Google Photos continues to backup pictures long after app has been deleted

By Dirk Libbey
Jul 14, 2015
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  1. [parsehtml]<p><img alt="" src="" /></p> <p>What happens on Google Photos apparently stays on Google Photos, even if you&#39;ve deleted the app from your device. An interesting, and potentially scary, aspect of Google&#39;s Photos app has been discovered that anybody who has <em>ever</em> used the application should be aware of.</p> <p><a href="">David A. Arnott</a> of the Nashville Business Journal recently learned that photos he was taking on his Android phone were being backed up on Google Photos even though he had long since deleted the app from his phone. Obviously, he was more than a little disturbed that pictures he thought were only on his phone were out in the cloud.</p> <p>It turns out that when you turn the &quot;back up &amp; sync&quot; setting on for Photos in your Android phone, you&#39;re not actually accessing the setting in the app, but in the phone itself. If you delete the app, the setting remains, so all your photos will continue to be backed up to Google Photos even though you no longer use it. Since most people probably don&#39;t make a deep dive on their phone settings on a regular basis, it&#39;s pretty much a set it and forget it thing, it&#39;s very possible that many users have photos in the cloud they don&#39;t know about.</p> <p>If you have an Android phone and have ever used Google Photos take a moment and check your phone settings and be sure your photo sync is turned off, unless you want it on of course. It&#39;s difficult to function these days without putting some data in the cloud, but at the very least users need to be aware of what is out there.</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href=''></a></p>[/parsehtml]
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Yep! Companies will disable your account after a short time of inactivity, but they will keep your data. Even if you believe to have deleted it.
    DaveBG likes this.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,106   +1,376

    Inexorable property of all compromising pictures - they leak :)
  4. yorro

    yorro TS Booster Posts: 250

    As a rule of the thumb, only share stuff that you are willing to be leaked. In this day and age, people believe that they control technology when in reality they have no control.
  5. Badvok

    Badvok TS Booster Posts: 115   +46

    Android has had the ability to back-up/sync photos to Google since version 2.something. So this article is simply saying that because the Google Photos App allows you access to this Android setting it is somehow responsible for that setting that existed long before it did. WTF?
  6. Igrecman

    Igrecman TS Enthusiast Posts: 73   +37

    "Don't be evil". That used to be their slogan. Now it looks like it's "Gotta be evil to stay at the top"
    DaveBG likes this.
  7. DaveBG

    DaveBG TS Addict Posts: 212   +72

    Not good!
  8. Badvok

    Badvok TS Booster Posts: 115   +46

    Yes, so so evil, they should be sent to the seventh level of hell for allowing me the option of having a backup of my photos in case I lose my phone.
  9. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Maniac Posts: 932   +238

    Very interesting. I don't find it difficult to function without any data in the cloud.
  10. deemon

    deemon TS Booster Posts: 199   +46

    as the google photos app was the only and logical place people were able to turn it on or off... tbh I didn't know before your comment that it existed before... and was I even able to modify the setting from somewhere? no idea.... but the photos app allowed me to change this setting.

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