Google Photos is the best way to back up your photos and videos for free. We show you how to use services on Android devices
It’s not hard to see a huge photo library lately, thanks to the amazing camera on our smartphone.
But it is not a good idea to rely on your cell phone to keep it safe. If they are stolen, lost or damaged, you will lose them in an instant. Don’t worry, because it’s very easy to protect from this worst case scenario by backing up your images to Google Photos or other services.
The best part is that it happens automatically, so you don’t have to remember to support it. And if that’s not enough for you, it’s also free!
How to back up your photos to Google Photos
Google Photos is the best choice for backing up your images, because there is a high possibility that it is already on your mobile and making it up and running is easy. Although you can purchase additional storage through your Google One account, you can upload your entire photo library for free, because Google Photos offers no-cost storage for images and videos that meet the following criteria:
– Photos that are no bigger than 16MP (the size will be 16MP if larger)
– Video at 1080p (higher resolution will be lowered to 1080p)
This is for the ‘High quality’ option which we will explain below. If you want to maintain the original quality of your photos and videos, you must choose that option, and this will count for free 15GB of Google storage, which when full requires you to subscribe to get more. We found the high quality settings to be very good for photos from mobile phones, but that was quite disturbing to the video quality. However, we mainly focus on photos here.
Turn on Backup & sync for Google Photos
To activate a backup on Google Photos, launch the application (you can download it from the Google Play Store if you haven’t already installed it), then make sure you are logged into your Google account.
Underneath there are several important options in the Settings section. This includes the Upload size, which you want to ensure is set to High quality (free unlimited storage), and Cellular data usage that must be set as No data is used for backup to avoid accidental burning through your entire month’s allocation within a few hours.
Now, as long as you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, your mobile will begin to back up your library to Google’s servers. When this completes this task, which can take a while if you have a large library, there are other changes you can make to ease the burden on your disk space. From the main Google Photos application screen, tap three more lines and select Settings.
If you like, you can tap Free up device storage. This will delete all photos or videos on your device that are safely backed up to Google Photos. Of course you can download it again whenever you want, but in the meantime it will give you storage space on your device to take more photos and videos.
Google Photos application itself is very brilliant. This allows you to use a powerful Google search to find things like “yellow cars” or “dog videos”, and it will show you memories, which are photos from the same day in previous years. It will also recognize faces so you can find photos of specific people, just by entering a name for each person under the People section.
How to back up Android photos to cloud storage
If you don’t want to use Google Photos and prefer to maintain the original image quality, most cloud storage services have an automatic photo backup option. Of course, many of these will go into monthly or annual subscriptions because the free space offered is quickly consumed by photos and videos.
For example, in the Microsoft OneDrive app, you have to tap the My tab in the lower right corner, choose Settings, then tap Upload Camera and turn it on. This method is usually similar to other cloud storage services.
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