How to Auto Backup Photos on Android Smartphone

There are many options available for Android users, and we’ll mention a few, but the biggest one is Google’s own option. The Google plus mobile app automatically backs up your photos through a feature called Google plus Auto Backup, or Instant Upload, if enabled. This feature is available in Google plus Android smartphone apps. It saves a copy of your photos privately on Google’s cloud services, available only to you, whenever you want to access them.


These photos are all saved privately, and no one but you has access. Secondly, most Android users have a Google plus account for using YouTube or leaving comments on the Play Store, so no setup or signup is required.

Google plus Auto Backup for Photos & Video

Most smartphones already come with Google plus preinstalled (Google’s social network) so all you need to do is sign in and head to settings. Start by finding the red Google plus icon in your app tray, and opening Google plus. From here you’ll tap menu and settings, or the 3-dot settings button and right up top you’ll see Auto Backup, select that.

Enable Auto Backup for the Gmail account you’d like to use by simply switching the feature on with the blue on/off switch at the top, and then scroll down to “Backup settings” which is important for smartphone users. Here you can select whether it backs up all photos, as you take them, even while on mobile data. For those on a shared family plan or small data plans with a carrier, you’ll only want to backup photos and video over Wi-Fi.

Google defaults to only backup when a Wi-Fi connection is available, as that’s usually faster, and you won’t incur data charges from your mobile carrier. It’s also a good idea to leave the roaming option unchecked, and for those concerned about battery life you can opt to only backup while you’re phone is charging to preserve battery life.

That’s it, you’re done! Now head back to the main Google plus launch page and swipe to the left screen and tap photos, which will take you to a gallery of your camera roll, as well as a highlight of all backed up photos. It may take a while, especially if you’re like my mother with 8,000 photos, so give it some time.

You can access these from any smartphone or tablet with the Google+ app, as well as on the web with any browser by heading into Google+ from the menu bar at the top of any Google page inside Chrome, Firefox, and more.

Alternatively you can delete, share, or download these photos whenever you’d like, so it’s quite nice. Then of course users can opt for a very similar service using Dropbox, but they only give users 5GB of free storage vs 1,000 from Google. offers photo backup, Amazon Cloud services, Microsoft Skydrive and even Flickr offer similar options. All which can be enabled with nearly the same steps in settings, and enable photo backup.

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For those on Android, Google plus Auto Backup is the easiest, simplest, and fastest solution without lifting a finger. Not to mention it comes at no cost to you, the user.

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