Google Photos removes backup feature when device is charging

Google seems to have removed an option that most users of its Google Photos service liked a lot – the ability to backup photos and videos when the device is getting charged.
This was first spotted by some users, who subsequently posted the information on Google forums. Following that, Google representatives confirmed the removal of the aforementioned feature.

“After the most recent update, the option to backup only while charging is gone! Help! Version 2.17.0.159033354,” said one of the users.

Another user posted, “In previous versions there was an option to start the backup process only while the phone is charging and now it’s gone! It just doesn’t make sense to remove this option, and it’s really needed. When I shoot a new photo the photos app backs it up immediately so even if I removed the photo from the camera app it’s still there on cloud. Please bring this feature back, thanks.”

Some of the users have even mentioned that the particular feature can be removed by uninstalling the latest update and switching back to the older version of the Photos app. It has been mentioned that enabling the “backup only while charging” option before updating the app also retains the feature.

This move by Google might not be favoured by majority of users. There is still a possibility that the search giant could bring back the functionality as part of an update.

Talking about Google Photos, the app recently got a new ‘Archive’ option on Android and iOS. The feature enables users to take certain pictures from their image feed and move them to a separate section in the app.

Users just need to select an image and tap on the three dots option on the top-right section of the main screen. Once done, they’ll get an option to archive that particular image. Users can find the archived images via the slide-out menu on the left side. However, the archived images will appear in both albums and search results.

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