Google has confirmed that its popular app Google Photos is losing one of its most successful features. The company has confirmed that the photo-sharing service is forgetting its ability to automatically sync with Google Drive. The drive is Google’s cloud storage service.
What this essentially means is that the photos/videos stored on Google Drive will no longer show up on Photos. And photos/videos uploaded to Google Photos won’t show up within the Photos folder of Drive.
Also, the photos/videos deleted on one of these services won’t affect those in another. Google claims this will prevent accidental deletion.
While this may not seem like a deal breaker, the automatic sync between the two points was an immensely useful feature to many. Multiple users are used to having a Google Drive folder on their computer.
The photos/videos they add to this folder would later automatically show up on Photos. And furthermore, the photos/videos added to Photos would automatically be downloaded to the Google Drive folder on their computer.
This was ideal for offline storage/viewing. But now with automatic sync going away, a lot of users will have to change their storage habits.
The update will take effect starting in July.
What does Google say About It?
Google has written a whole blog post concerning this update, titled “Changing how Google Drive and Google Photos work collectively. Here’s their reason:
“We’ve heard feedback that the connection between these services is confusing, so next month, we’re making some modifications to simplify the experience across Drive and Photos.”