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 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 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

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 you 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.

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 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 mobile data to back up photos or Use mobile data to back up videos. Service provider charges may apply if you upload using your mobile network.

Checking if your photos have been backed up.

  1. Open the Google Photos app .
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. Tap Photos 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.

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