Xiaomi is reported to shut down its Gallery Sync feature of Xiaomi Cloud soon. While we still await an official confirmation from the company, developer Kacper Skrzypek has discovered a draft announcement pertaining to the shut-down of the service. For those unaware, Gallery Sync provides Xiaomi users with 5GB of free cloud storage to store their photos and videos. In the absence of the service, users might have to resort to other ways to store their data.
Xiaomi To Shut Down Gallery Sync Feature Soon
As discovered by Skrzypek, the draft announcement uses placeholder dates “XX XX 2022”. Hence, we can say for sure that the feature will shut down by the end of this year. However, the exact date of service termination remains unknown. The report also suggests that the Gallery Sync feature might continue to exist for users in China. Besides, other Xiaomi Cloud services that include syncing and backing up contacts, messages, and notes will continue working.
Do note that Gallery Sync also has a paid version that gives users additional storage. Xiaomi will cancel subscriptions and issue a full refund to users in case the service is completely revoked.
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Those who have been using the feature are advised to take a backup of their media stored on the devices. As per the drafted announcement, you can transfer your photos and videos to Google photos. Alternatively, you can choose to simply download a copy and store it locally. Based on the draft, Xiaomi will keep users’ data throughout 2023 and will delete it permanently later. The draft reads, “We offer a way to download Gallery data stored in Xiaomi Cloud to your personal device. The data download will be available only until XX, XX, 2023, after which this feature will no longer be supported.”
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