With powerful camera sensors and flash modules, mobile phones have increasingly become our go-to image capturing devices. The possibility of taking a photo anywhere, at any moment, has made photography a hobby for a lot of us, and with that comes an ever-expanding library of photos, videos and pictures. However, with so many pictures taken and so many images to save, things can get overwhelming when it’s time to organize and back them up, which is why today we’ll be showing you how you can backup your photos automatically in the cloud.
To do this, we’ll be using a very simple tool that pretty much does it all for you, for free, and it comes straight from Google. That’s right, we’re talking about Google Photos, which you can download by using this link. This app is Google’s official gallery app for modern versions of Android, which makes sense once you look at all the new features that it offers you. Start by downloading the app, and after a short intro:
You’ll be asked to log in using your Google account. Enter your details and you’ll have access to the app. The app will also ask you about the quality of the uploads:
What is the difference, you may ask? Well, in the end, it boils down to how much memory is necessary to store it. While uploading the originals is possible, it counts against your Google Drive available space, while you can upload all the compressed pictures you want without having to worry about available space. Google’s explanation boils it down further:
Now, as we said, the purpose of this tutorial is to automatically backup your photos and pictures. And the way it works is quite simple – just enable the app, and it will scan through the photos you have taken:
And right away, it will start to upload them to the cloud. You can see pictures being uploaded by the circular icon in the bottom right corner. However, the app only does this automatically for your picture folder. In many cases, we have pictures elsewhere – for example, we may have downloaded a picture from someone else, and in that case it would be in our Download folder. That’s why you can manually pick which folders to upload. To do this, swipe to the right to bring up the sidebar:
And then tap on “Device folders”, which will take you to this screen:
Here, all of the storage folders in your device that the application detects as having pictures will show up. You will also see a cloud icon in the title bar, which you can tap to toggle automatic backup for that folder in particular:
Any pictures you take from this point on will be automatically uploaded to the cloud and immediately accessible. However, you might be wondering how this all works after uploading your pictures. We know they’re in the cloud, but how do you access them? Well, luckily for us, Google has a web version of their Photos service, which you can use to browse, download and organize your pictures from your web browser. Just click this link to access it:
Another cool feature of Google Photos is the space it saves on your phone. Since it’s all being uploaded, you can delete the original pictures from your phone and access them later, since they are in the cloud and available for download at any point. The app even provides this function natively, by detecting when you’re low on space and offering to automatically delete any photos older than 30 days and already backed up:
Just select the option and the app will let you know how much space it can save by deleting your pictures:
And that’s about it. After enabling Google Photos, not only will your photos be automatically uploaded, they will also be automatically organized and cataloged by the app, including facial recognition and when the picture was taken. It can also save you precious storage space on your phone’s memory and save all your memories for later, even if the phone breaks, which is a great way to guarantee that your pictures will be preserved forever.