Last week, we learned that Google was planning to disable Google Images backups for a number of social media/messaging apps. The app’s strings explicitly talked about the COVID-19 pandemic as the purpose, stating that “in an effort and hard work to conserve online methods, backup & sync has been turned off” for messaging apps. These days, that change is officially likely into result.
The message that was beforehand uncovered has now been formally posted in the Google Photographs neighborhood forum. A notification will also be appearing to consumers in the Google Photographs app. This means that by default, shots and video clips from the affected services will no extended be backed up. Buyers will have to manually go into the app and select all those folders to be backed up.
Google’s assertion only specifically mentions “messaging applications like WhatsApp, Messages, and Kik” as apps that will be impacted by this transform. Even so, in a teardown of the most current Google Photographs APK, we located all the applications that are integrated. Folders whose names match the following regex expression will not be backed up:
This suggests that visuals from Fb, Helo, Instagram, LINE, Messages, Messenger, Snapchat, Twitter, Viber, and WhatsApp will not be backed up. Past backups from these folders will not be impacted. As described, you can even now go to configurations in the app and empower backups manually. Go to Settings > Again up & sync > Back again up unit folders if you have the previous or new Photos UI to make improvements.
We’ve found Google make related adjustments to save bandwidth in the course of the pandemic, so anything like this isn’t uncommon, even though it is a bit late considering how extended it’s been considering that the pandemic took around our lives.