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Google Photos will not auto-backup media from WhatsApp, Facebook by default

01 July 2020 0

Google Photos is a tool for storing your favorite photos and videos on the cloud so that they can be accessed from anywhere and on any device. The good thing is that it even supports connecting the app with social media platforms so that media from those places can be backed up as well. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the latter part is undergoing a slight change.

The change is related to the disabling default auto backup of photos and videos from the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook. It means even if you have social media apps linked with Google Photos, the app will not auto-backup media files by default. A user will have to enable the functionality manually if he wishes to take the benefits of the same.

The exact list of social media apps affected by this change is officially unavailable but as per a report, these include:

  • Facebook
  • Helo
  • Instagram
  • LINE
  • Messages
  • Messenger
  • Snapchat
  • Twitter
  • Viber
  • Whatsapp

Google is hoping to "save internet sources" by bringing this change to the auto-backup process. This is not the first time that it has taken such a decision. It has already capped YouTube mobile video streaming to 480p in many markets. The reason for low-resolution streaming is also the same as we mentioned above.


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