Because of that, this article details how you can backup photos on your Android phone.
Why you need to back up Photos & Videos
There are many reasons why you should consider backing up your photos and videos on Android. One is to ensure you always have a copy of your photos and videos if your phone gets lost, stolen, or broken.
Back up Photos from any Android Phone
Backing up photos and videos from an Android device is pretty easy as long as you have Google Photos installed. That’s not to say using Google Photos is not the only option, however. You can still choose to use OneDrive, Dropbox, and other cloud services with similar solutions.
Step 1. Download the Google Photos app from Google Play Store – if you haven’t – and open the app
Step 2. Sign in to your Google Account
Step 3. Tap on your account profile photo or initial at the top right corner
Step 4. Select “Photo settings” then “Back up & sync.”
Step 5. Tap on “Back up & sync” to toggle the option on or off
Step 6. Select photo quality to be uploaded: either in original quality or high quality.
Google Photos Backup: Original Quality Vs. High Quality
Google offers free unlimited storage for “high resolution” backups. However, this is set to end in May. Starting June 1st, any additional photos will count towards your allotted storage quota. (Check the image above under Account storage.)
High resolution or high-quality resolution uses Google’s compression algorithm to retain the quality of photos, but the size of the individual photo is reduced. This is not to be confused with the original photo quality.
However, you can choose to backup photos in their original quality if you want to, but keep in mind the available free storage space is capped at 15GB – this is the same storage shared across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. If you want more storage space, you can purchase via Google One.
Step 7. Select over which network photos and videos are backed up
With Google Photos, you can also select to back up Photos over Mobile Data or just WIFI. Go to the “Mobile Data Usage” section and choose these options.
Step 8. Choose device folders for automatic backups
By default, Google Photos will automatically back up photos and videos from the camera(DCIM folder). To select additional device folders for automated backups, choose “Back up device folders” and choose all the folders you want.
Clearing Storage After Back ups
Clearing storage after backing up your photos and/or videos is easy. Because Google Photos already knows what has been backed up. The app will also give you suggestions to clear storage once you have several photos or videos backed up.
1. Open the Google Photos app
2. Assuming you’ve backed up some of your media, tap your Google profile on the top right.
Select “Free up xxx MB/GB” option
3. Tap Free up xxxMB/GB button on the next page. Google Photos will then delete local copies of backed up photos and videos.