One of the most annoying things about Chrome OS right now is the lack of sync between Google Photos and the Files app. Fortunately, a pair of work-in-progress Chromium commits spotted by the folks at Android Police suggest Google is working on integrating Google Photos into the Chrome OS file manager. Once the Google Photos integration rolls out, you’ll be able to view all your Google Photos uploads when selecting files in the file picker.
|filesapp| Only show Photos volume in file picker.
Google Photos volume should only be shown when picking files in Chrome OS, and hidden when browsing or picking files in ARC.
The commits confirm that users will be able to easily browse and choose their recent photos from within the Files app. However, you will need to have the Google Photos Android app installed on your Chromebook to be able to access your uploads.
Before Google decided to split its Drive and Photos services to “simplify how things work between the two services” in July 2019, it was extremely easy to keep the photo gallery and photo files in sync on Chromebooks. While the commits suggest the changes are on the way, it is unclear exactly when they will be merged into the Chromium source code.