Save photos from your device, camera, or storage card to your Google Photos library.
About back up and sync
Back up and sync is a storage service that automatically saves your photos and videos to your Google Account. These photos and videos will be accessible from any device where you are logged into your account.
- Never lose a memory: Any photos you take from a device with backup enabled will be saved to your Google Account.
- Automatic sync: Any edits you make or photos you take will be accessible across any device that you sign in to. If you edit and save a photo on your phone, the photo will look the same on Google Photos.
- Fast and powerful search: You can search your photos by the people (when enable face grouping), places, and things in them. No tagging is required.
- Automatic creations: Bring photos to life with automatically created movies, collages, animations, and panoramas.
Before you get started
- Good internet connection.
- File sizes that can be backed up. Your files won’t be backed up if they are:
- Photos larger than 200 MB or 150 MP
- Videos larger than 10 GB.
- Items smaller than 256 x 256.
- File types that can be backed up.
- Photos: .jpg, .png, .webp and some RAW files.
- Live photos can be backed up if you use the Google Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Videos: .mpg, .mod, .mmv, .tod, .wmv, .asf, .avi, .divx, .mov, .m4v, .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .m2t, .m2ts, .mts, and .mkv files.
Note: If you try to back up a file type not listed here, it may not work with Google Photos.
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There are 2 ways to back up your phone, camera, or storage card from your computer:
- Install Backup and Sync.
- Upload photos from your browser.
Set up the Backup and Sync computer app
- On your computer, download and install Backup and Sync.
- Sign in to the Google Account that you use for Google Photos.
- Select to back up only photos or videos, or all files.
- Select any folders you want to back up.
- Under “Photo & video upload size,” select your upload size.
- Click Start.
- If you remove a photo or video from your computer, it remains in Google Photos.
- If you remove a photo or video from Google Photos, it's not removed from Google Drive or your computer.
If you have trouble installing Backup and Sync, you may already have it installed for Google Drive.
To turn on Backup and Sync for Google Photos:
- On your computer, open Backup and Sync .
- Click More Preferences.
- Turn on Upload newly added photos and videos to Google Photos.
If you had the Photos desktop uploader: After you have Backup and Sync installed, you can replace the Photos desktop uploader by uninstalling it.
Upload items to Google Photos from your browser
- On your computer, open photos.google.com.
- At the top right, click Upload Computer.
- Find and select your photos.
- Click Open.
You can also drag photos from your computer to the album to upload them to Google Photos. If you drag a photo to a specific album, the photo will be uploaded to that album.
View where your photos & videos were uploaded from
In Google Photos, you can view how you uploaded your photos and videos.
- On your computer, open photos.google.com.
- Click a photo or video.
- At the top right, click Info .
- Next to File upload , you’ll find which source uploaded your photo or video. For example, "Uploaded from Android device" or "Uploaded from Google Drive."
- File upload won’t show if we don’t know the upload source.