Does this option only upload photos and videos in the folders selected under "choose folders", or does it also upload what are in different folders? Also, does it prevent said photos and videos from being uploaded to the normal Google Drive?

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Both links don't mention Backup and Sync. If you enable the options to link Google Photos and Google Drive, those options work regardless if you even have Backup and Sync or not.

  • Did you click the Learn More link and the Photos Settings link to learn this? – music2myear Apr 15 '19 at 23:09
  • "Learn more" goes to support.google.com/photos/answer/6156103 and "Photo settings" goes to photos.google.com/settings - both only refer to Google Photos and not to Backup and Sync. I can tell you Drive media appears in Google Photos if you enable the relevant option there regardless if you even have Backup and Sync or not. – LWC Apr 16 '19 at 20:10
  • I don’t see the word “newly” in your screenshot. The option your asking about applies to all applicable Photos – Ramhound Apr 16 '19 at 21:59
  • Google Photo is a subset of Google Drive. Photos uploaded to Google Photo depending on the photo might or might not count against your storage quota (criteria is outside the scope of this community) – Ramhound Apr 16 '19 at 22:03
  • It's because I've just updated the screenshot (and now also the title). "applicable" is exactly what my question is about. I have not asked about any quota. – LWC Apr 16 '19 at 22:03

There's finally an official answer at least to the second question. The answer is no, it doesn't prevent anything, and it covers both the present and the future:

Starting in July [2019]...you’ll still be able to use Backup and Sync on Windows or macOS to upload to both services.

- Google Blog

Which links to this FAQ that explains it even more specifically:

Check if you turned on Upload newly added photos and videos to Google Photos.

If you use Backup & Sync to upload photos and videos to Drive and Photos, it will upload a copy to each service.

- Google Support

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