Previously, the tech giant's photo backup service would automatically upload all images saved to iOS or Android devices, including those stored in folders linked to apps like Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp.
However, the company has now confirmed the feature is turned off and needs to be toggled on for specific apps or to run manual backups.
On a support page detailing the change, Google said: "People are sharing more photos and videos due to COVID-19.
"To save internet resources, backup & sync has been turned off for device folders created by messaging apps like WhatsApp, Messages, and Kik. You can change this anytime in settings."
The company noted users "can turn on backup and sync settings at any time within these apps".
Furthermore, they added: "When backup and sync is turned off, you can still find photos and videos from messaging apps on your device and choose individual photos and videos to back up.
"Previously backed up photos and videos from messaging apps aren't affected."