Use Google Photos to seamlessly backup your pictures [How-To]

In today’s digital landscape, photos are one most precious commodities. Everyone is snapping selfies to remember where they were or asking a stranger to take a family picture to add to the album they will make of their trip, usually all with their mobile devices. Today we are here to show you how to use Google’s Photos app to automatically backup and edit an unlimited amount of pictures and videos.

Prerequisites:

There are a couple or requirements before we can begin backing up your photos.

  1. You must have a Google account linked to you mobile device.
  2. You must have Google’s Photos app installed.

Setup:

Google has done a great job of making this a very simple, and user friendly process.

  1. Launch the Photos application
  2. Tap the hamburger menu button in the upper left hand corner of the screen (it is inside the search bar)
  3. Tap the settings option
  4. At the top of the screen tap the “Back up & sync” option
  5. Tap the grey slider next to “Back up & sync”

Once you tap the slider, you will see additional options appear on the screen. To take advantage of Google’s “free unlimited storage” option, make sure the upload size is set to “High quality” (6).

Make note of the options at the bottom. If you, like me, do not have an unlimited data plan, it may be a good idea to disable any of the Cellular data back(7) up options. Also, for those battery conscious users, consider enabling backup “While charging only”.

What apps do you use for photo management and backup? Are there any apps you would like us to help you use better? Leave us a comment below with your ideas.

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