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How to use Google Photos to back up your photos and videos

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Whether you’re a pro photographer or just enjoy snapping photos with your phone, Google Photos is a must. It’s one of the best services Google currently offers and is a great way to save your pictures and videos in the cloud, access them from all of your devices, and keep them with high-quality backups. If you need some help getting started with Google Photos, you’ve come to the right place.

Products used in this guide

  • Cloud storage done right: Google Photos (Free at Google Play Store)
  • Best camera: Google Pixel 4 (From $624 at Amazon)

How to set up Google Photos

If you’re just opening Google Photos on your phone for the first time, this is the initial setup process you’ll go through.

Open Google Photos.
Sign in to your Google account.
Choose Desired quality settings.

Wait for your photos to sync.

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How to choose device folders

After getting logged into Google Photos, it’s time to choose which folders on your phone you wanted backed up to the service. Here’s how to do it.

Open Google Photos.
Tap the overflow icon (the one with three lines at the upper-left of your screen).
Tap Settings.

Tap Back up & sync.

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Tap Back up device folders.

Toggle the folders you want to be backed up.

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How to change image quality

Last but certainly not least, it’s important to choose the quality of image backups you want for Google Photos. You can save an unlimited number of pictures if you save them in “high quality” mode which is a lower resolution than what they were originally captured in but still look great. Alternatively, you can choose to save the original full resolution images. Doing this will count those backups towards your available Google Drive storage.

Open Google Photos.
Tap the overflow icon (the one with three lines at the upper-left of your screen).
Tap Settings.

Tap Back up & sync.

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Tap Upload Size.

Tap the image quality you want.

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There you have it. With those few things out of the way, you’re now ready to start using Google Photos like a champ!

Our top equipment picks

Cloud storage done right

Google Photos

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Free at Google Play Store

The best way to view and manage your digital photos

Google Photos is the premier place to store all of your digital memories. It’s 100% free to use, has an easy-to-use mobile app and desktop site, and comes with powerful features like photo editing, album organization, physical print orders, and so much more.

Best camera

Google Pixel 4

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From $624 at Amazon

The best phone for Google Photos

Want a smartphone that’s great for taking pictures? The Pixel 4 is for you. Equipped with a 12MP primary camera and 16MP telephoto camera, the Pixel 4 captures some of the best photos we’ve ever seen from a phone. You also get a smooth 90Hz AMOLED display, a sleek matte glass design, and pure Android 10 that’s guarnateed to see updates through October 2022.

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