Google Photos will no longer integrate with Drive from July

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 13, 2019

For those who use both Google Drive and Google Photos, there is sometimes some confusion about syncing between the two which can sometimes lead to photos doubling up and taking up precious space in your shared Google storage.

From July, the photos and videos that all users (including G Suite customers) upload to Drive will no longer be automatically added to your Photos app or desktop client, and similarly, media added to your Photos app won't appear in the "Photos" folder in Drive.

The current system has apparently caused users to accidentally delete photos and videos across all of their platforms by attempting to remove them from just one, so Google will instead implement more "granular control".

Google claims they heard feedback about Google Drive and Google Photos having a "confusing" connection.

This creates a new confusion though which is that photos and videos at original quality now will count towards both your storage quotas, i.e., if a photo at original quality is 20MB in size, you will lose 20MB of space in both Google Photos and Google Drive, for a total of 40MB of space (assuming you use the Upload from Drive feature). The "Google Photos" folder in Drive will remain as well.

It is worth noting that you'll still be able to sync photos to both Photos and Drive - but only with the Google Backup & Sync tool.

"Any photos or videos from Drive in Photos that you have uploaded prior to this change will remain in Photos", the company added. This feature allows you to select and copy photos and videos from Drive to Photos without leaving the Photos website.

Handily, Google is saying that uploading an original quality photo to both services will only count towards your quota once. In July of 2019, Google will sort-of separate Google Photos and Google Drive.

Confused? Like we said, Google is simplifying things a little bit, but it's still certainly not streamlined. Both services can be used to store photos and videos in the cloud. The update on July 10 will only apply to new media uploaded to the services.

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