Google Photos stops backup messaging and social media apps

Google Photos just got a new redesign and is receiving a couple of functional enhancements. With its latest updates, Google Photos will stop backing up images from messaging and social media applications by default, in addition to adding a mute button for videos.

Both changes were seen by the people of Android Police, beginning with a change in the way messaging applications are handled. By default, Google Photos has always backed up images taken by the camera on your device, as well as images saved from various messaging apps and social networks.

Sometimes that can come in handy, but if you’re saving memes or other photos, it can easily clutter up your library. Google Photos will now not back up those folders by default. As with any other folder on your device, you will still be able to enable backup of these folders, but this will no longer be the default behavior. Google mentions this change in a support post, explaining that it is due to the number of photos and videos that were shared during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Notably, Android Police received help from XDA for a complete list of affected applications.

  • Facebook
  • Hello
  • Instagram
  • LINE
  • Messages
  • Delivery courier
  • Snapchat
  • Twitter
  • Viber
  • WhatsApp

Outside of that, Google is also adding a mute button to Photos. Thanks to a server-side update, Photos will add a mute button every time you start watching a video at the end of the timeline’s debugger. This change is not yet widely available, for example it is not live on my device, but it should be available to everyone sometime in the near future.

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