Google Photos disables backup & sync settings for messaging apps like WhatsApp, Messages, and Kik, here is how to enable them

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Google Photos disables backup & sync settings for messaging apps like WhatsApp, Messages, and Kik here is how to enable them

Google Photos is a photo-sharing and storage service developed by Google. It was announced in May 2015 and separated from Google+, the company’s former social network. Google Photos gives users free, unlimited storage for photos up to 16 megapixels and videos up to 1080p resolution. The service also provides an amazing feature that allows users to backup and sync photos. The feature also helps to keep the device storage free, once the photos and videos that are backed up you can delete them which free ups lots of space. Well, you can still access those backed up photos through Google Photos app anytime.

Google photos have now changed the service for some apps, messaging apps like Whatsapp, Messages, and Kik are now by default disabled for backup by the company. According to the notice of a Google employee, Katelynn, “Due to COVID-19, people are sharing more photos and videos. To save internet resources, backup & sync has been turned off for device folders created by messaging apps like WhatsApp, Messages, and Kik. Starting today, you’ll notice a message in the Photos App about this change. You can change this setting at any time.”

As you all know the current pandemic situation have forced people to stay at home and due to this people are spending more time on these social apps by sharing multiple photos and videos. As a protective measure to save internet resources, backup & sync has been turned off by the company.

Well, Google has not forced its users to stop backing up photos and videos from those apps so you can turn it back to on for backup and sync at any time. A complete list of apps that are by default being disabled by the company is not yet available, but when you check it on your device you will find apps like Facebook, Helo, Instagram, LINE, Messages, Messenger, Snapchat, Twitter, Viber, Whatsapp are disabled.

However, When backup and sync is turned off, you can still find photos and videos from messaging apps on your device and choose individual photos and videos to back up. Previously backed up photos and videos from messaging apps aren’t affected.

Find photos and videos from messaging apps

You can still find content on your device from messaging apps with backup and sync off.

  1. Open the Google Photos app.
  2. At the bottom, tap Library and then “Photos on the device,” tap View all.
  3. Open the message app folder that you want.

 Back up specific photos and videos from messaging apps

  1. Open the Google Photos app.
  2. At the bottom, tap Library and then “Photos on the device,” tap View all.
  3. Tap the folder with content you want to back up.
  4. Select the photo or video you want to back up and then More and then Back up now.

Change your backup settings for device folders

  1. Open the Google Photos app.
  2. At the bottom, tap Library and then “Photos on the device,” tap View all.
  3. Tap the folder that you want to back up.
  4. At the top, turn on Backup and sync.

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