One aspect that bothers users of phones from brands like Samsung is how screenshots are saved in the device storage. For a long time, the brand saved these captures in the DCIM folder, the same where the camera photos are stored. When making copies in the cloud, these captures are also uploaded, even if the user does not want them to.
Fortunately, it seems that Android 12 could provide a solution
Android 12 will improve the storage of screenshots
Phones on the operating system they have two main folders for storing photos. One is pictures or photos, where uploaded photos or taken screenshots are saved. The other folder is DCIM (Digital Camera Images) which are the photos we took with the phone’s camera. There is a clear distinction between these two files.
Applications like Dropbox or Google Photos scan the DCIM folder to save photos to the cloud. In mobiles like Samsung, this is the folder where the captures are located, so those captures are also uploaded to the cloud, which most don’t want. Android 12 would finally change this situation.
In Android 12, Google would define the criteria needed to determine where a screenshot should be stored in storage. This new version of the operating system would cause a photo considered to be a screenshot to be stored in the Pictures folder. It will not be possible to store it in the DCIM folder, as you have seen from XDA.
It is still not 100% certain that this change will be introduced, but it would mean that phones from brands such as Samsung, OPPO or Xiaomi that update or have Android 12 as standard would save these captures in Images. Thus, the captures will not be uploaded to the cloud in applications like Google Photos without the user having decided to do so.