Google Photos is an online photo storage service open to any Google account holder. This guide explains how to use this free service to back up your photos and videos and take advantage of the wide array of features offered through the platform.
What is Google Photos?
Google Photos is a free online service that allows Google account holders up to 15 GB of free storage space. The platform provides a wide range of additional features in addition to storage, including the ability to edit photos using adjustment features and filters, create slideshows, and organize files into photo albums.
Back Up Photos from Your Computer to Google
To upload photos from your computer, click Photos and sign in with your Google Account. Click Upload Photos and browse for the photos that you'd like to upload:
You can also set up Google Photos to automatically backup photos from your computer. Simply open Google Photos, and choose your backup sources:
Back Up Photos from a Mobile Device to Google
The Google Photos app is available for download for iOS users through the App Store and for Android users through the Google Play Store.
Installing the application using the default settings should automatically enable the Backup & Sync option needed to save files to Google Photos. This option can be accessed by going to Settings > Backup & Sync.
N.B. Google Photos is also available as a standalone app for Windows and Mac. Download and install Google Photos Auto Backup here.