If you use both Google Photos and Google Drive, you likely know that the two services are linked together. The automatic syncing that happens between the two may be convenient for many but it's also caused some confusion among users who, for instance, might have deleted some photos from their Photos app only to discover later that they're gone from their Drive as well. Starting July 10, the Google Photos folder in Drive will no longer automatically sync with the Google Photos service.
As a result of the new change, your new photos and videos from Google Drive won't automatically show in Google Photos. And vice versa. The problem, as it turns out, is that users would delete photos from one service but not intend to delete them in the other.
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"We've heard that many of you would like more granular control when copying photos and videos from Drive into Photos", Dan Schlosser, product manager of Google Drive, and Jason Gupta, product manager of Google Photos, said in the post. Of course, all photos and videos from Drive in Photos that you already uploaded prior to these changes will remain in the Photos. According to the page, manually duplicating the pictures across Google Drive to Google Photos will take up storage space over both accounts, but using the company's Backup and Sync service will not. The Backup and Sync feature on Windows and macOS can still be used to upload to both of them in High Quality or Original Quality. The same thing applies in the opposite as well - new photos/videos in Photos won't automatically appears in a special folder in Drive. This means that the items copied in the Original Quality option will continue to be counted towards your existing storage quota in Google Drive and Photos. However, it is set to bring some inconvenience especially for the users who often access their memories directly from Google Drive or view their important photo or video content stored on Drive directly through the Google Photos app.