Sunday, February 12, 2017

Backing up your iPhone photos for free!

Backing up your iPhone photos for free!

I am SOOOOO sick of apple, and the new business model they have, pay to store your photos and vids. How dare they charge one cent more for their overpriced crap!!!!!.
OK now that you have said that, let’s get to the point. Free photo backups. What is required to back up your photos for free. We first you need a phone, then you need an app called Google Photos, then you need a Gmail account. Of the three items listed the only thing that cost money is the phone.
I am not responsible for you losing any of your photos and videos. You follow these steps at your own risk. If you back them up locally to a computer, you should be safe.  
What you need for this backup
  • Phone
  • Google Photo App (apple app store)
  • Gmail account, if you do not have one open a free Gmail account at
From you iPhone open the Apple app store, and search for Google Photo app. When you find it install it.

Once it has installed you can open and add you Gmail account. Click Get Started.

Enter you Gmail account and password.

Make sure that the next screen has the Back Up & Sync on and Use cellular data off.

Make sure you have the High-quality option selected as this is the free unlimited storage option.

Now click through the next few screens till you see you phones photos. If you are on you Wi-Fi the photos will start backing up to Google photos.
To view your photos online from a computer, go to and log in with your Gmail account. You will see all of your photos as they are uploaded. This could take a long time. Photos that have not been backed up will have a sync symbol on them.
As your photos sync the symbol will rotate, then turn to a cloud, then that will go away leaving just the photo with no symbol on it. When there is not symbol it is backed up in Google Photos.

Now that your photos are backed up you can clean up your phone and remove your photos, but I will not show you that till I show you how to do a computer back up of your photos. This is a very simple process.

What you will need
  • Phone cable
  • Computer with space on the hard drive
  • A few minutes of time

OK plug you phone cable in to your phone and the other end into your computer (laptop or desk top), you can even use you kids Chrome book (will update this in another Doc) to do this you just need a USB pen drive. Wal mart has them cheap.
From your desk top (windows) open Windows explorer, then click Computer on the left-hand side.

Under devices you will see the phone, go and double click it to open the phone storage.

Double click Internal Storage to open that. Now right click the DCIM folder and select Copy. This process will copy all photos and videos you have taken with the phone. This WILL not remove the photos from the phone it will only copy.

Now on the left-hand side of the Windows Explorer window find your computers photo folder or other drive you want to back up the photos to, right click and select paste. This will copy all of the photos from your phone to your computer.

You will see a progress bar, and this will go away when the copy has completed.

Once the copy has completed you can disconnect your phone from the computer.

Now that you have backed up the photos on the Google Photo site, and your computer you can now clean up your phone’s photos.
From within the Google App on your phone, tap on three lines icon as shown below.

Now click the Free Up Space icon.

This will pop up the blow message and if you have followed the steps above you can now click remove.
Now tap Delete

You will see one more pop up telling you to go to apple photo app and clear recently deleted items.

Tap Recently Deleted then tap Select

Tap Delete All then tap Delete ## Photos

That is, it. This sounds and looks like allot but if you do it this should take no more than an hour of time.
Good luck.
I am not responsible for you losing any of your photos and videos. You follow these steps at your own risk. If you back them up locally to a computer, you should be safe. 

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