Apple recently release the latest iOS 16.3.1 update to everyone. Now, it appears that the latest update is causing issues with the Google Photos app.
Previously, Google Photos for iOS offered better integration with Apple Photos like syncing liked images and copying iCloud photos and videos. It was also updated with a new video editor and editing features.
[Update: The new Google Photos version 6.23.1 is released on the App Store with a fix for the crashing issue on iOS 16.3.1. The release notes read:
Thanks for using Google Photos. This release includes bug fixes and performance improvements.We fixed user-reported issues and added new features to provide an enchanced editing experience.
Affected users should update their Google Photos app to the latest version for a smooth and seamless experience.]
Google Photos app is crashing on iOS 16.3.1
As per reports on social media, the Google Photos app does not open on devices updated to the iOS 16.3.1 version and it crashes instantly. Chris Welch from The Verge posted that several of his colleagues were experiencing the same issue as him with Google Photos on the latest iOS update.
Apple’s new iOS update seems to have broken Google Photos. Every so often a random, very popular app just doesn’t get along with the latest iOS or Android update.Today that app is Google Photos, which is instantly crashing whenever I try to open it after installing iOS 16.3.1. Several other people at The Verge are reporting the same.If it’s not solvable on the backend, hopefully Google can quickly get a fixed version into the App Store. Not everyone uses iCloud Photos, after all.
Although Apple also offers iCloud Photos, as Welch pointed out, it is not used by all iOS users. Until the issue is patched by Apple or Google, users who heavily rely on the Google Photos app should abstain from updating their iOS devices.
Having said that, iOS 16.3.1 also patches security vulnerabilities, so it might not be easy or advisable not to update devices. The complete release notes read:
This update provides important bug fixes and security updates for your iPhone including:
– iCloud settings may be unresponsive or incorrectly display if apps are using iCloud
– Siri requests for Find My may not work
– Crash Detection optimizations on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models
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