I read about syncing photos with Google on Android somewhere, and got a little concerned. It is probably just a special Google service you have to sign up for, but just in case, I want to relieve me of this concern.

Does Google send my photos(files in the gallery) to their servers?

I under no circumstance would like automatic syncing of picture and photo files.


Google supports photo syncing, but you can disable this.

  • If you have Google+ installed, disable Auto Backup. Open the app's settings, and go to Auto Backup > OFF.
  • Disable Google photo sync. On your phone's settings, go to System settings > Accounts > Google > username@gmail.com > Sync Picasa Web albums. Make sure sync is disabled.

UPDATE 2013-11-22: As per Damien Golding, it is also worth noting that the settings of the camera must be checked. In his case, Google photo sync was ON in the Albums setting.

  • Thanks. You're right, my photos and videos are automatically backed up : / Don't are about photos I publicly show, but photos I privately take with my Nexus camera are sent? Surely that is pushing the boundaries. – Damien Golding Nov 22 '13 at 1:23
  • @DamienGolding Try to check your camera's settings if it also has a setting to share the picture you take. Disable that. Then, please don't forget to upvote and accept the answer if it has helped you. :) – geffchang Nov 22 '13 at 3:12
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    Thanks, the settings can actually be found from the "Albums" Settings page. "Google photo sync is on" : / – Damien Golding Nov 22 '13 at 3:34
  • The second setting you mention doesn't automatically upload photos. It downloads pictures that are already in Picasa (the old Google photo service) so you can see them on the device. – Dan Hulme May 12 '14 at 9:45

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