Google Photos no longer works thanks to the iOS 16.3.1 update


You might want to hold off on updating to iOS 16.3.1 if you’re someone who uses Google Photos on iPhone.

Apple today announced its latest update for compatible iPhones running iOS 16.3.1. While new updates are always appreciated, especially those that bring stability improvements and bug fixes, sometimes they can also cause problems. But sometimes these updates can also cause things to break, and apparently that seems to be the case with iOS 16.3.1 when it comes to Google Photos.

If you’ve downloaded the latest version of iOS 16.3.1, you might be in for a nasty surprise as the update causes Google Photos to crash. After downloading and updating to the latest iOS version, Google Photos will no longer open and instantly crashes. This was confirmed by some members of our team and was also reported by the people at On the edge. So if you haven’t done this update yet, it might be a good idea to hold off.

For the most part, iOS 16.3.1 is a minor update that doesn’t introduce any new customer-facing features, but does offer significant bug fixes and stability updates. According to the patch notes, the latest update brings fixes for:

  • iCloud settings may not respond or display incorrectly if apps use iCloud
  • Siri requests for Find My may not work
  • Optimizations to detect crashes on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models

Although it seemed like an amazing feature when it was released, Crash Detection caused some problems, with iPhones in the US producing false alarms when some users were engaged in activities such as roller coaster rides or winter sports. Therefore, Apple collects more data to strengthen its crash detection feature to minimize false detections. With the latest update, it introduces optimizations to the feature, but Apple hasn’t shared how this feature has been improved, so we’ll have to watch how Crash Detection reacts going forward.

As stated earlier, if you haven’t updated yet, you may want to hold off if Google Photos is part of your daily workflow. We will report back when this issue is fixed.


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