We’re all well acquainted with the pain of exhausting our phone/PC/laptop/tablet storage with legions of photos. Well did you know you can easily backup all those precious photos and videos on either Android or iPhone for free?…
How to Backup Your Photos for Free? Google have recently made Backup and Sync available to the public, replacing the older previous Google Photos desktop uploader and Google Drive for Mac and PC. The Google Photos app can be used to back up both iPhones and Android phones, but it’s only for photos and videos, nothing else. It is more tangible and hands-on than iCloud, since it allows you to upload, edit, store and share photos and videos through its mobile app. If your photo album is taking up most of your iCloud or Samsung Cloud storage, then use Google Photos to back those up and maximize cloud space. This way, you can avoid having to pay for extra storage
I’ve been using Google Photos on my phone for years, but for my PC/Laptop I had been using the likes of Dropbox and Onedrive with limited 100GB free offers. Now though with Backup and Sync available I can now back up unlimited completely free. Google offer 2 options, free unlimited high quality uploads which is around 95% of the original quality of your photos & videos. This is probably only noticeable to those with a keen eye and barely even noticeable to most. Secondly option 2 is 15GB of free storage for original full quality uploads. With this you can upload anything, documents, pdf etc, it’s not just photos or videos. You can choose to sync everything across all your devices or keep them seperate, whether things only upload to Drive and or Google Photos.
I use the free high quality uploads to backup all the photos and videos from my phone (great to backup my travel shots) and keep the free 15GB for using with my 360 stuff keeping it all at full original quality while I edit them. Its especially handy if i need at any point to switch between phone and pc before uploading to the website. When i’m done I still upload a version to Google Photos high quality, save full quality to my pc hard drive and I also have a third backup with a 1TB portable drive just for my 360 stuff.
- Once installed click ‘Get Started‘ at the bottom of the window. You’ll be asked to sign in with your Google account. After signing in, click the Next button.
- After that choose the folders you want to back up, you will need to choose the quality you want the files to be uploaded in. The High quality option slightly reduces the quality, but is unlimited uploads for free. The second option is original quality uploads, but this will count against your 15GB for available free storage in Google Drive.
- Now on desktop you’ll find you have a Google Drive option in your explorer window and also in the bottom right system tray. Mobile everything is in the photos app
Thats it easy peasy, now you won’t have to worry about losing those precious travel memories or have any photo storage problems ever again.
Tip: Google photos app used to backup my photos on my mobile regardless of whether the app was running or not. However, recently I noticed it would only sync when I had the app open. I have both Power Saving and Data Saving turned on. To fix this I Opened Settings > Apps > Special Access > added Photos to “Apps not optimised” in Optimise Battery Usage and turned on “Allow app while Data saver on” for Photos.