The Best Ways to Automatically Back Up the Photos on Your Smartphone

The best camera is the one you have with you, and most of the time that’s going to be your smartphone. You probably capture lots of important moments with your phone, so you also need to make sure you’re keeping those moments backed up.

Google Photos/Drive

When it comes to all-encompassing picture backups, it’s hard to beat Google Photos. It’s available on both Android and iOS, and offers unlimited photo storage. Like I said, it’s hard to beat.

RELATED: How to Use Google Photos to Store an Unlimited Amount of Photos

To back up your pictures with Google Photos, you only need to install the app (Android, iOS) and sign in with your Google ID. From that point forward, it automatically backs up all your photos to the cloud, making them available on all your other devices through the app.You can also find them on the web at

If you’re a Google Drive user, all your photos also show up in a Google Photos folder in Google Drive, making this the ultimate back up and sync tool for all your pictures. It’s fantastic.

The only thing worth noting here is that in order to qualify for unlimited photo storage, you have to let Google compress the photos. Instead of storing them at original quality, they’re compressed to “high quality.” Honestly, the compression algorithm is really good, so you’ll be hard pressed to tell a difference between the original and Google’s compressed backup. If you want to back your images up at original quality, it counts against your Drive quota.

There is one exception to this rule, however: if you own a Pixel phone. If that’s the case, you get full, uncompressed, unlimited backups from that phone. Lucky you.


Dropbox has spent a long time at the top of the cloud storage game, and its photo backup feature is used by many, many people. It’s not quite as full featured as Google Photos, and it’s limited to the amount of Dropbox space you have. But if you’re a heavy Dropbox user…

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