Back up photos & videos

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.

Benefits

  • 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

What you need to back up photos & videos
  • 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. 

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 DIGTAL 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
All .dng files

There are 2 ways to back up your phone, camera, or storage card from your computer:

  1. Install Backup and Sync.
  2. Upload photos from your browser.

Set up the Backup and Sync computer app

  1. On your computer, download and install Backup and Sync.
  2. Sign in to the Google Account that you use for Google Photos.
  3. Select to back up only photos or videos, or all files.
  4. Select any folders you want to back up.
  5. Under “Photo & video upload size,” select your upload size.
  6. Click Start.

Notes:

  • 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 already have Backup and Sync for Drive

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: 

  1. On your computer, open Backup and Sync Backup and Sync.
  2. Click More More and then Preferences
  3. 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

  1. On your computer, open photos.google.com.
  2. At the top right, click Upload and then Computer.
  3. Find and select your photos.
  4. 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.

  1. On your computer, open photos.google.com.
  2. Click a photo or video.
  3. At the top right, click Info Info.
  4. Next to File upload 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 File upload won’t show if we don’t know the upload source.

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