How to Backup iPhone Photos with Google Photos


Apple devices come with iCloud which is the default cloud storage platform on iOS devices. iCloud offers only 5GB of complimentary free space for iOS users to back up messages, photos, videos etc.

To store more data on the iOS device, you have to subscribe to iCloud’s plans. If you don’t want to spend your money on iCloud, then there’s a free alternative for you and i.e. Google Photos.

Thankfully, Google offers unlimited photos storage space with normal size and it works well on both, Android and iOS mobile platforms. If your iOS device is continuously showing your not enough space on your device message and if you want to get rid of this data storage notification, you can simply try out the Google Photos for the same. Let’s see how to use Google Photos to take a backup of the iOS device.

What is Google Photos? 

Google Photos is a free-to-use app offered by Google for all Gmail account holders. If you have a Gmail account, then you will automatically get 15GB of free space on your device which you can use to store photos, emails, videos, documents and much more.

Google Photos also store unlimited photos and videos with compressed size. So if you don’t want to get the original photos stored, then you can go with the free Photos app which offers unlimited storage option.

Google Photos can backup Photos from your iPhone’s Camera Roll. It will backup any type of Photos, Videos, GIFs including Live Photos from your iOS device.

Hidden Photos and Recently Deleted Photos will not be backed up on Google Photos app. If you want to get all the Hidden Photos backed up, then first you need to make them unhide. Fortunately, Google Photos works automatically and it keeps on taking a backup of your phone’s data without any manual settings.

How to use Google Photos on an iOS device? 

Step 1: 

The first thing you need to do is downloading the Google Photos app. Go to the App Store’s page and search for Google Photos app. Click the Get button and install the app from there.

If you already have the app installed, you can get it updated from the official page.

Step 2: 

Once the app is installed on your system, click the icon to launch it. You have to give your permission to let Google Photos access your device’s, Camera Roll. Click Ok button to continue.

Step 3:

If you have installed a fresh Google Photos app, then you will be guided with everything with proper instructions. The front page will show you the options about how you would like to take back up.

Make sure you turn on the Toggle button of Back up and Sync. This will take regular backup of your iOS device and keeps the things synced.

Underneath the same option, you will also see a few extra options asking you the quality of images and videos on the backup storage. You can tick mark the useful options or can remove the tickmarks as per your needs.

Step 4:

After this, you will be asked to sign in to your Gmail account. You have to add your Gmail account’s credentials here to finish the setup.

Step 5: 

Once everything is set and done, you will see that the Google Photos app has already started the backup process. You will see the progress of it and will also see how many items are remaining in real-time.

Step 6: 

Thankfully, there will be an option to Free up space from your iOS device. You can free up all the space from your iOS device of the photos and videos backed up by Google Photos.

If you are seeing Not Enough Space message on your iOS device, then you should clean up the photos and videos from the Camera Roll of your device to free up some space. You don’t need to worry about the photos and videos as Google Photos has already taken the backup.

Additionally, Google Photos is a fully customizable app. You can turn off the Automatic Back up option from the app. You can also take back up of the selected items only from the Camera Roll of your iOs device.

Note: Google Photos offers unlimited storage space for the compressed Photos and Videos on your device. If you don’t want to compromise with the quality of your Photos and Videos, then you can store up to 15GB of data on your device for free.

You can also get extra space from Google to store original quality of photos and videos. Here we have listed down the premium plans of Google Photos or Google Drive. If you want to purchase extra storage space, you can get it from Google.

  • 100 GB for $1.99/month
  • 200 GB for $2.99/month
  • 2 TB for $9.99/month
  • 10 TB for $99.99/month
  • 20 TB for $199.99/month
  • 30 TB for $299.99/month

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