Google has announced that they’re changing how Google Photos and Google Drive are working together, When Google makes this change – planned for July 10 – there will no longer be a direct relationship – see the diagram at right. One thing to understand is that you may have never had the relationship to begin with because it depended on your turning on a setting.
The settings that are being removed
- In Google Photos, 3-line menu, Settings, Google Drive: Sync photos & videos from Google Drive
is yours on? or off?
- In Google Drive, it’s the gear icon in the upper right then Settings, Create a Google Photos folder.
Is yours on? or off?
- The Google Photos folder in my drive will stop getting new photos from Google Photos. What’s already in that folder will remain.
- New photos added to Google Drive will no longer show up in Google Photos. Any photos already in Google Photos will remain.
The implications of this change
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This is a hot topic right now and a lot of articles have been written about it. Many of them have wrong or misleading information in them and serve to prove the point that the relationship between Google Photos and Google Drive has been very confusing. One article besides the official announcement that I can recommend for further detail is PeggyK’s article. She is a highly respected Product Expert for several Google products Her article includes what will happen on July 10 and how it will affect your Google Storage quota.
Chris Guld is President and Teacher-in-Chief at GeeksOnTour.com. She has been in computer training and support since 1983. She is now a Product Expert for the Google Photos Forum, owner of the LearnGooglePhotos.com blog, and author of Mrs. Geek’s Guide to Google Photos.
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