A while ago, Google made some changes to Google Plus and Drive which allowed users of the Plus service to see photos placed in their drives. This is great for photographers who want to be able to use the G+ editing tools, but what about those of us who have mixed media in their drives? One of our clients logged in to their account this morning to find over 1000 stock and otherwise useless images that are there because they are in a wordpress plugin or something else stored in Drive. So how do you stop a Google Drive folder from syncing to Plus? It turns out, it’s remarkably simple. There are two options you can choose for managing your sync settings. The first is to completely enable or disable sync. The second is to exclude an individual folder.
Toggle the Feature
The easiest way to do this is to click the button below and toggle the box next to Show Drive photos in your photo library, which is located under the Photos section. For those who want some extra work, simply access the G+ menu and select settings, then follow the above instructions.
Exclude Individual Folders
By default, if you have the sync feature enabled, all folders will be listed in your Plus photos section as private albums. As of this writing, there is no way to bulk remove folders or to change bulk settings, so if you have lots of extra albums, you have a lot of work to do. The process itself is simple, but again, with lots of albums, it will take some time.
To exclude a folder, simply login to G+ and select the Photos section. Once inside photos, click Albums and find the folder you want to remove. Open the folder and then click on the drop down and then Remove Album. The folder will remain on Google Drive, but will be removed from G+ with no further syncing.