Back up photos & videos

You can automatically save your photos and videos to your Google Account when you turn on backup. You can access your saved photos and videos from any device you’re signed into, but only you can find them unless you choose to share them. You can back up photos and videos to only one Google Account at a time. Learn what happens when you back up your photos.

Before you get started

What you need to back up photos & videos

Important: Your Google Account storage is shared across multiple products like Google Photos, Google Drive, and Gmail. If you've used all of your storage, you can either buy more storage or clean up your storage space.

  • Good internet connection.
  • File sizes that can be backed up:
    • Photos up to 200 MB or 200 MP.
    • Videos up to 10 GB.
    • Items must be larger than 256 x 256.
  • File types that can be backed up:
    • Photos: .jpg, .heic, .png, .webp, .gif, .avif, and most RAW files.
    • Live photos: When 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.

If you try to back up a file type not listed here, it may not work with Google Photos.

Types of RAW files you can back up
Canon
EOS-1D X Mark III, EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS-1D X, EOS-1Ds Mark III, EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS-1D Mark III, EOS-1D Mark II, EOS-1D C, EOS-1D Mark II N, EOS 5D Mark IV, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 5D, EOS 5Ds, EOS 5Ds R, EOS R5, EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 6D, EOS R6, EOS R, EOS Ra, EOS RP, EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 7D, EOS 90D, EOS 80D, EOS 70D, EOS 60D, EOS 60Da, EOS 50D, EOS 40D, EOS 30D, EOS 20D, EOS 20Da, EOS 9000D (EOS 77D), EOS 8000D (EOS REBEL T6S/EOS 760D), EOS Kiss X10i (EOS REBEL T8i/EOS 850D), EOS Kiss X9i (EOS REBEL T7i/EOS 800D), EOS Kiss X8i (EOS REBEL T6i/EOS 750D), EOS Kiss X7i (EOS REBEL T5i/EOS 700D), EOS Kiss X6i (EOS REBEL T4i/EOS 650D), EOS Kiss X10 (EOS REBEL SL3/EOS 250D/EOS 200D II), EOS Kiss X9 (EOS REBEL SL2/EOS 200D), EOS Kiss X7 (EOS REBEL SL1/EOS 100D), EOS Kiss X5 (EOS REBEL T3i/EOS 600D), EOS Kiss X4 (EOS REBEL T2i/EOS 550D), EOS Kiss X3 (EOS REBEL T1i/EOS 500D), EOS Kiss X2 (EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi/EOS 450D), EOS Kiss X90 (EOS REBEL T7/EOS 2000D/EOS 1500D), EOS Kiss X80 (EOS REBEL T6/EOS 1300D), EOS Kiss X70 (EOS REBEL T5/EOS 1200D), EOS Kiss X50 (EOS REBEL T3/EOS 1100D), EOS Kiss F (EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS/EOS 1000D), EOS Kiss Digital X (EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi/EOS 400D DIGITAL), EOS Kiss Digital N (EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT/EOS 350D DIGITAL), EOS Kiss M (EOS M50), EOS M6 Mark II, EOS M6, EOS M5, EOS M3, EOS M2, EOS M, EOS M10, EOS M200, EOS M100, PowerShot G9 X Mark II, PowerShot G9 X, PowerShot G7 X Mark III, PowerShot G7 X Mark II, PowerShot G7 X, PowerShot G5 X Mark II, PowerShot G5 X, PowerShot G3 X, PowerShot G1 X Mark III, PowerShot G1 X Mark II, PowerShot G1 X, PowerShot G16, PowerShot G15, PowerShot G12, PowerShot G11, PowerShot G10, PowerShot S120, PowerShot S110, PowerShot S100, PowerShot S95, PowerShot S90, PowerShot SX70 HS, PowerShot SX60 HS, PowerShot SX50 HS, PowerShot SX1 IS
Fuji
X100
Nikon
1AW1, 1J1, 1J2, 1J3, 1J4, 1S1, 1S2, 1V1, 1V2, 1V3, D3, D3X, D4, D4S, D40, D40X, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D200, D300, D300s, D600, D610, D700, D750, D800, D800E, D810, D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D7000, D7100, D7200, Df
Coolpix: A, P7800
Olympus
E-M1, E-M5, E-M10, E-P1, E-P2, E-P3, E-P5, E-PL3, E-PL5, E-PL7, OM-D E-M5 Mark II
Panasonic
CM1, FZ300, G70, GF1, GF3, GF5, GF7, GH3, GH4, GM1, GM5, GX1, GX8, LX5, LX7, LX100
Sony
A7, A7R, A7S, A7 Mark II, A55, A58, A65, A77, A77 Mark II, A99, A700, A3000, A5000, A5100, A6000, QX1, NEX-5, NEX-5N, NEX-5R, NEX-6, NEX-7, NEX-C3, NEX-F3, RX1, RX1R, RX10, RX10 Mark II, RX100, RX100 Mark II, RX100 Mark III, RX100 Mark IV
DNG files
Most .dng formats

