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Back up photos & videos

Save photos you take with your device's camera and photos saved on your phone to your Google Photos library.

What is back up and sync?

  • A backup service: Your photos and videos will save to your Google Photos library.
  • Privately stored: Photos and videos backed up from your device are private unless you share them.
  • Syncing: Any changes you make will be mirrored on every synced device. For example, if you edit and save a photo on your phone, it will look the same on photos.google.com.

Turn on back up and sync

  1. Open the Google Photos app .
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. At the top, tap Menu .
  4. Select Settings Settings and then Back up & sync.
  5. Tap "Back up & sync" on or off.

If you see a message asking to allow the app to access your photos:

  1. Open the iOS settings app and then tap Privacy and then Photos.
  2. Turn on Google Photos.

Turn off back up with the Google Drive app

To turn off back up for both Google Drive and Google Photos, make sure to turn back up off on both apps.

For example, if you turned back up on in both the Google Photos app and the Google Drive app, your photos will still back up until you turn it off in both places.

Change your back up settings

  • Choose the Google Account to back up photos and videos: Under "Backup account", tap the account name.
  • Change your upload size: Tap Upload size. Learn more about upload sizes
  • Back up on mobile data: If you don’t want to wait for Wi-Fi to back up your photos, under “When to back up”, tap Use cellular data to back up photos or Use cellular data to back up videos. Charges from your service provider may apply if you upload using your mobile network.

Check if your photos are backed up

  1. Open the Google Photos app .
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. Tap Assistant.
  4. At the top, you'll see if your photos are backed up, or if it's still waiting to back up.

Costs to back up

If your upload size is set to High quality, you get unlimited free storage. But if it’s set to Original, your backed up photos will count against your Google Photos storage. Learn how to change your upload size.

You get 15 GB of free storage for photos and videos that are stored exactly as you captured them.

Check your Google Photos storage.

Brenna is a Google Photos expert and wrote this page. Help her improve it by leaving feedback below.

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