Google Photos and Drive will stop working together next month

Google Photos and Drive will stop working together next month
Google has just announced important changes to automatic sync between Google Drive and Google Photos. It looks like the Mountain View company has decided that the connection between these services is confusing, so they will no longer work together starting in July.

But it's not 100% Google's decision to change how these service are working. The search giant announced that its decision is based on feedback received from users, so it's as much as users decision as it is Google's.

So, starting next month, new photos and videos from Drive won't automatically show in Photos. At the same time, new photos and videos in Photos will not be added to the Photos folder in Drive. Also, photos and videos that are being deleted in Drive will no longer be removed from Photos and vice versa.

Of course, all photos and videos from Drive in Photos that you already uploaded prior to these changes will remain in the Photos. Moreover, those who have a “Google Photos” folder in Drive will be pleased to know that while it will remain on Drive, it will no longer update automatically.

Finally, Google announced that they're bringing a new “Upload from Drive” feature in Photos, which allows users to manually choose photos and videos from Drive to import into Photos. However, these items won't be connected between Photos and Drive, even after they're copied. Keep in mind though that since photos and videos will no longer sync across Photos and Drive, items copied in Original Quality will count towards storage quota in both services.

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3 Comments

1. Gawain

Posts: 432; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

Well that sucks. I like how the folders in Google Drive auto-organize everything... I guess I shouldn't be surprised though, Google doesn't seem to have the long game in mind with some of these things.

2. AceNJ

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

i dont understand why anyone would want this. now it will be even more confusing. how can i delete a photo from google photos now without deleting my device original? the only work around so far was to delete it from google drive.

3. TheOracle1

Posts: 2032; Member since: May 04, 2015

This is what I've been waiting for. I don't need my photos in drive and can't delete without deleting them from Photos.

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