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Google Photos Guide: Sync Photos, Backup Photos, Turn Off Backup and Add Folders to Sync

Google Photos has been one of the most popular methods of backing up photographs. These days with increasing camera capabilities and limited storage space backing up photos has become an important business for Smartphone users. This backup service ensures that the photos you click from your phone will be stored to your Google Photos library. Even the ones that you click in the future will be backed up. Moreover, once you make any changes in your photos, like editing or deleting, this change will be reflected in all the synced devices.

Google Photos Backup Photos, Turn Off Backup, Add Folders to Google Photos

Not only the photos you capture, you can also backup the other images which you receive via Bluetooth, WhatsApp, and other means, but by default it is just the camera pictures that are backed up to the Google Photos App. Using an android phone and still clueless as to how to backup photos on your android phone to Google Photos? Say no more! We are here to help you out.

How To Backup/Sync Your Photos on Google Photos?

Google Photos is not just a platform where you can backup your photo’s but it also allows you to access your photos from any smartphone, and PC, if you have logged into your Google Account. Without wasting a minute more, we’ll backup your photos on Google Photos.

Steps to Sync your Photos to Google Photos
  • Open Google Photos App on your Android Device.
  • Go to the Google Photos App Settings > Enable Backup & Sync.

IMG-20160605-WA0005The above steps will enable backing up your photos to Google Photos, However, uploading photos can use a lot of data. These days there are very fewer images which are less than 1 MB, so say if you’ve captured a 200 Pictures and enabled backup, backing up those images would consume almost 200 MB data which you can’t afford spending while you are on Mobile Data.

So Google has also added a Change Settings feature under Backup and Sync inside Google Photo App Settings. You can go to settings and can enable “Upload Photos on WiFi only”.

One thing about the Google Photo’s app is, even if you uninstall this app then, the backup and sync process won’t stop. This can be a pro as well as a con of this app, but this has been a beneficial to me, because, even after uninstalling this app I was able to backup the photos which I captured after uninstalling this App (After that I lost access to my phone and got back all the photos).

But if you are someone who does not have a good speed internet connection and backing up a photo also takes a lot of time and you want to turn off the Google Photos Backup then you can follow the steps listed below:

  • Open Google Photos App > Settings
  • Turn off Backup & Sync by disabling it from there.
How to Check What is Getting Backed and Synced on Google Photos App?

IMG-20160605-WA0003A lot of times we just backup and forget about things we’ve backed up, so to avoid this problem, you can just follow the below-listed steps to check what are the folders that are getting backed and synced on Google Photos App.

  • Open the Google Photos app.
  • Tap on the menu icon on the top left the corner.
  • Select DEVICE FOLDER.
  • The  unnamedicon will be shown in the photos that have not been backed up.
How to Add Folders to Google Photos – Steps to Add Device Folders to Backup & Sync.IMG-20160605-WA0004

By default when we enable the backup and sync service on Google Photo’s, we only select a
single folder or the camera folder.

Even after knowing that this service is built by Google, a lot of people don’t trust the feature and wants to experience a trial before synchronizing all the folders. If you are someone who has added only a single folder and wants to add more folders then follow the below steps.

  • Open the Google Photos app.
  • On the Top Left Corner tap on the menu icon.
  • Click on Device Folders, it will take you to the list of folders which are synced.
  • Now, click on the unnamedicon to backup that folder to Google Photos.

We end the Google Photos Basics Guide here, in case you have any other queries or problems regarding Google Photos, you can comment down your query below this article so that we can get a tutorial written to solve your problem. You can also contact us, in case any of the steps which are listed above doesn’t work.

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