Google Photos temporary halts backup media content from Chat apps


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Jan 8, 2011
Only the default setting in Google Photos is being changed to "save internet resources".
Google has announced that it will no longer backup media from chat apps like WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter to Google Photos. The company was testing this change earlier this month and has now rolled it out to all Google Photos users.

The company is only changing the default settings in Google Photos to ensure that it does not backup media content from messaging apps. The move is a temporary one by Google and it notes in its announcement that since people are sharing more photos and videos, it is changing the default Google Photos settings "to save internet resources." A notification for this change will also show up in the Google Photos app. The full list of apps was not announced by Google but the confirmed apps include WhatsApp, Messages, Kik, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LINE.
Google announcement: Changes to backup & sync settings for messaging apps - Google Photos Community

They should probably halt Stadia too... "save Internet resources"... cannot have all that bandwidth being wasted.