Goodbye Google+ Photos. Back in May, at Google I/O 2015, Google introduced Google Photos. A cross-platform photo back-up service that not only works with Android, but also has iOS and web compatibility. When Google Photos was announced, it was expected that Google+ Photos would be leaving, but there was no mention of when.
It turns out that August 1st will be that day. Today, via Google+ (coincidentally enough), the Google+, Google+ page, announced when photo backup would be shut down. The service will be shut down for Android first, then the web and iOS later on.
If you’re still using Google+ Photos, now is a great time to make the switch. You may have seen a prompt in Google+ Photos on Android with a link to download the new Google Photos. Don’t worry, all your photos and videos will still be saved and available after you switch to the new, stand-alone Google Photos app. With the new app you’ll still be able to backup, edit, and share your photos and videos, with unlimited storage, automatic organization, and more.
If you’re worried about all your images that have already been backed up via Google+ Photos, don’t be. You will still be able to view all of your previously backed up photos via the new Google Photos app. Some of us have already started to see prompts from the old app, encouraging us to download the new Google Photos app.
We have previously covered everything Google Photos has to offer to everyone, and is really a great option, regardless of the platform, to backup everything up. Especially with the unlimited storage that is offered.