iOS 16.3.1 Breaks Google Photos App [Fixed]

The iOS 16.3.1 update that was released today appears to be causing issues with Google Photos, so iPhone and iPad owners who use Google ‌Photos‌ should probably avoid updating.

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Multiple reports on social media complain about the issue, which The Verge also highlighted. It appears that the Google ‌Photos‌ app is crashing instantly when ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌ users attempt to open it after upgrading to the latest software.

There is no word on when the problem will be fixed, and whether a fix requires an update to the Google ‌Photos‌ app or can be done server side.

Unfortunately, the update also includes a fix for a vulnerability known to be actively exploited in the wild, so Google ‌Photos‌ users will need to choose between the Google ‌Photos‌ app and improved device security until the problem is addressed.

Update: A new version of the Google ‌Photos‌ app with a fix for this issue is now available.

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Top Rated Comments

sniffies Avatar
19 months ago
I believe that's a feature, not a bug.
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
erikkfi Avatar
19 months ago
? security
? Google Photos
? security...
? Google Photos.

hmmm...
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BenGoren Avatar
19 months ago

Unfortunately, the update also includes a fix for a vulnerability known to be actively exploited in the wild ('https://www.macrumors.com/2023/02/13/ios-16-3-1-macos-ventura-13-2-1-vulnerability-fix/'), so Google Photos users will need to choose between the Google Photos app and improved device security until the problem is addressed.
If you’re using Google anything, you’ve already made the choice that data security isn’t your priority.

b&
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
19 months ago
Security update! I don't trust Google so I stay away from Google Photos.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MathersMahmood Avatar
19 months ago
Prepare for the I dOnT tRuSt gOoGle comments
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Burger Thing Avatar
19 months ago
Seems like 16.3.1. works as intended.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)