1. yscty's Avatar
    When I take a photo it is automatically saves in my Photo Gallery on my phone but why in the world are all the photo's also saved on my Google + plus account? I don't like this and don't want this.......help!!!

    Thanks In Advance

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    06-14-2014 11:37 AM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    It's the Auto Backup feature. You can turn it off by opening the Photos app, tapping the Menu button, then Settings, then Auto Backup, and turn the switch off.

    Auto Backup can be a very useful feature for users who don't routinely backup their photos. I can't tell you how many posts I've seen on this forum from people who are upset because they just lost thousands of photos on their phone due to some glitch!
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    06-14-2014 11:46 AM
  3. pdaniel219's Avatar
    B Diddy is right. Way too many people are looking for a way to retrieve their pictures after dropping their phone in water or bricking it. The auto backup feature is super handy. No one else can see your photos unless you choose to share them. I personally love it. I delete a bunch of pictures every so often just cause I have them saved on Google plus. I understand if you don't want them saved there, it's easy enough to turn the feature off. Just throwing my 2 cents in.

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    06-14-2014 07:29 PM
  4. dmark44's Avatar
    By default the Photos backed up to your Google+ account are private, so the auto-backup will not have any affect on what others can see or access about your account unless you share the photo after they're uploaded.

    The only real downside for someone not really interested in this feature is affect on battery/resources which doesn't seem too bad, especially if you set it to wifi-only uploads.

    Sent from my Moto X
    06-17-2014 05:20 PM
  5. ultravisitor's Avatar
    I don't like this and don't want this.......help!!!
    Why not? It's very handy. You won't lose your photos if something happens to your phone, and you won't have to worry about transferring your pics from one phone to the next when you get a new one (or a tablet).
    06-17-2014 06:10 PM
  6. ultravisitor's Avatar
    The only real downside for someone not really interested in this feature is affect on battery/resources which doesn't seem too bad, especially if you set it to wifi-only uploads.
    And if you set it to back up only when charging, it really doesn't affect your battery at all.
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    06-17-2014 06:11 PM
  7. yscty's Avatar
    OK...I hear what you all are saying and thanks for the replies.

    One thing I did notice is that let's say I decide to delete a photo from the gallery app on my phone, I see it also automatically deletes from Google + as well........So, if something were to crash or happen to the phone wouldn't those pics be lost on G + as well? Seems like it is just emulating the Gallery app and not a true back up.......please correct me if i'm wrong or if that just has to do with settings.

    Thanks

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    06-21-2014 09:11 AM
  8. pdaniel219's Avatar
    That hasn't been my experience at all. I have to delete the same pics from Google + separately. But I would think that in this case, you would have to select "delete" for it to carry over to Google +. A crash or bricking your phone wouldn't trigger that. Mind you, this is all speculation. I could be wrong.

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    06-21-2014 09:40 AM
  9. dmark44's Avatar
    OK...I hear what you all are saying and thanks for the replies.

    One thing I did notice is that let's say I decide to delete a photo from the gallery app on my phone, I see it also automatically deletes from Google + as well........So, if something were to crash or happen to the phone wouldn't those pics be lost on G + as well? Seems like it is just emulating the Gallery app and not a true back up.......please correct me if i'm wrong or if that just has to do with settings.

    Thanks

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    The "Photos" app with the 4 different colored triangles is the Google+ Photos app and it warns you that it will delete the photo in both locations.

    The "Gallery" app only deletes the copy locally stored on your phone.

    Sent from my Moto X
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    06-21-2014 12:17 PM
  10. dmark44's Avatar
    If you want to play it really safe, use a file manager such as ES File Explorer to delete photos off of only the phone.
    However, the Gallery app will not affect your Google+ account photos.

    Sent from my Moto X
    06-21-2014 12:20 PM
  11. yscty's Avatar
    Thanks for replies above, but I must disagree.....when I delete a photo from just the gallery app on the phone it also automatically deletes from G+.....I just took a pic and tried this, the pic is automatically saved in G+ but when deleted in Gallery App on phone it is also deleted in G+......

