It is important to know how to upload photos to Google Photos, especially if you take a lot of photos on your phone. After all, you don’t want to lose all your precious pictures if your device is lost, stolen, or broken.
The Google Photos app should back up all your photos and videos automatically, but it doesn’t always happen. Maybe your phone is set to upload content only when connected to Wi-Fi, or the app isn’t syncing the correct folders.
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Fortunately, it is very easy to upload Google Photos manually, both on your mobile device and on your desktop computer. You can also ensure that the service automatically backs up your photos and videos in the future and in the quality of your choice.
In this guide, we will explain the easiest ways to upload to Google Photos wherever you are.
How to upload photos to Google: from your phone
As long as you have the “Backup and sync” option turned on, the Google Photos app on your Android or iOS phone or tablet should automatically upload your photos and videos to the cloud. But you can also upload them manually. That’s how.
1. Open the Google Photos app. on your phone or tablet and select a photo or video you want to upload.
Tap the cloud icon in the upper right corner of the app. You should see a message at the bottom of the screen that says “Going up”.
2. If you don’t see the cloud icon, tap the three line button in the upper right corner of the app. Choose “Backup Now” to upload the photo or video to Google Photos.
3. To make sure your photos and videos upload to Google Photos automatically, tap your profile picture in the upper right corner of the app and select “Photo Settings”.
Activate “Backup and Synchronization” if it is off. If you are concerned about exceeding your monthly data usage limit, tap “Mobile data usage” at the bottom of the screen and set a daily limit for backups, from 5 MB to unlimited.
4. Google Photos automatically load the contents of your Camera folder, but you can also backup other folders. Tap “Back up device folders” and choose which folders you want to sync., such as screenshots and images from WhatsApp.
5. To set Google Photos to only upload your photos and videos when connected to Wi-Fi, uncheck “Backup & Sync”, then go back to your account screen and tap “Enable Backup”.
6. Uncheck the “Back up mobile data when Wi-Fi is off” option.
To improve the quality of your loads, Change the default value of “Storage Saver” (which lowers your quality but uses less than your storage limit) to “Original Quality”. Touch Confirm to save these changes.
How to upload photos to Google: from your desktop
You can upload individual photos and videos, or entire batches of them, to Google Photos from your desktop. These are the easiest ways to do it through your web browser and by using “Backup and Sync.”
1. Visit the Google Photos website in your browser. Click the Upload button in the upper right corner of the Photos page and choose computer.
When the Open box opens, select the photo or video you want to upload and click Open. To upload multiple files, hold down the Ctrl key while clicking on them, or select them with the mouse.
2. Alternatively, you can simply drag and drop photos and videos from your desktop to Google Photos in your browser. You will see a pop-up window confirming that items have been uploaded in the lower left corner of the window.
To add photos and videos to a specific album, you can select an album when uploading them, or click on Albums and select an album there. Click the “Add Photos” button. in the upper right corner and choose “Select from computer”.
3. You also can import photos and videos from Google Drive choosing that option from the Upload menu. This will open a Google Drive window where you can select files to upload to Google Photos.
4. To avoid having to upload photos and videos to Google Drive manually, select “Download backup and sync” in the menu Upload and download the free app on your PC or Mac.
5. Once downloaded, install and open the “Backup and Synchronization” application. Click “Get Started”, then choose “Login with your browser”.
Click Allow to grant the application access to your Google account.
6. Back in the “Backup and Sync” app, select “Back up photos and videos”, then click Next. Choose the folders on your computer you want to automatically backup and sync with Google Photos.
Specify whether you want to keep photos and videos in their original size, or choose “Storage Saver” to lower your resolution and save space.
Finally, click start to start uploading the content of the selected folders to Google Photos. This will happen automatically in the future when you add new items to these folders.
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