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Back up photos & videos

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

What is back up & sync?

  • A backup service: Your photos and videos will be saved to your Google Photos library.
  • Privately stored: Photos and videos backed up from your device are private unless you share them.
  • Syncing: Any changes that 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 back up & sync on or off

Before you start, make sure that you're signed in. 
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app .
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. At the top, tap Menu Menu.
  4. Select Settings and then Back up & sync.
  5. Tap 'Back up & sync' on or off.

Things to bear in mind about this setting:

  • Changing backup settings will affect all apps that use Back up & sync, such as Google Drive.
  • If you have Back up & sync on, deleting the Google Photos app from your device will not turn it off. To turn off Back up & sync, follow the instructions above.

Change your backup 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 device folders: Tap Back up device folders and select the folders that you want to back up.
  • Back up on mobile data: If you don’t want to wait for Wi-Fi to back up your photos, under 'Mobile data backup,' tap Photos or Videos. Service provider charges may apply if you upload using your mobile network.
  • Back up while roaming: Under 'When to back up,' tap Roaming.

Checking if your photos have been backed up.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app .
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. Tap Photos .
  4. At the top, you'll see if your photos are backed up or if they're still waiting to back up. 

Costs to back up

If your upload size is set to High quality, you receive 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 receive 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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