We’ve all had the problem in the past – wrestling with storage limits – this is usually the case when it comes to managing your device’s camera roll – and aside from taking the step of deleting old pictures, something that no one really wants to do as its effectively throwing away your precious photography pieces and priceless memories.
Fear not! There is a new solution that we’re writing about today – and aside from a paid iCloud this is likely your best option.
Below we provide instructions for backing up all of the photographs on your phone to Google photos.
First things first, download Google Photos for iOS or Android – the app is free for both platforms. When you launch it for the first time you may be asked to sign in to your Google account. Make sure the correct Google account is selected as this will be the one that all your photos get saved to.
Next, you’ll be thrust with the back-up and sync screen. Here you can set preferences for how photos are saved on your device should be uploaded to the Google Drive cloud.
You want to tap the switch next to the ‘back up & sync” toggle so it’s on the blue position. It’s up to you if you want to sync over your mobile data or not, if you have limited data it’s recommended that you switch it off to save those precious GBs and avoid straining your data-plan.
The next screen asks you to confirm upload size, you should go ahead and select ‘High Quality’. You should do this for a number of reasons –
- It will not affect your ‘maximum storage data allowance on Google Drive’ – you can have as many photos as you want!
- It will not affect the quality of the photos you will take on your phone. The last thing you want is for your photos to be automatically compressed into lower quality.
Press continue – the back-up and sync process will begin. The more photographs that you have the longer that this process takes. Don’t be worried if it gives you a long loading time.
Once you’re finished, it’s time to familiarise yourself with the Google photos interface, when you open up the app again, you’ll have access to your entire video and photo content via three tabs – assistant, photos and albums.
Once you are happy that everything has been backed up, you are ready to clear them off your phone or tablet. Go to the three-line ‘hamburger’ menu and from there select ‘free up space’. Google will then search your phone for all of the videos and photos saved to your device that have been backed up by Google. You’ll receive a notification which will confirm the removal. Once you are ready you can click ‘remove’.
The downside to this is when you are without access to the web you won’t be able to access the high-resolution versions, but you can access them via the Google photos app and easily download the photos again – no problem!
You can use this to be able to take an UNLIMITED number of photos and 1080p videos on your phone, so the fun never has to end.
Make sure that you don’t back up anything that you don’t want to be on the cloud.
Following on from this you can select ‘Backup’ anytime you need to refresh on what is saved, and underneath it, you will find ‘Free up _____GB’ underneath it.