By Nicky twitter / Last Updated June 16, 2021

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Is Google Photos safe for backup?

Nowadays, Google Photos is regarded as one of the easiest ways to back up digital snapshots and one of the safest places to keep your data. Because it not only keeps your data remotely to avoid data loss in hardware failure, system crash, natural disasters, and so on, but also offers a web app and a new Backup and Sync application for Windows PC and Mac. With the apps, users can upload folders to Google Photos manually or back up photos to Google Photos automatically and safely.

However, there is no place that is absolutely safe, and Google Photos is no exception. Many people have also lost their photos in Google Photos due to their own mistakes or hacker attacks. Therefore, it is not safe enough to store your data in one place only. The data stored in Google Photos also need a backup version.

Why backup Google Photos to (external) hard drive?

Actually, the main reason for backing up Google Photos to hard drive or external hard drive is to add a layer of protection to your data. What’s more, according to the latest news, Google Photos ends the unlimited storage on June 1st, 2021. So, freeing up Google Photos space may be another reason.

As one of the traditional local storage solutions, (external) hard drives has large storage capacity and are widely used in our life. So, many users prefer to choose hard drives or external hard drive as the backup destination of Google Photos.

If you are planning to copy photos from Google Photos to hard drive or external hard drive and looking for the easiest way, please read on, you will learn how to backup Google Photos to (external) hard drive within simple steps.

Manual way to download photos from Google Photos to hard drive

You can also download single or multiple photo folders from Google Photos through the official website to hard drive or external hard drive. If you need to backup Google Photos to external hard drive, please connect it to the computer first and make sure it has enough capacity.

Situation 1: Need to download a few data in Google Photos

Google Photos offers a web app to help users upload and download photos with ease. If you only need to back up a few files, you can use the web app because you need to select your files manually.

1. Go to Google Photos from your browser and sign in to your Google Drive account.

2. Select single or multiple photos that you need and then click the Download button to download them to your local PC.

Download from Google Photos

3. If you have set a default location to save downloaded files from the web, you can find the file you download there. If not, you may be asked to decide where to store the downloading file. When prompted, choose to save the file in the (external) hard drive click Save.

Save To

Situation 2: Need to download all your data in Google Photos

You can download all your data in Google Photos at once by using Google Takeout, which lets you export data being held in your Google Account:

1. Go to the Download your data page of your account.

2. Click on Deselect all (because this page automatically checks every Google service you use).

3. Page down to Google Photos and select it by clicking in the check box.

4. Click on the button that says All photo albums included. Scroll the mouse and click on the Next Step.

Google Takeout Photos

5. On the next page, you could choose the Delivery Method you want. Choose add to drive here.

6. You could also customize your export format by selecting the File type & size and click on Create export. Then, all your data will be download to your target drive as a zip file.

Google Takeout Photos

Auto way: Sync photos from Google Photos to hard drive

The newest Google Photos desktop app that Google offers for PC file sync is called Backup and Sync. This application can achieve the two-way sync between cloud and computer. So, you can use it to sync your photos from Google Photos to hard drive automatically.

1. Download Backup and Sync app and install it on your computer.

2. After installing it, log in to the Google account used for Google Photos.

3. Click CHOOSE FOLDER and select any folder you want to backup from local to cloud and check the box of Upload photos and videos to Google Photos.

Google Backup and Sync

Note: Under Photo and video upload size, select your upload size. You are suggested to choose High quality to enjoy unlimited storage space.

4. In the next step, tick the box of Sync My Google Drive to this computer and choose whether to sync all folders to local. Then, click START to backup photos between Google Photos and hard drive.

Sync My Drive

Bonus tip: replace Google Photos with a better cloud backup

Actually, if Google Photos end the unlimited storage, it will not be the best photo cloud storage for many users. Therefore, you can turn to another cloud backup to protect your photos. For example, if you have an Amazon Prime account, Prime Photos may be a good choice, because, like Google Photos, it offers free, unlimited storage. But you should pay for Amazon Prime account.

Here is a more cost-efficient cloud backup service called CBackup that offers professional cloud backup technology and a stable cloud server with huge backup space. Besides PC cloud backup, it also offers many other useful features and cloud backup settings. Let’s see how to backup photos to cloud with CBackup.

1. Download, install and run CBackup.

2. Sign up for a CBackup account and sign in.

Sign In

3. Click on the Backup Tasks tab and click on the New Task button.

Create Task

4. Click on Add Source to select the PC files that you want to backup to CBackup Cloud.

Add Source

5. Similarly, click Add Destination to choose CBackup cloud as the backup destination. After selecting, click Start Backup.

Start Backup

Final words

The contents above have shown how to backup Google Photos to hard drive in both manual and auto ways. You can choose a way to follow according to your needs. What’s more, don’t forget to choose a Google Photos alternative like CBackup to protect your data after Google Photos ending the unlimited storage space.