Xiaomi’s Gallery Sync shutting down, photos can be transferred to Google Photos
It seems that Xiaomi is planning to discontinue the Gallery Sync feature in Xiaomi Cloud. Developer Kacper Skrzypek spotted a draft announcement for this, but the company has yet to make it official.
For those who don’t know, Gallery Sync gave Xiaomi users 5GB of free cloud storage that could hold photos and videos. But if this is the first time you are hearing about this, you have nothing to worry about.
As for those using the feature, Xiaomi has apparently prepared a way to transfer your photos and videos to Google Photos. And if you don’t want to do that, you have the option to download a copy to save locally instead.
Gallery Sync also has a paid version that gives users more storage space – Xiaomi will cancel subscriptions and issue a full refund.
The draft announcement uses placeholder dates (“XX XX 2022”), so it’s not clear when Gallery Sync will be shut down, but it looks like it’ll be this year. Note that the other Xiaomi Cloud services (synchronization and backup of contacts, messages and notes) will continue to work. It is also possible that Gallery Sync will remain operational in China, but this has not been confirmed.
Here is an image showing how the photo transfer will work:
When the official announcement comes, you’ll want to download or transfer your data sooner rather than later – it sounds like Xiaomi will only keep the data for the whole of 2023 and delete it afterwards. That’s what the notice says “We offer a way to download gallery data stored in Xiaomi Cloud to your personal device. The data transfer will only be available until XX, XX, 2023, after which this feature will no longer be supported.”
PS. the original message was here, but it has been removed. Again, the timing of the shutdown is unknown and it looks like it will be different in each region.