Google Drive, Google Photos will not sync with each other anymore

Google Photos stops syncing with Google Drive in July

Also, photos and videos that are being deleted in Drive will no longer be removed from Photos and vice versa.

Google has taken to its Keyword blog this morning to explain changes to the sync between their Photos and Drive products.

Google is making a few changes to how its Photos and Drive services sync together. The main one is that the photos and videos from Drive will not automatically show up on Photos and new photos and videos from Photos will not be added to your Drive anymore.


The first mention of this possibility came from Forbes a month ago, and according to Android Police, the changes are coming in an effort clear up user confusion and provide a "simplified" experience going forward. But on the flip side, images you deleted from one service could end up deleting the copy in the other. Likewise, new photos and videos added to Photos will not be added to the Photos folder in Drive too. But items uploaded using Backup and Sync in Original Quality to both services will count only once towards your total online storage quota. Similarly, those that you upload on Drive will not be synced to your Photos app anymore since you probably don't need them to be there anyway.

The company has acknowledged that the connection between Google Drive and Google Photos can be confusing and the current setup is causing issues for some users. Items you delete in Photos will not be deleted in Drive and vice versa. If you have a "Google Photos" folder in Drive, it will remain in Drive, but because of this change, they will no longer update automatically. "As before, items uploaded in High Quality won't count against your account storage quota, and items uploaded using Backup and Sync in Original Quality to both services will count only once towards your quota". While this simplifies things drastically for users, it also means that both services will now have to monitored individually when it comes to storing photos and videos.

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