Facebook: synced photos will be deleted on July 7th; install Moments to give them a home

Facebook users have been given an ultimatum. They have to install the Facebook Moments app, or find another place on their desktop box to host their synced photos. On July 7th, Facebook is removing the albums containing these pictures from the main Facebook app. Rumors started late last year about this strong arm tactic, which will result in an increase in the number of Moments users. Facebook subscribers are listening. As of this, uh, moment, Moments is the number ten free app in the App Store.

Facebook is spreading the word through email. The missive not only mentions the July 7th deadline, it suggests that those who don't want Moments can move their synced photos from their Facebook profile directly to their PC. Facebook has done this kind of thing before. Back in 2014 it removed the chat feature from the main Facebook app, thus forcing users to install Messenger. Those who have resisted have been able to use the chat feature in the mobile web version of Facebook, but that backdoor option will be removed sometime this month.

The Moments app is free and is available to both iOS and Android users. With the app, photos are automatically grouped by the people who appear in a particular shot, and by the date it was snapped. Your friends can add their pictures of a certain occasion to your Moments album, while you send them your pictures of the same event.

Facebook started offering synced photos for iOS back in 2012. The optional feature allowed Facebook users to capture photos taken from their smartphone camera and save them in a private photo album on the social networking app. That is the album that will be deleted by Facebook on July 7th. On the app, the album is called Synced.
On the desktop version of Facebook it is called Synced from Phone. And on July 7th, you can call them gone unless you follow the links below to install Moments.

Install Moments (iOS|Android)

source: @aurevoiralexis via TechCrunch

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7 Comments

1. TheOracle1

Posts: 2263; Member since: May 04, 2015

Facebook are trying their best to copy the Apple evil empire but shall not succeed in my case. FB app, FB messenger, FB Moments? No thanks. When they start to screw with WhatsApp I'll dump that too!

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yaaaawwwwwnnnn.

3. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

FB + Messenger + Moments not to mention all their other less important apps. They are bullying their users and I will see how far this gets them. I can't imagine having 3 apps to use one platform and their apps are usually poorly optimized. If this was like Google photos with Facebook integration it would make sense but I stopped caring about Facebook a long time ago. It's only purpose is for easy sign ups and game leaderboards.

4. XperiaG

Posts: 178; Member since: Jun 06, 2016

alright so Facebook is trying to die on purpose or something like that? it is ridiculous to have three different apps for just one platform... I think that is time to say good bye to Facebook. :(

5. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Easy, dump FB I done with out it for years, dumped it and never looked back.

6. MKeditor

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

I was never interested in "syncing" my photos with FB...or anywhere else anyway.

8. DSJ3696

Posts: 37; Member since: May 24, 2016

I agree with everyone else. I hope this backfires. If it weren't for family (living out of state) I wouldn't even mess with Facebook. Oh- and my photos are already in albums and backed up in 4 different locations. Phack'em. They can do whatever they want with my photos.

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