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3/31/17
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T Lu

How to turn off backup and sync in Google Photos App?

Google instructions say go to photos app on mobile device, at top left select menu, select settings-->"backup and sync" and switch it off.  When I go to photos app, menu and settings I don't see backup and sync so I can't turn it off.  Also tried to shut off using general phone settings, account, but photo backup and sync is not listed there either.  My mobile device runs android op system.  I want to turn this off because when I plug my camera into my chrome box all unrecognized photos are automatically copied to google drive and I want to stop this from occurring.  I googled this problem and the response was to use the photo app on my mobile device per above.

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PeteranDi
3/31/17
PeteranDi
Hi,

Welcome to the Google Photos Forum, my name is Peter.

You mention Google Photos and Google Drive

These are two separate apps, so I am wondering if you are going the wrong one trying to find the setting.  The Google Photos view in Drive is merely a window into the Google Photos online storage area

Turn back up & sync on or off

  1. Open the Google Photos app on your mobile device .
  2. At the top left, tap Menu .
  3. Select SettingsBack up & sync.
  4. At the top, switch it on or off.

Also explained in this help page taking particular notice of the Photos Icon 


Cheers,

Peter

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4/1/17
Original Poster
T Lu
Thanks Peter,

You were right, the setting was on Google Drive.

"Sync Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Drawings files to this computer so that you can edit offline"

I turned if off and the photo upload is no longer automatic.....now OS Chrome identifies unknown photos and asks if I want to upload them.

Your comment was very helpful!

Tom

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PeteranDi
4/1/17
PeteranDi
Hi Tom, it's great to hear you have solved the problem, thanks for letting us know.

Peter
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