Google to Stop Auto-Backup Media Files From Whatsapp & Instagram

Alphabet’s Google will no longer auto-backup images and videos from social media platforms (Instagram and Whatsapp) in its photo app. Before this development, the Google Photos application would make a folder to store any media collected through social media apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram.

The company has made these changes with a purpose to save the internet resources as “people are sharing more photos and videos” amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Also, the famous TV serial and movies platform Netflix announced to decrease internet traffic by 25% on networks across Europe as a relief measure for internet service providers.

Google to Stop Auto-Backup Media Files From Whatsapp & Instagram

YouTube was the second firm after Netflix to lower the quality of their videos to limit internet overload. The premium quality videos account for a large part of internet traffic data as increased internet, and video-streaming usage has caused pressure on the network operators’ systems. Different apps like Facebook, Helo, Instagram, LINE, Messages, Messenger, Snapchat, Twitter, Viber, WhatsApp will be affected by this change.

If a user wants to store specific photos and videos then he can go to the Google Photos app, “click on Library then Photos on the device, tap view all, click on the folder with content you want to back up and select the photo or video you want to back up and then the option Back up now.” Furthermore, several apps like WhatsApp have their in-app option to disable auto-saving of media.

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