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Google Photos will now automatically back up RAW files

In the ever-evolving world of digital photography, managing and preserving your precious moments has never been easier, thanks to Google Photos. As the go-to platform for storing and sharing images, Google Photos continues to push the boundaries of what is possible.

Google is rolling out an exciting feature that is set to change the way, both amateurs and professionals, manage their RAW image files. It means, Google Photos will now automatically back up RAW files, offering a more comprehensive solution for photography enthusiasts.

Our source 9to5 Google found that, on a Pixel 8 that previously captured RAW images in the Camera app, Google Photos this morning displayed the following banner: “New RAW photos will appear in the Photos view and will now be backed up.”

RAW files now automatically upload the picture to Google Photos backup and show it in the main Photos tab/grid. It’s badged RAW in the top-right corner and opening that image reveals a switcher at the bottom that lets you also view the JPEG.

Google Photos RAW files back up

Treated as a burst, looking at the JPEG lets you export this photo or keep this photo only, while RAW offers a set as the main photo and keeps this photo only. This move aligns perfectly with Google’s commitment to making technology more accessible and user-friendly.

However, this step could impact Google One storage limits as the RAW files are quite large and Google uploading to the cloud by default could easily affect mobile data caps. Sadly, there is no way to go back from this setting.

Google Photos RAW files back up


Google Photos will now automatically back up RAW files

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