Facebook: Moments App Necessary to View Synced Photos On The Social Network
Facebook has made an announcement that it will soon stop supporting photo syncing and instead wants users to download the Moments app which would appear on the News Feed for download. This means if you need to access the pictures that you have synced privately from your mobile, you will not be able to find them in a separate album that usually was displayed on Facebook. You need to install the new Moments app.
The company was already extensively pushing the Moments app through News Feed promotions. The company has previously witnessed many apps and features decline, choosing natural selection to clear those which cannot succeed by itself. Facebook also recently closed down the internal R&D group it had, called the Facebook Labs, which had made many experimental apps which never were launched, including Rooms, Slingshot, and Riff.
However, Moments is different. This app which lets its users share their photos privately with chosen friends has climbed up the charts in the App Store in the recent months as Facebook put its strength to get the app more visibility over its social platform and also on the Messenger. When the user shares his or her photos with friends who are on Moments, it sends a message which tells the friend that the user has got photos waiting to send to the recipient. This made way for viral adoption in the user base. Facebook is now targeting those people who were dependent on photo sync feature to make them use the Moments app.
If you are not familiar with it, photo syncing feature came into existence few years ago so that it could provide mobile phone users an effortless way to upload their photos or back them up to Facebook’s service. The app would then run at the background, syncing pictures to an album on Facebook that is held private, where the user could later edit, delete or share the pictures. This was a big feature when photos were major drivers for frequent visits on the site. To cease this feature totally to favor the Moments app is a bold move by Facebook, just like it cancelled the Messenger option within the app the previous year, compelling users to install the Messenger app if they wanted to chat with their friends on their phones. Due to this, Messenger turned into the top freest app available on app store.
Moments will probably experience same kind of treatment. If you want your photos to be backed up or synced automatically, you must download the Moments app, says the company.
Facebook also lets people know that if they use Moments, their previously synced photos on Facebook will be available on Moments. Those who would not want to download the app will be provided an option to download a compressed folder of their photos on their PCs, or can also delete the pictures using their Facebook profile. This step is taken at a time when Google is experiencing the success of its own photo syncing standalone app. Google Photos is what we mentioned about.
Photo syncing declines according to the pop up notification shown on Facebook. The website of Facebook also states that the new app will let users organize their photos and also share them privately. Similar notification pops up while you go to the album of “synced from phone” on Facebook. Both these notifications will have a link for downloading the Moments app. Facebook actually gives you a link which directly leads you to the suitable app store for downloading the app.