One would think that deleting the Google Photos app from your Android smartphone would be enough to end all of the app’s processes… and that makes sense, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Many are not realizing as they delete the app that the automatic backup of pictures to Google’s servers (if enabled when the app was on the device and in-use) doesn’t actually stop. Because of how the app taps into Play services and the Android operating system itself, Google Photos auto-upload will not stop upon deletion of the application.
Though we find Google Photos an incredibly convenient service (saying no to having unlimited storage of high quality pictures would take some serious skill – or privacy concerns), we acknowledge that it’s not for everyone. So here’s what you’ll need to do if you want to shut off the auto-backup service having already deleted the app. Head into the “Google Settings” application on your phone or tablet, and turn off the slider for “Google Photos Backup” there. There’s no other way to turn off the auto-backup if you have the app uninstalled; even the deletion of the entire suite of Google Drive apps from your phone won’t do it.