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How to Enable ‘Backup New Folders’ in Google Photos


In this guide, we will show you the steps to enable the “Backup New Folders” feature in Google Photo. When it comes to photo-sharing and storage services, then there’s no denying the fact the offering from the Silicon Valley giant is probably the best in this domain. Offering a generous 15GB free storage space, it beholds a slew of intriguing features, not to mention a few nifty AI tweaks as well.

However, in spite of all the goodies that it has to offer, there are a few functional drawbacks that have been the talk of the town. In this regard, one of the most infuriating usage experiences is the fact that there is no option to manage new folders for backup purposes. For instance, there is no option whatsoever to enable/disable the backup of a new folder when it is created.

Left: Before | Right: After

While the camera folder is automatically backed up and you have the option to toggle the back up the likes of Downloads, Screenshots, and WhatsApp, but you don’t get any option as such for a newly created folder. Until now. Google is finally testing a feature that will allow you to enable/disable the “Backup New Folders” feature in Google Photo. This will give you complete granular control over whether or not you want to back up a folder as soon as it is created.

However, as of now, this is in the testing phase and it might take ages for it to be live in the beta stage, let alone the stable build. Fortunately, there exists a nifty workaround using which you could skip this waiting queue and enable this functionality right away. And in this guide, we will show you how to do just that. So without further ado, let’s check it out.

How to Enable ‘Backup New Folders’ in Google Photos

To unlock this hidden functionality, you’ll need to root your device beforehand. If you haven’t done so, then do check out our guide on How to Root Android Devices Without TWRP Recovery. Once done, let’s get started with the below steps:

  1. To begin with, download and install the GMS Flags app from GitHub.
  2. Then tap on Root Required. You’ll get a SuperUser request, tap Grant.Backup New Folders Google Photos
  3. Now proceed with the rest of the app setup via on-screen instructions.
  4. Then go to Apps, select Google Photos, and choose the below package:
  5. Tap on the overflow icon situated at the top right and select Add flag.Backup New Folders in Google Photos
  6. After that, type in the below details for the flag and hit Add Flag:
    Flag Type: Boolean
    Flag Value: True
    Flag Name: 45629841
  7. Finally, Force Stop Google Photos and the feature will be unlocked.

That’s it. These were the steps to enable the “Backup New Folders” feature in Google Photos. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments. We will get back to you with a solution as soon as possible.