A few days ago, a report circled around in many blogs.
Apparently, the Google Photos app, which debited in May, was found to be syncing photos stored on the device, even after a user removed the app,
The user was David Arnott, an editor at the Nashville Business Journal. He was dissatisfied with the app, and removed it from his phone, after testing a couple of image uploads. To his surprise, he found that hundreds of images had been uploaded to his account. He states that he deletes photos once he uploads it, so where did those pictures come from?
The Google Photos app had triggered a backup service, which is native to Android, meaning it is a global setting. So this backup service works even when the app has been removed.
Techcrunch reached out to the Mountain View company for comment, and this is what a Google representative said:
“Some users have uninstalled the Photos app on Android without realising backup as an Android service is still enabled. This is something we are committed to resolving. We are working to make the messaging clearer as well as provide users who uninstall the Photos app an easy way to also disable backup. In the meantime, if you’ve deleted the Photos app and would like to turn off backup on your Android device, please go to Google Settings, select Google Photos backup and toggle the switch at the top to ‘off.’”