Google Photos Disables Auto-Backup for WhatsApp Photos and Videos

  • Google Photos Disables Auto-Backup for WhatsApp Photos and Videos

Google Photos Disables Auto-Backup for WhatsApp Photos and Videos

The change comes courtesy of an announcement to the Google Photos Help Community, and a separate notification will also be rolling out via the Google Photos app as part of the change starting today.

Don't fret, though; if you're clever, you can reenable the auto-backup option for all of your device's photo folders.

"Due to COVID-19, people are sharing more photos and videos". So much so, Google is limiting which third-party services can use Google Photos backup and sync features by default. Even with cloud backups automatically creating a copy of your most important files, having a local backup is worthwhile and acts as another way to ensure you never lose any valuable photos and videos if the worst should happen. If you prefer, you can easily revert the change manually to re-enable those backups at any time.

Google Photos was recently given a facelift of sorts and along with it, some improvements of certain functions. Under "Photos on device", tap "View all".

As for which app is affected by Google Photos' change, the list includes the usual suspects: Facebook, Helo, Instagram, LINE, Messages, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Twitter, Viber, and WhatsApp. We wonder why Google decided to make this change so late. Your Photo library should always get backed up no matter where the photos in it came from.