While the latest Google Photos update successfully tackled the persistent crashing problem with Magic Eraser on Pixel devices, there’s another issue that seems to have slipped through the cracks. This problem revolves around sorting images within albums and has been causing headaches for users for some time now.

Sorting images in Google Photos has been a difficult task for some users lately. As per reports, users are being greeted with ‘Failed to sort error’ when trying to sort images from newest to oldest. This hiccup is hindering their efforts to organize their photos in the preferred order.


The good news is that there is a potential solution that can temporarily resolve this problem. One of the affected users has shared a workaround that did the trick for some users. Hence, if you too are having trouble sorting photos, then try out this easy fix.

All you need to do is share the album, and you should be able to sort the photos without error. However, keep in mind that once you remove the shared status, the problem may return. While this isn’t a permanent solution, it can offer a temporary fix until Google addresses the issue with a proper update.

According to a product expert, this bug was escalated to Google in December 2023, and it is a known bug. The product expert also assured that Google is working on a fix for this issue, and it should be released soon. However, there is no exact date or time frame for when the fix will be available.


We hope that this article helped you fix the ‘Failed to sort’ error in Google Photos. However, if not, be assured that Google is working on it and the fix is expected sooner rather than later.

Aashish Singh
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I developed a keen interest in technology ever since my school days. And writing about it keeps me closer to this fascinating world. When I’m not working you can catch me playing video games.

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