Starting July 10, 2019, Google Photos and Google Drive will no longer automatically sync. These changes will let you easily choose where photos and videos are stored across products.

  • When you upload or delete photos in Google Drive or Google Photos, changes  won’t reflect in the other service.
  • On photos.google.com, you will be able to copy your photos and videos from Google Drive to Google Photos.
  • Items copied between Google Drive and Google Photos in Original Quality will count towards your storage. 
  • Your existing photos and videos are still in Google Photos and Google Drive.

Currently, G Suite users can choose to sync Photos to Drive. This means that when they upload a file to Photos, it’s automatically uploaded to the Google Photos folder in Drive. Once these changes go into effect, this folder will stop receiving updates. It won’t go away; it will just stop syncing with Photos.
Unlike consumers, G Suite users do not have the option to show photos from My Drive in Google Photos. If Google Photos is disabled in your organization, your users will not be impacted.

Helpful links

Help Center: Upcoming changes to Google Photos & Google Drive
Keyword: Changing how Google Drive and Google Photos work together

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