Google Photos are in the way of the execution of the plan for Pixel phones may offer you a more integrated experience for RAW images in the app. After which you will be shown a result in an on-device “Raw” folder once enabling the Camera app’s RAW+JPEG capture.
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Meanwhile on Pixel and other Android devices while taking RAW shots creates a similarly named folder that by default has “Backup” disabled even if the main upload is turned on. As they are not stored in the cloud, these RAW pictures don’t appear in the main Photos feed/tab.
The upcoming change that will always surface RAW pictures — regardless of Backup state — in the main feed in version 6.20 of Google Photos reveals. Expect the following prompt to appear once live:
<string name=”photos_raw_burst_tooltip_title”>You can now access the RAW photo here</string>
RAW images will appear alongside every other picture, even if Google Photos Backup is disabled:
<string name=”photos_raw_move_banner_title_backup_off“>New RAW photos will appear in the Photos view</string>
Google Photos 6.20 is not widely rolled out. Devices that are already running that version do not have a different experience, so there’s presumably a server-side component.
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