Storing videos with Google Photos is easy. All that you need is an app on your device, either Android or iPhone, though you can also use the web version of Google Photos. Google Photos are also integrated with Google Drive, and you can even transfer your photos and videos from this cloud service.
The best thing about Google Photos is that the app is entirely free, with an option to go premium for extra storage. Honestly, this option is inexpensive, and it can help you save your entire photo and video library in one place. Read on for more details and instructions on how to use Google Photos.
As we said, you need the Google Photos app, which is available for free on the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Fun fact, this app comes pre-installed on most Android devices, but we suggest that you use the links above and update the app to the latest version.
When you are ready, start the app to enable back up for your photos and videos:
- If it’s your first time launching the Google Photos app, tap on Getting Started.
- Make sure that Back up and sync function is enabled (move the slider next to the option if it’s gray; if it is blue, then it is already on).
- On this page, you can select the Google account you want to use for Google Photos. Tap on your email at the top of the screen if you’d like to change it.
- Also, you can choose whether or not you want to use your cellular data for backing up data. We suggest keeping this option off unless you have a generous data plan.
- Tap Continue when you are ready. On the next screen, select the upload size of photos and videos. Tap Continue.
- Keep confirming the prompts to complete the setup.
- Your photos and videos will start backing up automatically.
Back Up and Sync Settings
Before we get to the backing up photos and videos from a computer, there is still something you need to know about the app version of Google Photos. You can easily access the Back up and sync settings and customize your user experience. You can choose which photos and videos you want to save and much more.
Follow the steps:
- Open the Google Photos app on your device.
- Tap on the hamburger menu in the top-left corner of your screen.
- Tap on Settings.
- Select Back up and Sync.
You can see if Back up and sync is enabled or not at the top of this screen. There is an option to buy additional storage space (100 GB) if you need it, which is useful if you want to save many videos. It is optional.
Below is the Upload Size. We suggest leaving it on because original size videos and photos can take a lot of memory. It depends on your Google Drive storage. If you have plenty of space, or you purchased additional space, then you can freely choose the original upload size.
The next option is Back up device folders. Tap on that, and choose which folders on your device you want to back up. It’s a pretty important setting, so make sure to check it out. Remember to go back to this option when you add new folders to your device so that you can save them too.
Finally, there are some cellular data and roaming options, which are better left disabled (they are off by default).
Back Up Your Videos and Photos on a Browser
You can also use the browser version of Google Photos to store your videos and photos. It’s useful for PC users and those who don’t like tampering with mobile apps. Follow these steps to back up your videos and images on a browser:
- Log in to google.com with your Google credentials.
- Click on Upload, and select your Google Drive or your computer.
- Select the quality of the content you are transferring.
- Enable Google Drive file sync.
- Select the photos and videos you want to upload.
- Confirm the prompt and start uploading your selected videos and photos.
A Final Piece of Advice
That’s it. Now you know how to store your photos and videos using Google Photos. The service is free, but we suggest getting the premium storage space addition if you plan on storing a lot of content. Finally, you should always check whether Google Photos supports the video or photo format you are uploading.
Google Photos doesn’t support all the formats, but it supports all the major ones. One of the excluded video formats is RAW. However, it does support.avi, .mp4, .mov, .mkv, .wmv, and other popular extensions.
Let us know if you have any additional questions or comments.