I refer to the Google Photos application to automatically back up the photos I take on my smartphone. Thanks to its unlimited free storage and high quality, iCloud does not even begin to compete. And, when it comes to hundreds of photos stored in shoe boxes in my closet, Google Photos is also the answer. All that is needed is to scan and load from my PC, making it easy to make backup copies of old photos on paper. This is how you can do it too.
In addition to working on Android smartphones, Google Photos also works on iOS, Mac and PC devices, making it a multiplatform workhorse. You will get unlimited high-quality storage if you do not load with original quality, which means that all photos of your smartphone, digital camera photos and even scans of old family albums can be kept and have easy access forever, for free!
Guide to upload old photos
Bringing all your old photos of the paper to the digital realm is comfortable with the PhotoScan application. It’s from Google and allows you to scan old photos, and uses machine learning to help maintain accurate color and reflections or glare to a minimum.
Then, once all your photos are digitized, it’s easy to get them from your computer to the cloud. Just download the Google Backup and Sync application here. There is a version for PC with Windows and another for Mac. Once you open the software, log in with your existing Google account.
Then, it will allow you to choose to back up all your files in Google Drive, or just the photos and videos. Select the option of only pictures and videos for now so you do not end up taking up too much space, and then select the level of quality you want (choose high quality for unlimited storage), in which folders of your PC you want to synchronize the cloud and other details, how to save metadata for photo editing programs. Once you have done that, just let the program begin to back up all of your automatically selected files.
Afterwards, you can still edit your settings and preferences, and whether or not you want to delete the photos from your computer when they finish loading. Also, it is possible to back up files directly from USB drives or SD cards that are connected to your computer.
The application also has its limits. It will not load photos that weigh more than 75 MB, videos of more than 10 GB or any image of less than 256 x 256 pixels. The types of files it will accept include: .jpg, .png, .webp, some RAW files, .mpg, .mod, .mmv, .tod, .wmv, .asf, .avi, .divx, .mov, .m4v , .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .m2t, .m2ts, .mts and .mkv files.
Are you a big fan of Google Photos? Are you making the most of it or just using it to back up cell phone photos? Let us know in the comments