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Google+ Photos shuts down in August

Google+ Photos app running on Chrome OS
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The Android service will shut down first, followed by Web and iOS, while users can switch to the new Google Photos service and apps.

Google unveiled the new Google Photos application back at the company's I/O 2015 event. Now, only a few months later, the tech giant is ready to shut down the old photo backup service known as Google+ Photos. As there is no reason for both these two similar services to stay around, this is a natural decision.

Yesterday, the following message appeared on Google+: "In an effort to ensure everyone has the best photos experience we can deliver, on August 1st we’ll start to shut down Google+ Photos -- initially on Android, and soon thereafter on the Web and iOS." People still using the old service should go ahead and make the switch now, as it is easier to perform this operation while both Google+ Photos and Google Photos are live.

If anyone decides not to switch before the old service goes down, they should know the images and videos will remain accessible via while Google Takeout will allow images to be exported as needed. The new app comes with unlimited storage, organization, support for 16 MP images, and more.


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Codrut Nistor, 2015-07-21 (Update: 2024-05-28)