Facebook killing photo sync in mobile apps, you’ll have to use Moments instead

By , Dec 14, 2015

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According to TechCrunch on Monday, Facebook is in the process of removing photo syncing capability in its mobile applications and is asking users to download a dedicated Moments app to retain that functionality.

Photo sync, an opt-in feature in the mobile Facebook app, uploaded photos from the user’s Camera roll to a private photo album on Facebook, where they could later be edited, shared or deleted.

Moments, a private-photo sharing app, debuted this summer for iOS and Android and then rolled out to everyone nearly four months ago.

“That means if you want to continue to access photos you’ve privately synced from your phone, you’ll no longer be able to find these in a separate album on Facebook – you’ll need to download a new application,” explains the publication.

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TechCrunch caught wind of the upcoming change through a News Feed banner. “Photos you’ve privately synced from your phone will move to our new app Moments on January 10, and photo syncing on Facebook will end,” reads the message.

Facebook told TechCrunch that folks who download Moments will have their previously synced Facebook photos available in the app. Those who don’t want to install Moments will be given the option of downloading a photo archive on their computer.

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Moments lets you manage your photos and store them in private albums. The app uses facial recognition to group your shots based on who’s in them and when they were taken. In allowing users to tag photos of their friends, who can then sync those photos to their own collections, Moments helps you “get the photos you didn’t take.”

Among other features, Moments can turn any private album with at least six photos in it into a movie that can be watched or shared with friends and family on social media.

Just be careful not to rely on Moments as your exclusive photo backup solution because Facebook reduces all photo uploads to as little as 720 pixels wide.

Facebook recently pulled its lesser-used apps such as Riff, Slingshot and Rooms from mobile app stores and shuttered its skunkworks projects unit, called Creative Labs.

Can you imagine Moments taking off?

Source: TechCrunch

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  • Cristian Meneses

    There’s a typo… What has Microsoft to do with dumping the photo sync?…. BTW, I feel that 3 apps for Facebook are a lot to handle… Enough with Facebook and Messages I think…

    • dang, I fixed the typo

    • Favna

      Facebook
      Facebook Messenger
      Facebook Groups
      Facebook Pages
      Facebook Moments
      Facebook Paper
      uuuhhh

      • Tim Farris

        whats next facebook laptop lol i actualy would like to see a netflix OS and a Facebook OS so i can just run that mainly the netflix but ya

      • Favna

        FaceOS
        FaceGlass
        FaceMail
        Facebook Phone running FaceOS Mobile

      • LMAO

  • Nex

    WE DON’T NEED 213434123 FACEBOOK APPS

    • Tim Farris

      more freedom with apps the better

  • Tim Farris

    what about ios with its builtin sync i am not sure if its got the photo sync but it syncs contacts

  • Jayy

    Is it to much to just have one app that does it all

    • Sleaka J

      Here’s what would eventually happen: 16Gb phone with Facebook installed = no room left.

      • Jayy

        Lol

  • Facebook is killing of it’s own app. You’ll have to use Twitter instead.