Back up photos & videos automatically

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 to your phone or computer and photos saved by other apps, such as 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 free of charge
    Back up an unlimited number of standard-sized photos and videos free of charge. Learn about storage.

Turn Auto-Backup on (or off)

If you turn Auto-Backup on, it means that photos and videos on that device will be backed up to your Google Account. You'll be able to see and organise these 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 and select Settings.
  3. Touch Auto-Backup.
  4. In the upper right-hand corner, change the switch to ON or OFF.
Computer

You can back up photos from your computer using the Google+ Auto-Backup for desktop application.

If you have a Chromebook, use the Google+ Photos App for Chromebooks.

iOS app

Turn Auto-Backup on

  1. Open the Google+ app Google+ icon and touch the Menu icon .
  2. Touch the Gear icon   at the top right > Camera and Photos.
  3. Touch Auto-Backup.
  4. Switch the Auto-Backup setting on.
If you tried to turn Auto-Backup on and saw this:

That means you need to allow the Google+ app to access your photos:

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

Photos not being backed up?

If you notice that your photos aren't being backed up to Google+, try opening the Google+ app Google+ icon and going to the Photos section. If you have Auto-Backup turned on, your photos and videos should start being backed up.

Turn Auto-Backup off

  1. Open the Google+ app Google+ icon and touch the Menu icon .
  2. Touch the Gear icon   at the top right > Camera and Photos.
  3. Touch Auto-Backup.
  4. Switch the Auto-Backup setting off.
    Note: If you've turned Auto-Backup on in other apps, like Google Drive, you'll need to switch it off in every app. For example, if you've turned Auto-Backup on in both the Google+ and the Google Drive apps, you'll need to turn it off in both apps to turn Auto-Backup off completely.

More about Auto-Backup

How much does this cost?

Full size or standard size

  • You can back up an unlimited number of standard-sized photos and videos free of charge. 
  • Auto-Backup is set to back up at full size by default. If you have your backup 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 backup setting size
  • Standard size: photos are 2,048 px or less on the longest edge, and videos are less than 15 minutes long and have 1,080 p resolution or less.
  • Full-sized photos can be no larger than 100 MB.

What counts against your free Google Drive storage quota?

  • If you have your backup 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 2,048 px on the longest edge and videos longer than 15 minutes or saved at a resolution higher than 1,080 p.
  • If you have your backup 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 that you've downloaded, screenshots that you've taken or photos saved by other apps.

Turn Auto-Backup on or off for individual folders

  1. Open the Photos app Photos icon.
  2. Touch the Menu icon  at the top left and then On Device.
  3. To the right of each folder title, touch the Cloud icon to turn Auto-Backup on or off for that folder:
Auto-Backup is on for that folder
Auto-Backup is off for that folder