in July, new photos and videos from Drive won't automatically show in Photos". "Once copied, these items are not connected between the two products, ' the company notes".

Handily, Google is saying that uploading an original quality photo to both services will only count towards your quota once.

However, there is a way to avoid this double-dipping, which is to use the Backup & Sync desktop tool for Windows or macOS. While this simplifies things drastically for users, it also means that both services will now have to monitored individually when it comes to storing photos and videos.

Google has long maintained an optional link between Google Drive and Google Photos, but it appears that feature is going away.

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