Google Photos storage space is going to be a precious thing after June 1, 2021 as all images and videos will start getting included in your free 15GB Google account. So, either you have to buy more storage beyond or delete multimedia files or distribute them among several other Google accounts. In order to help users save on their Google Photos storage, Google is introducing a new feature in the latest Android 12 operating system in which screenshots and screen recordings will not get automatically backed up on Google Photos.
If you browse through your Google Photos account, you will account a lot of useless screenshots and screen recording occupying space unnecessarily. In order to delete them, you can search “screenshots” inside Google Photos and delete them all at the same time. But with the new update, Google will no longer allow screenshots to be automatically backed up on Photos.
As per a report by XDA Developers, Google has fixed an issue at the “OS level”. Phones from Samsung, Xiaomi, Realme and others tend to save all screenshots in the DCIM folder and thus all photos used to get backed up automatically. XDA Developers got hold of “a preliminary revision of the Compatibility Definition Document (CDD) for Android 12” in which Google has proposed certain changes.
The report said that Android 12 smartphones “MUST NOT save screenshots and screen recordings in DCIM, Pictures, Videos, or a custom directory.” Screenshots should only saved “in a directory called “Screenshots” which is automatically generated under “Pictures” on onboard memory or a SD card in a reliable port. It is accessible by using DIRECTORY_SCREENSHOTS.”