I noticed that pictures I took with my Android smartphone while connected to my home ADSL/wifi router were silently uploaded to Google Photos.

How can I disable this "feature" ?

Thank you.

  • Go to Settings › Accounts and tap your Google account. Check if Google Photos is listed there. If so, switch off the toggle next to it. That should turn off synchronisation for that app completely. – Izzy Dec 30 '17 at 0:05
  • @Izzy strangely, Google photos is not listed there. – aBochur Jan 1 '18 at 1:35
  • That's weird. I cannot check, my devies either run Google-free or at least have most of the GApps disabled/removed (including Photos). – Izzy Jan 1 '18 at 1:38
  • @Gulbahar BTW the picture uploading is a free feature that is provided by Google to save your pictures to the cloud so that you can access them from any device using your Google account. These pictures are only accessable to you, and anyone who has access to your Google account. Therefore i suggest u keep this feature so that in a case where you lose your phone or it's data, you will still have access to them. You are obviously free to choose as you wish. – aBochur Jan 1 '18 at 1:39
  • @Abochur "only accessable to you" is very much doubtable (at least Google staff has access as well, and who knows what "scanners" run over them). I'd rather suggest turning that off and syncing with your own resources :) – Izzy Jan 1 '18 at 1:41

To add to the answer Alex has posted (which is correct), if you still want to upload a particular photo to Drive after disabling sync, long press the photo- (select it) and you will see a share option using which you can share to your drive.

This comes in handy when you have globally disabled sync for photos but want to save some photos to drive


To stop Google photos from syncing your pictures, do the following:

  1. Open the Google photos app
  2. Open the menu on the top right
  3. Open settings
  4. Press on "Back up & sync"
  5. Toggle off the 'backup and sync' option.



You can deactivate syncing of photos or disable the Google Photos app (you will not be able to use it after that).

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