Google Photos

Back Up Your Photos to the Cloud

Your photos are likely the most valuable and irreplaceable things on your smartphone. This is why it's essential to have a solid backup in case something goes wrong, or you lose your phone. You can always just connect the phone to your computer and drag the files over, but this requires that you remember to do it frequently. It's even better if it happens automatically, and fortunately there are several places you can backup to in the cloud:

What's the best way to share photos on Google?

Episode 1348

John from Los Angeles, CA
Google Photos

John has all his family on Google Fi and he has created a special email address for everyone to use to send images. Leo says he can do that, but Google Photos has a shared album feature, and that would be far easier. So how does he download the images to his desktop? Leo says he could use Google Drive, which has a setting to backup photos automatically. He can then sync it back to his computer with the Google Drive app. It's for Windows and Mac, but they are working on a Linux version as well. But he should look around, because there's probably one on sourceforge or something.

How can I upload my images to Google Photos?

David from Mission Viejo, CA

Episode 1345

David has about 20,000 photos in Apple Aperture. What's the best way for him to upload them to Google Photos? He tried the Google Photos uploader, but it won't work. Leo says that Google Photos may have trouble finding them. He should look for a folder called "Original Photos" and make a copy of it. Then he can point the uploader to that copy.

Is there an app that can identify duplicates in Google Photos? Leo says he doesn't know of one, but there are plenty of de-dupe apps that can do it before he uploads.

How can I back up GoPro photos to iCloud and Google?

Episode 1344

Carlos from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
iCloud Photo Library

Carlos has an iPhone 6 and a GoPro camera. He wants to be able to upload photos from both devices to his iCloud Photo Library and his Google Photos library. Leo says that's easy with the GoPro app on the iPhone. Then he can save them to his camera roll and upload it to iCloud. Then he can use the Google Photos app to upload all of them. The other option is to plug the microSD card into his computer and upload them that way.

Is Google Photos really unlimited?

Episode 1330

Alex from Sacramento, CA
Google Pixel

Alex has been told that Google Photos isn't really unlimited for original photos. Leo says that's correct, but they're pretty darn good. Google is also offering unlimited original backup if you buy a Pixel Phone and the images are taken with it. How does Google tell the difference? Leo says it's probably in metadata. Alex is also wondering if it's unlimted original JPEGs or original RAW? That is unknown. It's very confusing and Google should clear it up.

Where can I post downloadable photos and videos?

Les from Virigina

Episode 1325

Leo says Google Photos is a great place for this. He could share an album with anyone in a couple of different ways. There's 'read-only', where people can see the photo or click the sideways ellipses and download the image or movie. He could also set up an album that people can contribute to. Then at the event, he could tell people to submit photos to that album.

Can I get iCloud to download faster?

Dennis from Woodland Hills, CA

Episode 1324

Dennis backs up to iCloud with his mobile phone but when he wants to get his file back from the cloud, it takes forever. Leo says he has to realize that videos are huge, and take up a lot of bandwidth. Especially in HD. He shouldn't just rely on iCloud, though. Google Photos is free and it will automatically backup his images and videos in the cloud, and it's unlimited.