How to Upload Photos and Videos to Google Photos App

Introduction

Just about everyone brings their smartphone or tablet with them wherever they go. A lot of us take photos or videos with our smartphone or tablet. All of us want to keep those photos and videos safe. They're memories, after all.
Photos and videos take up a great deal of storage space on our devices but you can transfer them to your Google account for free using the Google Photos app. Google Photos works on both Android and iOS devices.
This guide will take you through how to use Google Photos to transfer your photos and videos to keep them safe.
Before You Begin:
  • Your device must be logged into your Google Account.
You must have the Google Photos App installed.
The Android robot

To continue, we need to know what Operating System your smartphone or tablet has.

There are 2 main Operating Systems for smartphones currently available, Android and iOS.

Android Smartphone
Android smartphones are produced by multiple companies, such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC, and OnePlus. Example Android home screen.
iOS Smartphone
Apple is the only company that makes iOS smartphones. Example iOS home screen.

? Are you using Google Photos with an iOS or Android device?

  1. I am using an Android
  2. I am using an iPhone or iPad

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Just about everyone brings their smartphone or tablet with them wherever they go. A lot of us take photos or videos with our smartphone or tablet. All of us want to keep those photos and videos safe. They're memories, after all.
Photos and videos take up a great deal of storage space on our devices but you can transfer them to your Google account for free using the Google Photos app. Google Photos works on both Android and iOS devices.
This guide will take you through how to use Google Photos to transfer your photos and videos to keep them safe.
Before You Begin:
  • Your device must be logged into your Google Account.
You must have the Google Photos App installed.
The Android robot

To continue, we need to know what Operating System your smartphone or tablet has.

There are 2 main Operating Systems for smartphones currently available, Android and iOS.

Android Smartphone
Android smartphones are produced by multiple companies, such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC, and OnePlus. Example Android home screen.
iOS Smartphone
Apple is the only company that makes iOS smartphones. Example iOS home screen.

Enabling the automatic back up of Google Photos will upload all of your photos and videos from your Android device. As soon as you take a new photo or video, it will be uploaded.

  1. Open the Google Photos app on your phone or tablet.
    Google Photos icon

    You may be prompted to log into your Google account upon launching the app.

  2. Tap the Menu bars.
    Google Photos menu
  3. Select Settings.
    Google Photos menu showing Settings selected
  4. Select Back up & sync.
    Back up and sync selection
  5. Switch Back up & sync to On.
    Turning backup and sync on in Google Photos
  6. We recommend that your Upload Size be set to High quality, as Google provides unlimited storage for photos using this setting.
    Upload size selected
  7. Google Photos will automatically begin backing up the photos and videos on your device. The amount of time a back up will take is entirely dependent upon how many photos and videos you have stored on your device. It may take hours to fully complete the first back up. Luckily, your Android device can still be used normally while the back up process is being performed.

Enabling the automatic back up of Google Photos will upload all of your photos and videos from your iOS device. As soon as you take a new photo or video, it will be uploaded.

  1. Open the Google Photos app on your phone or tablet.
    Google Photos icon

    You may be prompted to log into your Google account upon launching the app.

  2. Tap the Menu bars.
    The iOS menu bars
  3. Select Settings.
    Google Photos menu showing Settings selected
  4. Select Back up & sync.
    Back up and sync menu selection
  5. Switch Back up & sync to On.
    Switching backup and sync to on
  6. We recommend that your Upload Size be set to High quality, as Google provides unlimited storage for photos using this setting.
    Selecting High Quality upload size
  7. Google Photos will automatically begin backing up the photos and videos on your device. The amount of time a back up will take is entirely dependent upon how many photos and videos you have stored on your device. It may take hours to fully complete the first back up. Luckily, your Android device can still be used normally while the back up process is being performed.
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