4 Ways to Sync and Upload Photos to Cloud Storage on Android

MakeUseOf | 8/20/2019 | Ben Stegner
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If someone stole your phone tomorrow, or you dropped it in water and destroyed it, how many precious photos would you lose?

Of all the data you carry on your phone, pictures are often the most valuable. Thankfully, there’s no reason to ever lose a photo again, thanks to these automatic photo backup apps for Android.

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Chances are that Google Photos came preinstalled on your phone. Unsurprisingly, the app provides one of the best ways to back up your photos on Android. It’s tied with your Google account and allows you to sync as many pictures as you want.

However, there’s a small catch. The backup is only unlimited if you choose the High Quality option in Google Photos. This compresses images to 16MP and videos to 1080p. If you want to back up your photos at their full resolution, those images will count against your allotted space shared across Gmail, Photos, and Google Drive. Free accounts come with 15GB of storage for this.

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To adjust your automatic backup settings in Google Photos, open the app and slide out the left menu. Select Settings from this and enter the Back up & sync section.

Here, make sure you have the Back up & sync slider enabled to use the feature. Below this, you can select the quality level you’d like to use.

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As you’d expect, Photos will automatically back up pictures from your camera; select Back up device folders if you’d like to include other images on your device. You may want to exclude apps like WhatsApp to avoid clogging up your Google Photos account with memes from group chats.

After you’re all backed up, Google Photos offers another cool feature: automatic cleanup of photos from your device. Select Free up space from the left menu, and Photos will remove images from your local storage that it...
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