By Nicky / Last Updated September 11, 2020

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Why should you backup and sync photos to Google Drive?

As one of the most popular cloud storage around the world, Google Drive offers you much convenience, especially the ability to seamlessly backup and sync your photos to your Google account. Backing up photos to Google Drive is an easy way to prevent you from losing important photos in the future due to damage to your hard drive or device.

Meanwhile, these backed up photos on Google Drive can be accessed and downloaded through the web, the desktop app or the mobile app, and you also get the ability to access your photo library from multiple devices simultaneously which makes it easier for people that own different devices.

What’s more, Google Drive provides free storage of 15GB for each registrant, which is a very generous amount compared with other cloud drives. And if the free 15GB cannot fit your requirement, you can upgrade for more cloud storage with an affordable price. Hence, saving your photos to Google Drive is an easy way of backing up your photos and accessing them from various devices without the need for a physical storage device.

Is it easy to backup and sync photos to Google Drive?

Google Drive is a platform to store and sync content across various devices. Google Drive and it has a web version, and its mobile applications can be downloaded on Android and iOS devices. However, the web version and mobile app of Google Drive only allows you to upload files manually. If you want to backup and sync photos to Google Drive automatically, you can rely on some backup and sync tools offered by Google.

In order to facilitate users, Google provides different tools for users to backup and sync photos or other files on different devices. If you’re a heavy Google user, you’re probably already aware of Google’s backup and sync tools like Google Backup and Sync and Google Photos app. If you are unfamiliar with these tools and don’t know how to use them, you can refer to the contents below.

How to backup and sync photos on Windows PC or Mac via Backup and Sync

In 2017, Google retired the original Drive app for Windows and Mac computers and replaced it with a brand new app known as Backup and Sync. The tool offered the functionality to add images and videos to Google Photos too. Essentially, this new tool will allow you to sync your files to Google Drive cloud storage and vice versa.

1. On your computer, download and install Backup and Sync and sign in to the Google Account.

2. Select to back up only photos or videos, or all files. And then select any photos folders that you want to backup and sync.

Google Backup and Sync

3. Under "Photo and video upload size", select the photo and video upload size you’d prefer: High-quality (unlimited storage) or Original (15GB storage). Then, click "Start".

Google Backup and Sync

How to backup and sync photos on mobile devices via Google Photos app

Google Photos is a cloud service offered by Google to store all your photos and videos that worked in automatic sync with Google Drive. Therefore, backup and sync your photos with Google Photos app and then sync or share them to Google Drive directly is also a way to backup and sync photos to Google Drive.

1. Open Google Photos app and select the three-line menu icon.

2. Tap “Settings” > “Backup and sync” and then set the "Backup and Sync" toggle to the "on" position.

Google Photos

Bonus Tip: How to get more free Google Drive storage?

Although Google Drive offers 15GB free storage, it is not enough for some users, and the space will be run out in a very short time. If you are not ready to pay for an advanced plan with larger cloud storage, you can use a multiple cloud storage manager like CBackupper to add and merge Google Drive accounts. In this way, you can combine your Google Drive cloud storage into one and take full use of all your free cloud storage.

CBackupper is a free and web-based service with a clean interface and user-friendly design so that you can easily figure it out even for the first time. And besides cloud combining function, it also supports cloud to cloud transfer with flexible transfer settings like automatic backup and File filter.

Let's see how to use CBackupper to expand your free space available:

1. Create an account and sign in. Just go to the main page of CBackupper, click “Sign up” at the upper right side, then type your email, password, and name.

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2. Add your cloud storage accounts owning to one or different cloud drives. Click “Add Clouds” under “Clouds” tab, select your clouds (here is Google Drive) and click “OK”. Then sign in your account and authorize CBackupper to access and manage your Google Drive files.

Add Google Drive

3. Now, you complete the entire process of adding cloud drives. To add more clouds, you just need to repeat the above steps. And you’d better change the default name to a unique one for distinguish.

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Note:

  • You can click the three-dot icon next to each cloud drives and select “Allocate Space” to adjust your storage allocation flexibly.

Modify Confirm

  • If you need to transfer files from Google Drive to other cloud drives, just go to the "Task" tab and click on “Create Task” to set up your cloud transfer task according to your needs.

Create Task

Conclusion

That’s how to backup and sync photos to Google Drive, no matter you are using Windows PC, Mac, or mobile devices, you can choose the suitable tools provided by Google to backup and sync your photos to Google Drive automatically. And if you want to upload photos in original size and the Google Drive storage is not enough for you, you can merge multiple Google Drive to get more free cloud storage with CBackupper.