Google Photos will no longer integrate with Drive from July

Google Photos will no longer integrate with Drive from July

Photos and videos you upload to Photos won't be synced with your Photos folder in Drive either - but there will be a button to let you copy them across from one service to the other.

Google announced today that it will no longer automatically sync photos between its Drive and Photos services.

In July, Google Photos users will see an "Upload from Drive" option that will let them move over photos and videos from Google Drive to their Photo account.

Google Drive and Photos will not automatically sync photos and videos starting July 10, according to a blog post Wednesday. Google specifically calls out deletion of photos, saying that deleting from one service won't affect photos in another - this could be a hint of where some users found some confusion regarding the connection between the services. Likewise, new photos and videos added to Photos will not be added to the Photos folder in Drive too. Any photos or videos from Drive in Photos that you have uploaded will remain in Photos.

According to Google, this change is created to prevent the accidental deletion of items across products. But items uploaded using Backup and Sync in Original Quality to both services will count only once towards your total online storage quota. "Once copied, these items are not connected between the two products, ' the company notes".

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However, there is a way to avoid this double-dipping, which is to use the Backup & Sync desktop tool for Windows or macOS.

Although these changes will take effect from July, all existing media in both the apps will remain unaffected.

Google says the changes are being made to simplify features that caused confusion for users.

The Google Photos folder within Drive will no longer automatically sync with Google Photos.

As for the account-wide storage limit, users are still able to upload unlimited "high quality" files to their Photos service without it impacting their storage, however if those files are also stored in Drive, the latter will count towards the storage cap.