When the dreaded “low storage” appears on your smartphone, it’s a race to unload all your pictures and videos. And where? And how? It’s a giant pain in the butt, and always seems to happen at the WORST possible time. But who honestly has time for a regular backup strategy for your phone? Even though I’m pretty good about uploading our pics to Shutterfly, I was HORRIBLE about videos and really bad about managing the pics that my husband takes on his iPhone. Until I discovered Google Photos.
Guys, Google Photos does all.the.things when it comes to your pictures and videos.
It will backup from iOS devices. It will backup from Android devices. It will backup from your computer. Like, when you take pictures with a REAL camera. It’s no joke! And oh yeah, it’s free if you set it to basic high quality.
I know some of you are like, I don’t want my pics on Google, I don’t want them to have my pictures, and that’s fine. But for me, I don’t want to lose my pictures and videos. They’re important to me, and since I know that I won’t regularly backup otherwise, then this is the best solution for me.
What is it?
So, for your smartphone, it’s an app. A Link to download both the apps (for iOS and Android products) and for Windows PCs is here: Google Photos Software. Once you install it, any time a picture or video is loaded onto your computer or smartphone, it will upload it to Google Photos.
Where do they go?
They go to the cloud, of course. You can access all your pictures through the app, or through their web interface.
What else can it do?
So aside from being pretty freaking amazing for backing up your pictures automatically, it also has an awesome search capability. For example, if I go into the app and search for “cake,” it pulls up every picture I have that has a cake in it. It’s not perfect, but it does pretty well with it. Also, it does face tagging, which I love. I know a lot of apps do that, but not all apps have access to all of your photos. There are also some pretty cool features that I haven’t played with much, like collages, photo animations, movie creation, and a new sharing feature that allows you to group photos and share them with someone.
One Thing to Remember – it’s not the End All, Be All
While I did say it is all the things, you always have to remember that Google can always shut down any service at any time, so continuing to backup your photos to a USB stick or external hard drive on a semi-regular basis is still a good idea– that way, if they eliminate this service, you aren’t scrambling to back up years worth of photos at once.
Do you have a photo backup plan in place?