By Nicky twitter/ Last Updated July 19, 2021

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Quick Guide

Google cloud storage for photos

Nowadays, many users may store many awesome photos and videos on their phone or computer, but when they decide to buy a new device or the storage of device becomes too full to take any more, how to deal with these pictures and videos has been a problem to them.

Actually, cloud storage is a good choice for data storage especially for photos and videos, which take up a lot of space. As one of the biggest cloud storage providers in the world, Google provides two kinds of Google cloud storage for photos and videos: Google Drive and Google Photos.

Google Photos and Drive

Overview of Google Photos and Google Drive

Google Drive

Google Drive

Google Drive allows you to backup almost any type of file like PDF, ZIP, MP3, MP4, JPG, PNG, etc. to the cloud server and access these files from anywhere. Meanwhile, Google Drive offers mobile app, web version and desktop client to help you backup and access your photos on smartphone, tablet, or computer with ease.

Generously, Google Drive gives you 15GB of storage for free, so depending on the size of the photos and video you're saving, you'll likely be able to save thousands of photos and hundreds of videos. However, this space is shared across Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos. If you want to increase the amount of storage, you can pay to upgrade to an advanced plan.

Google Photos

Google Photos

Google Photos is a photo gallery app that supports three types of media files – photos, videos, and GIFs. Nowadays, it has been one of the best ways to store, backup, and view your photos if you have a smartphone. You can also do some basic photo editing. After setting, all of the photos and videos you've taken on your phone will be automatically copied to the cloud where you can access them from anywhere.

Besides the Google Photos app on mobile devices, you can also go to the photos.google.com site to view your stored images and clips on a PC or mobile web browser. And if you want to backup and sync photos on computer to Google Photos directly, Google’s Backup and Sync app can help you achieve it.

Although it provides you the free unlimited Google storage space for High Quality before June 1, 2021, it’s worth nothing after June 1, 2021, because Google Photos stopped unlimited storage for High Quality since June 1, 2021.

How to backup your photos to Google cloud storage?

In general, Google Drive is a file storage service and Google Photos is a sync and backup service for photos and videos. Both of them can help your backup, store, and view your photos. No matter Google Photos or Google Drive you want to backup photos to, you can read the following contents to learn how to do it with detailed steps.

Backup your photos to the cloud using Google Photos

You can follow the steps below to backup your photos to the cloud using Google Photos.

Part 1. Via Google Photos app

1. Download and install Google Photos from the Google Play store.

2. Open the Google Photos app and tap on the menu icon (three lines) in the top left corner.

3. Tap on Settings > Back up & sync and turn the backup process on.

Backup Android Photos to Google Photo Library

Part 2. Via website

1. Go to the website of Google Photos and log in to your Google account.

2. Click Upload in the upper left corner.

Upload Files to Google Photos

3. Choose “Computer” or “Google Drive” to select the files you want to backup.

Upload Files to Google Photos

Backup your photos to the cloud using Google Drive

Here are detailed steps for you to backup photos to the cloud via Google Drive.

Part 1. Via Google Drive app

1. Download and install the Google Drive app from the Google Play store.

2. Open Google Drive on your device and sign in with your Google email address and password to sign-in.

3. After signing in, tap the Plus (+) icon at the corner. And then, tap Upload.

4. Select the files that you wish to backup to Drive.

5. After selecting, tap Open in the upper-right corner. Then, your chosen items will be backed up to the cloud automatically.

Google Drive Backup

Part 2. Via website

1. Go to the website of Google Drive and log in to your Google account.

2. Click My Drive > Upload file or Upload folder in the upper left corner and select the files you want to backup.

Google Drive Upload Files

How to Sync your photos to the cloud using Backup and Sync?

Google's Backup and Sync app for Windows or Mac can help you backup and even sync photos from your computer, camera, or SD card to Google Drive and Photos. Here's how you set it up.

1. Download and install Backup and Sync to your PC or Mac.

2. If it asks, grant the app permission to access your photos.

3. The app will install a folder on your computer called Google Drive, and you can drag photos and documents onto the folder to sync its contents with Google Drive on Google's servers.

Google Drive Folder

4. To sync folders on your computer with Drive, open Backup and Sync preferences and select the folders you'd like to sync, such as Documents or Pictures.

Google Backup and Sync

Note: Please remember to adjust the upload size (High quality or Original quality) according to your needs.

Bonus Tips: How to Get More Google Cloud Photos Storage?

As you know, Google Photos no longer provides the unlimited cloud storage for photos regardless of the original quality or high quality. If you need more storage space for your photos, of course, you can subscribe to an advanced storage plan. It starts at 100GB for $1.99, 200GB for $2.99, and 2TB for $9.99 per month. What if there is a free way to get more Google cloud photos storage?

Here, it’s highly recommended to try the free cloud backup service CBackup to combine multiple Google Drive accounts and then you could backup more photos to the combined Google cloud storage. In this way, you can combine your Google Drive cloud storage into one and take full use of all your free cloud storage.

Let's see how to use CBackup to increase Google cloud storage for photos:

Step 1. Add Google Drive Accounts to CBackup

1. Please create a new CBackup account for free and then sign in.

Sign Up

2. Click Add Cloud under My Storage tab, then select your Google Drive, and click Add. Then follow the steps to grant access to CBackup. Then edit the display name and storage path for Google Drive. Repeat the process to add other Google Drive accounts.

Add Cloud

Select Google Drive

Step 2. Combine Multiple Google Drive Accounts

After adding enough Google Drive accounts, you could combine multiple Google Drive accounts to get more Google cloud photo storage as follows:

1. Click the My Storage tab, and then press the plus icon (+) and choose New Combined Cloud.

My Storage New Combined Cloud

2. Rename the name for the combined cloud, and tick all the Google Drive accounts you added above(even other clouds, like Dropbox, OneDrive, etc.), and press Next.

Tick All Google Drive Accounts

3. Determine the order of Google Drive accounts to store photos using the up and down triangle icon, and press OK.

Determine Google Drive Order

Now, your Google cloud storage for photos has been increased successfully. Then you could backup photos to Google Drive easily with CBackup.

Except for expanding Google Drive storage space, you could benefit from the following features of CBackup:

  • PC cloud backup, which allows you to backup files to Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, the combined cloud and CBackup Cloud.

  • Cloud to cloud backup, which enables you to backup files between clouds with powerful features, schedule backup, file filter, version cleanup, etc. Hence, you could transfer Google Drive to OneDrive, migrate OneDrive to Dropbox, etc.

  • Cloud to cloud sync is capable of syncing files from one cloud to another without downloading and uploading.


Conclusion

That’s all about Google cloud photo storage. Google Photos has stopped the unlimited cloud storage plan, and if your Google Drive storage is full, and want to get more Google cloud stroage space, it’s highly recommended to try the free cloud backup service CBackup to merge multiple Google Drive accounts to expand Google storage space for free.