Google has disabled automatic backups and synchronization of certain photos to limit internet usage, the company writes on a help page.

These are photos that are normally imported automatically from messaging apps such as WhatsApp to Google Photos and stored there in folders. Google wants to limit internet usage because people are "sharing more photos and videos than ever" because of the corona virus.

If users want this to happen again automatically, they can set it manually via the app's settings. This must then be done for specific apps. People can also indicate that they manually back up specific folders with photos.

Photos previously backed up will remain synchronized. The Google help page explains how to turn automatic backups back on. In addition to messaging apps, the restriction also applies to other services, such as Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram.

It is not known how long Google will disable automatic downloads and the impact of this on internet use.