Back up us­ing Google Photos

Get un­lim­ited free cloud photo stor­age even for Ap­ple’s apps

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Get un­lim­ited free cloud photo stor­age even for Ap­ple’s apps


Any­one can do it


20 min­utes


OS X 10.10 or higher, a Google ac­count, iPhoto or Photos, an iOS 8 de­vice


Google has al­ways been more gen­er­ous with its free cloud stor­age than al­most any other tech com­pany – in­clud­ing Ap­ple, which charges you for ex­tra iCloud stor­age. Google re­cently made its cloud photo stor­age es­sen­tially un­lim­ited for high­qual­ity ver­sions of your pic­tures (up to 16 megapix­els). Im­ages above that qual­ity count against your free stor­age limit, but that won’t ap­ply to most peo­ple – and cer­tainly doesn’t to iPhone pho­tog­ra­phers. How­ever, Ap­ple hasn’t added an op­tion to upload from its Photos app to Google Photos – at least not as easily as you can to iCloud.

The good news is that you can store your photos in Ap­ple‘s app and upload them au­to­mat­i­cally to Google Photos, and the same goes for the Cam­era Roll on your iOS de­vice. So even if you have thou­sands of pic­tures, you don’t have to worry about run­ning out of iCloud stor­age, which you might need more ur­gently for doc­u­ments, back­ups and email. Once in Google’s cloud stor­age, pic­tures can be searched, or­gan­ised and shared from across your dif­fer­ent de­vices.

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