If you need a photo backup solution that will cross over the Mac and PC or iOS and Android fences, Google Photos might be a solution. The application is free and works on all computers, phones, and most tablets.

When you upload, if you choose a ‘High quality’, Google will compress the photo, and it will not count towards your storage. Google will automatically compress any picture larger than 16MP. If you opt to upload at the ‘Original’ size, the photo won’t be compressed. This will count towards your available cloud storage. Google offers 15 free storage to all users with more available upon purchase.

Backing Up Via Phone or Tablet

  1. Download the Google Photos app for iOS or Android
  2. Open the app and select the three horizontal bars or the menu button
  3. Select ‘Settings’, then ‘Backup and sync.’
  4. Turn backups on using the switch at the top

Backing Up Via PC or Mac

  1. Download and install Google Backup and Sync
  2. Sign into your Google account
  3. Select your Pictures folder
  4. Choose to upload photos in high or original quality
  5. Check ‘Upload photos and videos to Google Photos’
  6. Choose whether to sync files from Google Drive
  7. Click ‘OK’ to begin backing up

Lastly, one of the cool things about Google Photos is, you can access your pictures from any device, no matter the make or operating system. It is also an excellent way to ensure you never lose your photos, even if you lose your device.

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