Google has indicated that it is putting to an end the syncing between Google Drive and Google Photos in what they have termed as simplicity.
Changes to the integration of Google Drive and Photos
In a blog post, Jason Gupta and Dan Schlosser the respective product managers for Photos and Drive indicated that they had received feedback from users regarding the confusion that is brought by the connection between the services and thus as from next month there are plans to make changes to simplify the experience.
The changes will take effect as from July, and the videos and photos users add to the Drive will not be appearing automatically in Photos. Equally, any file deletions will not sync between the two. The change has been designed to help users prevent accidental deletion of files and items across the Photos and Drive products. The way the current system is designed it makes it easier for users to mess things up and they can unknowingly lose vital photos if they are not keen.
How does it work?
Google will offer users a way of copying videos and photos from the Drive into Photos through a new “upload from Drive” option that will come to the Google Photos website. As a result, a user will thus have two versions of the same item without any connection between them. However, Google has warned that this is likely to cause challenges when it comes to cloud storage because if the item copied is original quality then it will most likely take space in the Drive and Photos which is not a great thing.
Therefore if a user considers having some content in both places, the best way to do it is through Google’s Backup and Sync app for Mac and Windows. Google has indicated that files that will be uploaded through Sync and Backup in original quality in Photos and Drive will only count once to the user’s quota.
The company has asserted that no file shall be deleted when it cuts off the integration as items in Drive uploaded from Photos WILL remain unchanged.
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