WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and a number of other hugely-popular social network apps have been impacted by a big change from Google. The US search firm has just rolled out an update which stops media from these popular apps being automatically uploaded and saved in its Google's Photos service.
This means you won't instantly find backups of pictures or videos sent to you from friends or family on WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and numerous platforms. You might be wondering why Google has decided to suddenly switch this feature off.
Well, the change has actually been implemented to save internet resource during the current health crisis that continues to grip the world. With millions of us remaining unable to see friends and family we're all sending more and more media messages to one another.
The usual default setting sends all of this content straight to Google Photos but this is clearly adding extra strain to networks hence Google's decision to switch this setting off. In a post on its blog Google, Kate Lynn explained, “Due to COVID-19, people are sharing more photos and videos.
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“To save internet resources, backup & sync has been turned off for device folders created by messaging apps like WhatsApp, Messages, and Kik. Starting today, you’ll notice a message in the Photos App about this change. You can change this setting at any time.”
As Google confirmed, if you are concerned that your images aren't getting backed up to Google Photos you can switch this setting on manually. And it's also worth noting that previously backed up photos and videos from messaging apps aren't affected.
The US firm isn't the first to try and cut down on data usage with Netflix said to have lowered its picture quality during the crisis in a bid to reduce data consumption by 25 percent.
The unprecedented steps followed similar measures introduced by Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, and Apple TV+, which all pledged to drop streaming quality in a bid to alleviate some of the strain on the broadband infrastructure.
A number of services have now increased the streaming quality with Disney+ just announcing its subscribers will, once again, be able to view shows in full 4K HDR. A spokesperson for Disney+ told Express.co.uk, “The temporary bandwidth reduction that went into effect earlier this spring is beginning to lift and the full Disney+ catalogue is now available to stream in HD and UHD formats in the UK and Ireland.”
Written by David Minister