Google Halts Photos and Drive Synchronization Services

Starting July 10, 2019, Google will no longer sync its photos feature with its cloud storage solution, Google Drive. The news comes after the company’s announcement of streamlining its services.

Issued Statement

According to a report by Forbes, the multinational company issued a statement on June 12, 2019, Wednesday. The joint statement released contains Dan Schlosser and Jason Gupta’s names, product managers of the two departments.

Part of the statement reads, “We’ve heard feedback that the connection between these services is confusing.” Following this, they said that “we’re making some changes to simplify the experience across Drive and Photos.” The change will reportedly commence in the following month.

With these improved features, the corporation hopes to eliminate accidental deletion of pictures and videos stored in the system. The corporation also wishes to provide users with a simpler and more efficient approach to saving files.

Google Halts Photos and Drive Synchronization Services

Changes in the System

The changes in the system prevent both images and videos stored in Photos from automatically appearing in Drive. Based on the findings of Forbes, the same holds true for images and videos added directly to the cloud storage.

According to Tech Spot, the changes enacted by Google will help prevent users from encountering confusing activities. Following this, the business plans to provide users with more “granular control.”

Despite these changes in the system, the company still acknowledges the usability of the Backup and Sync applications. Both features are still available for Windows and Mac users. According to Google, “items uploaded using Backup and Sync in Original Quality to both services will only count once.”

The multinational corporation still promises users that multimedia images and videos “will stay in Google Drive and Google Photos.” Should users delete a file, the same file will remain available on Drive or Photos, depending on the account.

However, individuals using automated syncing apps and other similar tools might have a hard time with the change, notes Forbes.

Preparing for Updates

To help users transition to a more enhanced format, Google will provide an “upload from Drive” feature in Photos. According to CNBC, this will allow consumers to transfer images and videos in Drive to Photos. The new updates on July will also include access to “Shared with Me” items.

Likewise, The Verge users to back up their files using the mobile application. Other options of saving files include using the Backup and Sync applications.