    Any Ideas, I'm just trying to understand how this works as a viable back up?

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    06-21-2014 01:52 PM
  12. Clocks's Avatar
    Thanks for replies above, but I must disagree.....when I delete a photo from just the gallery app on the phone it also automatically deletes from G+.....I just took a pic and tried this, the pic is automatically saved in G+ but when deleted in Gallery App on phone it is also deleted in G+......

    Any Ideas, I'm just trying to understand how this works as a viable back up?

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    That's not the case. The gallery app can't sync to google+ either way.

    Also in photos you can delete items only off your device and leave then backed up on google+. Expand the left menu then go to "on device"
    06-21-2014 03:35 PM
  13. yscty's Avatar
    That's not the case. The gallery app can't sync to google+ either way.

    Also in photos you can delete items only off your device and leave then backed up on google+. Expand the left menu then go to "on device"
    Well....my gallery app is syncing to Google +, don't know what to tell ya. The auto back up is turned off in G + as well. I may just have to go in to the AT&T store and have someone show me what's up....

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    06-21-2014 06:03 PM
  14. ultravisitor's Avatar
    Well....my gallery app is syncing to Google +, don't know what to tell ya.
    Are you sure you tried to delete with the Gallery and not with Photos? When I delete from the Gallery, it deletes only from the phone. When I delete from the Photos app, it deletes from both Photos and Google+.
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    06-21-2014 07:24 PM
  15. gabbott's Avatar
    Are you sure you tried to delete with the Gallery and not with Photos? When I delete from the Gallery, it deletes only from the phone. When I delete from the Photos app, it deletes from both Photos and Google+.
    This is exactly how it works for me as well. I always use the gallery app when I just want to delete my local copy and not the backup.

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    06-21-2014 07:28 PM
  16. yscty's Avatar
    Are you sure you tried to delete with the Gallery and not with Photos? When I delete from the Gallery, it deletes only from the phone. When I delete from the Photos app, it deletes from both Photos and Google+.
    I am only deleting from the "Gallery" app, what's the photos app?

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    06-21-2014 08:07 PM
  17. pdaniel219's Avatar
    The top one is the stock gallery app that comes on the phone. The bottom right one is the Google + photos app. If your photos are deleting from Google + when you delete them from the stock gallery app, I would do a factory data reset or take it back to the store. The auto backup function is just that, a "backup". It should not be deleting them in both places.

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    06-21-2014 08:45 PM
  18. yscty's Avatar
    The top one is the stock gallery app that comes on the phone. The bottom right one is the Google + photos app. If your photos are deleting from Google + when you delete them from the stock gallery app, I would do a factory data reset or take it back to the store. The auto backup function is just that, a "backup". It should not be deleting them in both places.

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    Yep, that's the gallery app I use. Never even touched the photo app before. So when I delete a photo from the gallery app it also deletes from G+...... Guess i'm going to the store!

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    06-21-2014 10:40 PM
  19. Evilnut's Avatar
    This is strange. When I delete a photo from my gallery app it does not affect my Google+ photos at all. This goes for my Moto X and my Nexus 10 tablet.

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    06-22-2014 12:30 AM
  20. Clocks's Avatar
    I think Google actually removed the ability for gallery to sync with Picasa a long time ago. It literally shouldn't be possible for them to sync a delete.
    06-22-2014 07:49 AM
  21. ultravisitor's Avatar
    Guess i'm going to the store!
    I'm not sure anyone at the store will really be able to give you much help. You'd probably be better off letting us help you.
    dmark44 likes this.
    06-22-2014 11:15 AM
  22. pdaniel219's Avatar
    Ultravisitor is right. I've never had any help from anyone at the store. Even way back to my palm pre days, I had to find my own reset code for it. Go back to the store if you can return it. Other than that, you'll probably find more help here.

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    06-22-2014 12:08 PM

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