Google Photos is an app ubiquitous and useful enough that it requires effectively no introduction. And, among its plethora of features is its ability to automatically back up every photo you snap with your phone. For categorization, backing up, and more. But, while Google Photos syncing is undoubtedly one of its best features, that doesn’t mean you won’t ever want to stop it. Even momentarily.
Well, if that’s what you’re looking to do and you can’t quite work it out, that’s what this guide is here for.
Here’s why you might want to stop Google Photos from syncing
Now, it very nearly goes without saying that Google Photos is one of the best such apps around. In fact, it essentially set the bar for other apps in its category to aspire to. All but creating the category all on its own. And, as noted above, syncing between the cloud and your phone with Google Photos can be useful, up until the point that it isn’t and you want it to stop. But why would you want to stop syncing, to begin with?
There is a number of reasons why backing up photos can become a nuisance. One of the most prominent is that not every device you’ll likely sign into is a personal one. For users with work-related gadgets, automatic syncing can go beyond a simple hassle. Especially when that device is your only cell phone. So putting a stop to syncing in Google Photos can be more of a requirement than anything else. And the same holds true for photos taken for work on a personal device.
Conversely, since Google now charges for storage space in the first place, images backing up automatically isn’t something everybody wants. Or can afford. Turning the feature off and syncing manually so that only the captures you know you want to keep forever are stored is, therefore, indispensable. At the very least for users to attain a truly enjoyable experience.
And, of course, there is any number of reasons well beyond these examples. Whether for storage space-related reasons, privacy, keeping your photos stored locally and away from Google, or for any other reason.
Stop Google Photos from syncing
Google makes it relatively easy to stop files from syncing to Google Photos, but there is a caveat to that. Namely, you’ll need to follow these steps for every device you currently have syncing photos.
That comes down to the fact that syncing in Google Photos is on a per-device basis. With each Android gadget or computer that you’re using uploading photos individually. With that said, the process really couldn’t be any easier. And the steps will be near identical for just about any device from the Photos app. We’ll be using Android for our example. So let’s get started.
Stop individual types or folders of photos from backing up, or back them up
Of course, Google also offers the option to sync or stop syncing on specific device folders or types automatically in its Photos app that’s relatively straightforward too. That way, if you have an individual file type or folder that you don’t want to be backed up, you don’t have to. For example, screenshots or images from any given mobile app.