By Kelsey / Last Updated October 9, 2020

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Do Photos Automatically Upload to Google Drive?

“I would like to automatically upload my photos from my Android smartphone to my Google Drive account. This was done before as sync between Google Photos & Google Drive was operational. So how can I take an automatic photo backup to Google Drive?”

Ultimate Guide to Auto Backup Photos to Google Drive

Whether you are worried about the loss of the photos you took or you need to use the photos at any time due to the nature of your work, backing up photos on all devices is extremely important. Google Drive provides unlimited storage space for compressed photos (high quality), which is undoubtedly the best cloud storage option for backing up photos. No matter which device you are using, you can find the best way to automatically back up photos to Google Drive in this section.

Upload Photos to Google Drive from Android

The process is simple, but please note the following points before backing up:

  • Make sure your device is currently connected to the Wi-Fi network.

  • When you back up photos multiple times, only the newer photos will be saved and stored.

  • If you choose to back up with the original quality and the maximum storage capacity is currently reached, your photos will not be backed up to Google Drive. This can be avoided by upgrading storage capacity.

Step 1. Download and launch the Google Drive application on your Android device and log in to your Google account.

Android Google Drive

Step 2. Click the Menu (three parallel short lines) icon located in the upper left corner of the screen.

Step 3. Locate the Settings and click on it.

Step 4. Toggle the button to enable Auto Backup, which will start the auto backup photos to Google Drive from Android.

Android Auto Add

Save Photos to Google Drive from iOS

Just like the process on an Android device, you need to download and install the Google Drive app from the App Store on the device before you can start to automatically backup photos to Google Drive on your iPhone and iPad.

Step 1. Launch Google Drive and enter the account password to log in.

Step 2. Click the Menu (three parallel short lines) icon, it should be at the top of the screen, then click Settings.

Step 3. Select the Backup, and then click START BACKUP at the end to start the upload process.

iPhone Backup

Backup Photos to Google Drive from PC

People usually upload files to Google Cloud manually through Google Drive web client. In fact, you can automatically save photos to Google Drive via some free third-party tools with ease.

Way 1. With Google Backup and Sync

The Google Backup and Sync application for Windows or Mac can automatically back up photos from your computer to Google Drive.

Step 1. If you have not downloaded Backup and Sync, go to this page to download and install it.

Step 2. Click GET STARTED to continue, and enter the account password in the first window to sign in.

Sign In

Step 2. In the next window, select the folder to be backed up to Google Drive, and select the photo upload size (High quality/Original quality), and click Next to continue.

Select Folder

Step 3. In the last window you can choose whether you need to sync the data in Google Drive to your computer, and finally click START to start an automatic backup.

Google Backup and Sync Start

Note:

  • The size of all photos cannot be smaller than 256 x 256 pixels and cannot exceed 75MB.

  • Your Internet needs a stable connection, and it is best to use Ethernet for data transmission.

  • The only file types allowed are: .jpg, .png, .webp and some other RAW files.

Way 2. With AOMEI Backupper Standard

If you delete a file in the Google Drive folder or on the web, the file in all devices will be deleted, so using Google Backup and Sync is not safe enough. You can use professional backup software such as AOMEI Backupper Standard.

Step 1. Download and install the free software AOMEI Backupper Standard, it will be displayed on the main computer interface.

Step 2. Click Backup > File Sync here.

File Sync

Step 3. Click Add Folder, and then select the folder where the photos are saved.

Add Folder

Step 4. Click Select a cloud drive to select Google Drive as the backup destination.

Step 5. Before clicking Start Sync to start the progress, you can click Schedule to set the automatic file sync period for your task (daily/weekly/monthly).

Get More Google Drive Storage for Free

When you have too many photos, you may be troubled by the limited free storage space. Don't worry, in addition to paying to upgrade your account, there is a free way to get more cloud storage space.

I recommend you to use the professional cloud backup tool CBackupper, which supports to combine cloud storage space in multiple drives. This complete space can be used to back up your photos and other files.

Step 1. Click Sign up on the homepage to apply for an account to sign in.

Sign Up

Step 2. Select the Clouds tab, and click Add Clouds in the lower-left corner, select Google Drive, and OK to add.

Add Google Drive

Step 3. You can change the Display Name to distinguish it, click Allocate to allocate the backup space, and click OK to save your options.

Allocated Space Google Drive

Repeat step1-3 to add all your cloud drives, and then you can rest assured that use this combined space to back up your data.

CBackupper also provides a desktop version, which can be used as an alternative tool when the space in your Google Drive account is insufficient. It is a professional cloud backup software that provides computers to cloud backup and data restoration services. Its outstanding feature is that it maintains professional service standards, and at the same time, it is cost-effective compared with other tools (only $6/month, $60/year can back up data to a large space of 1000GB). You can also try it free for 15 days first.

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Summary

You can learn how to perform automatic photo backup to Google Drive from different devices in this article, including Android, iOS, and PC. If you are worried that the free storage space provided by Google Drive is not enough to backup your photos, use CBackupper to combine free space in multiple cloud drives.