Backup your photos for free!

It seems that more and more people are using their phones as their primary camera. Let’s be honest, phones take great pictures and videos.  However, phones can only store so many photos and videos before they fill up. Or, what if your phone dies, or gets stolen? How do you recover your precious moments?

Those of you that have an iPhone probably already know that you can use iCloud photo library to back up your photos. They give you 5GB for free, then you will have to pay for more space.  Even if your photos are backed up in the cloud, they still take up space on your phone. Your phone only has so much storage. Once it’s full, you have no choice but to delete things. Samsung, and Android people, you have it a little better. Not only do you have access to the Samsung cloud, you can take advantage of Google Photos.  

Google Photos is an app that gives you unlimited photo storage for FREE. All you need is a Google account. If you already have a Gmail email address you’re good to go. If not, Gmail is free, what are you waiting for? As long as your phone has an app store, all you need to do is download the Google Photos app. Once installed, it will start looking for all the photos and videos on your device and start backing them up. When you see all your photos in the Google Photos app, you can delete them locally from your device. For example, I had about 80 GB of photos and videos stored on my 128 GB iPhone. After backing everything up to Google Photos, that same 80 GB took up about 17 GB of storage on my device. After deleting the photos locally, I was able to save 63GB on my phone. Instead of the native "Photos" app, I use Google Photos to view and share my photos. 

For me, this solution worked. I have all of my photos and videos on my device with a fraction of the storage space. And the best thing, it was FREE! 

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