If you do not act quickly, you could soon be without WhatsApp photos: The popular messenger is “thrown out” by Google – because a small but important innovation means that photos sent via WhatsApp are no longer automatically saved in Google Photos. But panic is not appropriate, because a change in the settings of the app can avoid the photo meltdown.
With Google Photos, the search engine provider has created a useful app that works on millions of smartphones. The most practical feature is the automatic backup: every photo taken is saved in the Google cloud if desired. By default, this also applies to the media folders that messengers like WhatsApp and Co. create – but that’s now the end.
Google Photos throws WhatsApp out: Automatic photo storage deactivated
As Google reports in its own support forum, the standard backup of such media folders will be removed in the future. The US group wants to save resources, reports Android Police . For the user, this means that photos and videos that are received via WhatsApp and other messengers are no longer automatically saved. For example, if you regularly delete the files from your cell phone because you believe that they are already stored on Google Photos , you will face total photo loss in the future.
In addition to WhatsApp, other messengers and social media apps are also affected. These include, for example, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter and Viber.
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However, users of WhatsApp or Instagram do not have to panic, because with a small change the backup can be reactivated via Google Photos. To do this, you have to select in the settings of the Google Photos app and there under “Backup & Sync” which media folders should be backed up by which apps. Google wants to inform users about the change in the coming days. Data that has already been backed up is not affected; it remains available as a backup in Google Photos.