Change “Back up & sync” settings

Change how and when your photos and videos are saved to your Google account.

  1. Open the Google Photos app .
  2. In the top left, tap Menu .
  3. Select SettingsBack up & sync. If "Back up & sync" is on, you can change the settings below:

Choose what's backed up

Choose a Google account

To change the Google account to which you're saving your photos and videos:

  1. Open the Google Photos app .
  2. In the top left, tap Menu .
  3. Select SettingsBack up & sync.
  4. Tap the account name to change it.

Storage size

Choose between 2 storage sizes:

High quality

  • Unlimited free storage
  • Standard cameras: recommended for phones or point-and-shoot cameras with 16 megapixels (MP) or less.
  • Uses: good for typical printing and sharing.
  • Size: save high-quality photos and videos while reducing size.

Original

  • Limited free storage: Uses storage in your Google account regardless of photo or video size. Check my storage
  • DSLR cameras: recommended if you take photos with a DSLR camera and want to maintain the exact original quality.
  • Uses: recommended for printing large banners or for storing your original files.
  • Size: store your photos and videos exactly as you captured them.

Change this setting

  1. Open the Google Photos app .
  2. In the top left, tap Menu .
  3. Select SettingsBack up & sync.
  4. Tap Upload size.

Choose folders to back up...

Choose which folders on your phone or tablet to back up. This can include photos that you've downloaded, screenshots that you've taken or photos saved by other apps.

  1. Open the Google Photos app .
  2. In the top left, tap Menu .
  3. Select Settings > Back up & sync.
  4. Tap "Choose folders to back up..." and select the folders that you want to back up.

Choose when things are backed up

"Back up photos" or "Photo backup using mobile data"

Choose whether you want to back up your photos using your mobile network (rather than just Wi-Fi).

Change this setting

  1. Open the Google Photos app .
  2. In the top left, tap Menu .
  3. Select SettingsBack up & sync.
  4. Select "Back up photos" or "Photos back up using mobile data". 
    Charges from your service provider may apply if you upload using your mobile network.

"Back up videos" or "Video backup using mobile data"

Choose whether you want to back up your videos using your mobile network (rather than just Wi-Fi).

Change this setting

  1. Open the Google Photos app .
  2. In the top left, tap Menu .
  3. Select Settings > Back up & sync.
  4. Tap "Back up videos" or "Videos back up using mobile data".
    Charges from your service provider may apply if you upload using your mobile network.

Roaming

Roaming allows photos and videos to be uploaded while you're roaming on a mobile data network.

  1. Open the Google Photos app .
  2. In the top left, tap Menu .
  3. Select Settings > Back up & sync.
  4. Turn Roaming on or off.
    Charges from your service provider may apply if you turn this on.

While charging only

On

  • Your photos and videos will only be uploaded when your device is connected to an external power source.
  • Can help manage your device's battery life.

Off

  • Your photos and videos will be uploaded when your device isn't being charged.

Change this setting

  1. Open the Google Photos app .
  2. In the top left, tap Menu .
  3. Select Settings > Back up & sync.
  4. Turn While charging only on or off. 

Back up all

Tap "Back up all" to upload your photos and videos according to the preferences that you've set.

  1. Open the Google Photos app .
  2. In the top left, tap Menu .
  3. Select Settings > Back up & sync.
  4. Tap Back up all.
    Bear in mind that if you have "Back up photos" set to run only when you're connected to Wi-Fi, your photos will begin backing up only when your device is connected to Wi-Fi.

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