Turn backup on or off

Important: It can take a while to complete a backup, depending on your internet connection, size of your uploads, and other conditions.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or Initial.
  4. Tap Photos settings Settings and then Backup.
  5. Turn Backup on or off.

Tip: Learn more about the benefits of backup.

Check if backup is complete

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or Initial.
  4. The progress of your backup is measured by how many items remain to upload.
    • When your items finish backing up, your status reads "Backup complete."
    • If your backup status is off, your status reads "Backup is off."

the steps to check up backup status

Tip: Learn how to fix backup issues.

Manually back up photos & videos

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. Select with a long press the photos or videos you want to back up.
  4. At the bottom, select Back up .

Tip: Learn more about the benefits of backup.

Check a photo or video's backup status

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Select a photo or video.
  3. Select More More.
  4. Scroll to “Details.”
  5. If the photo is backed up, the backup status and size displays beneath Backed up Cloud done.

Change your backup settings

Back up to a different account
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or Initial.
  4. Tap Photos settings Settings and then Backup.
  5. Under "Account & Storage," tap your Profile picture or Initial.
  6. Select the Google Account you want to back up to.
Back up device folders
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or Initial.
  4. Tap Photos settings Settings and then Backup.
  5. Under "Settings," tap Back up device folders.
  6. Select the folders you want to back up.
Set daily backup limits
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. At the top right, tap your account Profile photo or Initial.
  3. Select Photos settings Settings and then Backup and then Mobile data usage.
  4. You can:
    • Choose a daily limit for how much data Google Photos can use when automatically backing up photos and videos.
    • Turn off Back up videos over data.
    • Turn off Back up while roaming.
Back up while roaming
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or Initial.
  4. Tap Photos settings Settings and then Backup and then Mobile data usage.
  5. Turn on Backup while roaming.
Back up with unrestricted data
Some mobile operators provide access to "unrestricted mobile data," which is data that doesn't count towards operator quotas or limits. This option is currently available to some users on operators like Verizon and AT&T in the US. If you use one of these operators, you may find an option that enables backup for "Wi-Fi and unrestricted mobile data."
Important: Access to unrestricted data may be limited to 5G.
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or Initial and then Photos settings Settings.
  3. Tap Backup and then Mobile data usage and then When there's no Wi-Fi.
  4. Tap Only use unrestricted mobile data, when data won't count against your data plan.
Troubleshoot issues with backup
Important: Backup might not work well if you have battery optimization turned on for the Photos app. If you have this issue, you can turn off battery optimization. 
To turn off battery optimization on some Android devices: 
  1. Open your device’s Settings app.
  2. At the top, tap Search .
  3. Search for battery optimization, battery usage, or optimize battery.
  4. Tap Battery optimization.
  5. Tap All apps and then Photos and then Don’t optimize and then Done.

Turn off battery optimization on other Android devices

  1. From the home screen, touch and hold the Photos app Photos.
  2. Tap Info Info.
  3. Under “Manage battery usage,” select Unrestricted.

Learn what happens when you back up your photos

If you have backup turned on:

  • Never lose a memory: Any photos you take from a device with backup turned on are saved to your Google Account.

If you’ve backed up your content manually or automatically:

  • Automatic sync: You can access any photos you take and any edits you make to them on any device you sign in to. If you edit and save a photo on your phone, the photo looks the same on Google Photos.
  • Fast and powerful search: You can search your photos by the people in them when you turn on face groups. You can also search by places and things in the photos. No tagging is required.
  • Automatic creations: Bring photos to life with automatically created movies, collages, animations, and panoramas.

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