Facebook will shut off auto-sync feature soon; users being asked to use ‘Moments’ app instead

Facebook will shut off auto-sync feature soon; users being asked to use ‘Moments’ app instead

In a move which underscores an apparent effort by Facebook to give a notable push to its ‘Moments’ photo-specific app, the company has revealed in a recent announcement that it will soon discontinue its auto-sync feature.

Revealing that it will stop supporting the 2012-launched auto-sync feature from January, Facebook said that it is urging users to download the Moments private photo-sharing app when auto-sync is discontinued.

To encourage the download of the Moments app by users of the soon-to-be-discontinued auto-sync feature, Facebook is showing a pop-up notification on the top of the News Feed. The notification explains that Facebook will end photo syncing on the social network with effect from January 10, 2016.

The notification also unfolds a link to the ‘Learn More’ option, and suggests that “you’ll still be able to access your synced photos in Moments, a new app created by Facebook.”

Hinting that the Moments app is a logical extension of how people click and share pictures in present times, Facebook has asserted in a statement that the auto-sync feature was launched three years back “when people took photos on their phones, but still posted primarily from computers,” and added: "People that use photo syncing will have the option to move the photos they've previously synced to our new app Moments, where they will be able to view, download, or delete them."

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