Back up photos from a mobile device

Automatically get your photos and videos backed up to your Google Account. This can include photos you take with your device's camera, photos you download onto your phone or computer, and photos saved by other apps, like WhatsApp and Hangouts.

  • Private
    Your photos and videos are private unless you decide to share them.

  • Accessible anywhere
    Look at and share photos across all your devices by going to Google+ or opening the Google+ app.

  • Stored for free
    Back up an unlimited number of standard size photos and videos for free. Learn about storage

Turn Auto Backup on (or off)

If you turn Auto Backup on, that means photos and videos on that device will be backed up to your Google Account. You'll be able to see and organize those photos and videos using apps like Google+ and Google Drive.

Android app
  1. Open the Photos app Photos icon.
  2. Touch the menu button or icon menu.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Touch Auto Backup.
  5. In the upper right corner, change the switch to ON or OFF.
iOS app

Turn Auto Backup on

  1. Open the Google+ app Google+ icon.
  2. Touch the menu icon .
  3. At the top right, touch the gear icon .
  4. Touch Camera and Photos.
  5. Touch Auto Backup.
  6. Switch the Auto Backup setting on.

If you tried to turn Auto Backup on and saw a message asking you to allow Google+ to access your photos and videos:

  1. Open your device's settings > touch Privacy > Photos.
  2. Switch Google+ on.

Photos not backing up?

Try opening the Google+ app and going to the Photos section. If you have Auto Backup turned on, your photos and videos should start backing up.

Turn Auto Backup off

  1. Open the Google+ app Google+ icon.
  2. Touch the menu icon .
  3. At the top right, touch the gear icon .
  4. Touch Camera and Photos.
  5. Touch Auto Backup.
  6. Switch the Auto Backup setting off.
    Note: If you turned Auto Backup on in other apps, like Google Drive, you'll need to switch it off in every app. For example, if you turned Auto Backup on in both the Google+ and the Google Drive apps, you'll need to turn it off in both apps to fully turn off Auto Backup.

More about Auto Backup

How much does this cost?

The cost of Auto Backup depends on your settings. If you set your photos and videos to back up at standard size, it's free.

Full size or standard size

  • You can back up an unlimited number of standard size photos and videos for free.
  • Auto Backup is set to back up at full size by default. If you have your back up setting set to full size and you run out of storage, we'll automatically switch to backing up at standard size. How to change your back up setting size
  • Standard size: photos are 2048px or less on the longest edge and videos are less than 15 minutes long and have 1080p resolution or less.
  • Full size photos can be no larger than 100 MB.

What counts against your free Google Drive storage quota?

  • If you have your back up setting set to full size, which is the default setting, then items larger than this size will count against your free storage quota: photos that are 2048px on the longest edge and videos longer than 15 minutes or saved at a resolution higher than 1080p.
  • If you have your back up setting set to full size and you run out of storage, we'll automatically switch to backing up at standard size.

Check my Google Drive storage

Back up photos from other apps (Android only)

You can automatically back up your Android device's photo and video folders, including photos you've downloaded, screenshots you've taken, or photos saved by other apps.

Turn on or off for individual folders

  1. Open the Photos app Photos icon.
  2. At the top left, touch the menu icon .
  3. Touch On Device.
  4. To the right of each folder title, touch the cloud icon to turn Auto Backup on or off for that folder.

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