Facebook is deleting photos, but which of your photos are at risk? Facebook users are reporting confusion about recent news that certain photos will be deleted if mobile users don’t switch to the Moments app. So which photos are at risk?
Here’s what you need to know.
Just because you upload photos from your phone to Facebook does not mean that all of those photos are going to be deleted. It’s a little more complicated than that. The photos that are in danger are stored in a secret photo album called “Synced from Phone.”
According to Facebook, anyone who turned on photo syncing had all their mobile photos automatically uploaded to a private Facebook album. Only those automatically uploaded photos are going to be deleted. The feature wasn’t available in all locations. To delete the photos in that private album, go to “Photos” from your profile, click on “Synced from Phone,” and then choose which photos you’d like to delete. To turn off photo syncing, on your iPhone go to your profile, click on “Photos — Synced,” tap the gear icon in the top right, and then tap “turn photo syncing off.” On an Android, go to “Account — App Settings — Sync Photos” and choose “Don’t sync my photos.”
The tool that was used to sync the photos is now being moved to the Moments app, so any photos you automatically synced via the Facebook app will be lost. It’s important to note, as The Verge points out, that this only applies to photos automatically synced and not photos that you uploaded to Facebook from your phone.
You have until July 7 to download the Moments app or download a zip file of your synced photos.