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:

  • Google Photos
  • Google's photo backup service offers free unlimited backup of your photos and videos, up to a resolution of 16MP for photos and 1080p for video. You can also choose to backup photos in original quality, but this will use your Google account drive space. If you have a Google Pixel phone, however, you'll get unlimited free storage in original quality for every photo taken on the Pixel. You can set up automatic photo backup & sync in the Google Photos app on Android. iPhone users can set it up so that photos will automatically backup every time you launch the app, since iPhone can't upload automatically to a third party app in the background.

  • Apple iCloud Photo Library
  • For iPhone users, this is the simplest method to get true, automatic photo backup. This will use your iCloud storage, and you get 5GB of space for free. Upgrading to 50GB costs $0.99 a month, 200GB is $2.99 a month, 1TB is $9.99 a month, and 2TB is $19.99 a month.

  • Amazon Prime Photos
  • Amazon Prime members get unlimited free photo storage and 5GB for video files.

  • Flickr
  • Flickr gives you 1TB of free photo storage.

  • Western Digital My Cloud
  • This is an external hard drive with software that will keep it synced to all of your devices through the internet. This essentially creates your own personal cloud, with all the data stored in your own home. This starts at $139.99 (as of January 2, 2016) for 2TB of storage.