Change how & when Auto Backup photos & videos are uploaded

Android

After you've turned Auto Backup on, you can manage how and when photos and videos from your device are uploaded. You can see the status of the your Auto Backup uploads by opening the  Photos app > Camera

  1. Open the  Photos app.
  2. Touch the  menu icon/button > Settings > Auto Backup.
  3. From this screen, you can change these settings (touch heading to expand):
Photo size

Full size is the default setting. This setting uploads your photos and videos with their original image resolutions (up to 100 MB for photos or 1080p for videos) and counts against your Google Drive storage quota, which is shown under Full size when you touch this setting. If you start approaching the free storage limit, you'll see a Google+ notification. If you run out of storage we'll automatically switch to storing photos at standard size.

Standard size photos are great for sharing on the web. If you choose this setting, your photos will be resized so that the longest edge of the photo does not exceed 2048 pixels. You can store an unlimited number of standard size photos on Google+.

Back up photos

Over Wi-Fi or mobile network uploads photos when your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network or your mobile network. Note: Uploading over your mobile network will use your data connection and charges from your service provider may apply. If you're on a Wi-Fi only device, Auto Backup will upload via Wi-Fi only.

Over Wi-Fi only uploads photos when your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Back up videos

Over Wi-Fi or mobile network uploads videos when your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network or your mobile network. Note: Uploading over your mobile network will use your data connection and charges from your service provider may apply. If you're on a Wi-Fi only device, Auto Backup will upload via Wi-Fi only.

Over Wi-Fi only uploads videos when your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network. Very large videos will upload over Wi-Fi only.

Roaming

Enabling Roaming allows photos and videos to upload while you're roaming on a mobile data network. Note: Uploading over your mobile network will use your data connection and charges from your service provider may apply. If you're on a Wi-Fi only device, Auto Backup will upload via Wi-Fi only.

While charging only

If you choose While charging only, photos and videos will be uploaded only when your device is connected to an external power source. Choosing this setting can help you manage your device's battery life when using Auto Backup.

Back up all

When you touch Back up all, photos and videos on your device will be backed up to Google+ (if your settings preferences above are met). If your settings preferences are not met at the time you touch Back up all, the photos and videos will remain in the backup queue until your settings preferences are met. For example, if you have your Auto Backup set to only backup when your device is charging and you select Back up all, your photos and videos will begin backing up only when your device is being charged.

When you sign out of the Google+ app, your backup queue is not saved. Any photos and videos that have not been backed up will only backup once you sign into the Google+ app and touch Back up all again.

Desktop

Photo size

After you've turned Auto Backup on, you can choose to automatically back up your photos and videos upload at full or standard size:

  1. Open Google+. Place your cursor in the top left corner for the Google+ main menu. Click  Settings.
  2. Scroll to the Photos and Videos section and check or uncheck the box next to 'Upload my photos at full size'.

Choose Full size to upload your photos and videos with their original image resolutions (up to 100 MB for photos or 1080p for videos). This will count against your Google Drive storage quota, which is shown directly beneath this setting. If you start approaching the free storage limit, you'll see a Google+ notification. If you run out of storage we'll automatically switch to storing your photos and videos at standard size.

Standard size photos and videos are great for sharing on the web and you can store an unlimited number of standard size photos on Google+. Photos will be resized so that the longest edge of the photo does not exceed 2048 pixels.

Mobile web

This setting isn't currently available using the mobile web browser.

iOS

After you've turned Auto Backup on, you can manage how and when photos and videos from your device are uploaded.

  1. Open the Google+ app. 
  2. Touch the  menu icon >  gear icon > Camera and Photos > Auto Backup

From this screen, you can change these settings (touch heading to expand):

Full Size Backups

Toggle the setting to ON to choose Full size backups, which is the default setting. This setting uploads your photos and videos with their original image resolutions (up to 100 MB for photos or 1080p for videos) and counts against your Google Drive storage quota. If you start approaching the free storage limit, you'll see a Google+ notification. If you run out of storage we'll automatically switch to storing photos at standard size.

Toggle the setting to OFF to back up photos and videos in Standard size, which can be great for sharing on the web. If you choose this setting, your photos will be resized so that the longest edge of the photo does not exceed 2048 pixels. You can store an unlimited number of standard size photos on Google+.

When to back up photos

Over Wi-Fi or mobile network sets Auto Backup to only upload photos when your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network or your mobile network. Note: Uploading over your mobile network will use your data connection and charges from your service provider may apply. If you're on a Wi-Fi only device, Auto Backup will upload via Wi-Fi only.

Over Wi-Fi only sets Auto Backup to only upload photos when your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

When to back up videos

Over Wi-Fi or mobile network sets Auto Backup to only upload videos when your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network or your mobile network. Very large videos will upload over Wi-Fi only. Note: Uploading over your mobile network will use your data connection and charges from your service provider may apply. If you're on a Wi-Fi only device, Auto Backup will upload via Wi-Fi only.

Over Wi-Fi only sets Auto Backup to only upload videos when your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Back up all photos and videos

When you touch Back up all, photos and videos on your device will be backed up to Google+ (if your settings preferences above are met). If your settings preferences are not met at the time you touch Back up all, the photos and videos will remain in the backup queue until your settings preferences are met. For example, if you have your Auto Backup set to only backup when your device is charging and you select Back up all, your photos and videos will begin backing up only when your device is being charged.

When you sign out of the Google+ app, your backup queue is not saved. Any photos and videos that have not been backed up will only backup once you sign into the Google+ app and touch Back up all again.