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7/31/15
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clairetechcm

Google Photos: back up & sync 101

Hi there!


Thank you for coming to our Google Photos Help forum!


Google Photos graduated from Google+ and you might have questions on auto backup. To explain how this feature works in the new Google Photos product, please note that the new setting is called back up & sync.


Sync simply means your photo library stays consistent across all devices that are signed into your account with Google Photos. For example, deleting a photo from one device will delete it from all of your other synced devices. When you edit a photo on Android, it will make a copy of the photo, but editing on iOS will edit the original.


To recap, you have the power!

You can choose to back up your photos at any time.

  • Click on the three horizontal lines in the top left corner of the app

  • Settings

  • Back up & sync settings

  • Turn it on/off


Your backed up photos are private unless you choose to share them. To share them:

  • Select a photo, collection, etc

  • Click the share icon

  • Choose how you would like to share

  • You can also click on the 3 horizontal lines in the top left corner of the app

    • Click on Shared Links to review all of the things you’ve shared

    • From there, you can click on the 3 dots menu next to a shared item and click Delete link to stop sharing it

    • Please note that you cannot un-share photos that have been downloaded by someone who previously could see photos you shared, or photos shared via another app such as Facebook.

Share your Google Photos library by sharing your Google Photos folder in Drive

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Amal Sk
9/13/16
Amal Sk
Thanks a lot for the detailed info, Claire.
daniels012
8/11/15
daniels012
Very good information that need to be a pinned post
Michael D
Google user
8/18/15
Google user
Whats best practise for this:
Have photos backed up using old G+photos sync (free version).
Want to update all backed up photos using the new free sync (High resolution) because the resolution cap is higher now.
Kirill
8/19/15
Kirill
Hello,

I have got new phone and would like to retrieve all my old my photos from google+ or drive or whatever to my new phone...
How can I do it?

and how to put them automatically into correct original folders?

Kind regards,
Kirill
Google user
8/20/15
Google user
Sorry, but "Back up and sync settings" is not on the menu.
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Ben, CM
11/5/16
Ben, CM
Hi there!

I'm Ben, the Google Photos Community Manager. Thanks for visiting the Google Photos Help Forum. Since this original post by Claire is over 1 year old, I wanted to provide some updates on 'back up and sync'.

What is back up & sync?
  • A backup service:
    • Your device's photos and videos will save to your Google Photos library, including ones you capture in the future.
  • Privately stored:
    • Photos and video backed up from your device are private unless you decide to share them.
  • Syncing:
    • Changes you make to photos and videos, like deleting or editing, will be reflected across all of your synced devices.
Turning on and turning off back up and sync on an iOS device
  1. Open the Google Photos app on your mobile device .
  2. At the top left, tap Menu .
  3. Select Settings > Back up & sync.
  4. At the top, switch it on or off.
Things to keep in mind about this setting:
  1. Changing backup settings will affect all apps that use Back up & sync, such as Google Drive.
  2. 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.
Turning on and turning off back up and sync on an iOS device
  1. Open the Google Photos app .
  2. At the top left, tap Menu .
  3. Select Settings Back up & sync.
  4. Switch on or off.
If you see a message asking to allow the app to access your photos:
  1. Open the iOS settings app > tap Privacy > Photos.
  2. Switch Google Photos on.
Have other questions about Google Photos?
If you have any other questions about Google Photos, please feel free to open up a new thread in this Forum, and one of our Expert users will be happy to help you.

Cheers,
Ben
 
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