Backup your Google Photos with these simple steps

According to certain news from various social media or blogs, it is known that the Google Photos and Google Drive are not syncing automatically, and hence have no backup.
So how can you be sure that your photos and videos are being backed up safely?
Or even worse, are they even being backed up or not?

Well, it’s actually pretty simple. Your photos can be backed up to Google Photos either via its mobile app or using Google’s Backup and Sync application for Windows and macOS systems.

Why is it necessary to backup your media?

Well this question has a quite obvious answer. That is because of any kind of emergency or disaster to your phone or your phone’s memory, all the media if deleted or erased from your phone can be got back again with just a tap of a button.

Backing up your files can help you avert disaster.  Backing up is simply making an electronic copy of files, and storing that copy in a safe place.  If you back up your files regularly, you can retrieve some of your information, if not all of it, if something happens to the originals on your phone.

Basically, the main reason for data backup is to save important files if a system crash or hard drive failure occurs. There should be additional data backups if the original backups result in data corruption or hard drive failure.

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If you decide to remove the Photos app from your Android phone, the Backup and Sync will not automatically turn off, so you’ll want to turn it off before you get rid of the app. (This is not the case with iPhones.)

If you upload your photos in what Google calls “High quality” (in other words, using Google’s compression), they won’t count against your storage quota. However, if you upload them without the compression (in what Google calls “Original quality”), they will, and if you’re uploading large photos, you could run out of storage space very quickly. If that happens, and you don’t want to buy additional space, it’s a good idea to turn the app off.

1) Steps to backup photos from a phone –

  1. If you’re using an Android phone, it’s a pretty sure thing that you’ve already got the Google Photos app.
  2. If you don’t, download it from the Play Store or the App Store and open the app.Tap on the three-line menu icon and select “Settings.”
  3. Tap on “Backup and sync.”
  4. Make sure the “Backup and sync” toggle is set to the “on” position.
  5. You can also set a number of other features here;
  6. for example, whether videos will also be backed up, whether the backup can also be done using your cellular data or just via Wi-Fi, and whether any other folders (besides your camera folder) on your device should be backed up as well.

2) Steps to backup photos from a windows/macOS system – 

If you’re uploading photos from a camera to your computer, you can also back them up to Google Photos using a separate app.

  1. Go to Google’s page for its “Backup and Sync” app. Download, install, and start the app.
  2. Click on “Get Started” and sign in to your Google account.
  3. Choose whether you want to just back up photos and videos, or other files as well. Click on “Next.”
  4. At this point, you can select from which folders you want to save you photos. You also choose whether you want your photos saved in “High quality” or “Original quality.”
  5. If you click on “Advanced settings” at the bottom of the page; you can choose whether you want to sync your computer files with your Google Drive. (This is different than the automatic sync that, until recently; occurred with Photos since it is done voluntarily through this app, and can include other files besides photos.)
  6. Click on “Start.” Your photos will start backing up; when the app is done, you can go to Google Photos on the web and find them there.
  7. You will see a new icon in your top toolbar. If you click on the icon, it will tell you which files have been recently uploaded; and which were skipped, either because they were already in Google Photos or because they were too large (75MB or 100MP for photos, 10GB for videos) or too small (under 256 x 256).

Note –

If these are important photos to you, for either professional or personal reasons, you might want to consider using a full-featured backup program; this will back your data up to a separate drive. Or you could also use a service which will back your data up to the cloud; since they can provide additional tools and more varied recovery options.

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Navaneetha Suresh

Navaneetha Suresh

Navaneetha, commonly known as "nav", loves to read, play badminton, play the keyboard and sing but when she's not doing any of those, she loves to write. What started as a high school hobby to write is now her ongoing passion.

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