Google is untangling its Photos and Drive cloud storage services

Google Photos stops syncing with Google Drive in July

Google Decouples Drive and Photos

Google Drive and Photos will not automatically sync photos and videos starting July 10, according to a blog post Wednesday.

In a bid to make things simpler, for regular users and G Suite customers, Google will now implement a more "granular control" over the services to prevent accidental changes and deletion of items across these two products.

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After offering sync between Google Photos and Google Drive for long, Google has now chose to end the sync service because the whole thing is too "confusing" for users.

Existing photos will remain as-is, and your "Google Photos" folder within Drive will remain in place. This means that a particular photo deleted in Photos will not be deleted from your Drive account in case they happen to be the same one.

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"Any photos or videos from Drive in Photos that you have uploaded prior to this change will remain in Photos", added Google. "We've heard feedback that the connection between these services is confusing, so next month, we're making some changes to simplify the experience across Drive and Photos". In contrast, all the new photos and videos that you upload either on Google Drive or store in Photos won't be available across both products. Once copied, these items are not connected between the two products.

The automatic syncing will be replaced with an "Upload from Drive" feature, which will allow users to manually select images or footage from their Drive folders - even shared media - and import them to Photos, at which point they'll be unaffected by any changes made to them in Drive.

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Users have been able to disable the Photos folder within Drive for some time, so it seems likely that most users aren't actually using this right now (otherwise it likely wouldn't go away). Those who want to auto sync items to both accounts can still do so on Windows or MacOS with Google's Backup and Sync app. Photos uploaded in "High Quality" will stay free and won't count against your monthly storage quota.

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