Free cloud back-up of your photos

If you care about your holiday pictures and other nice memories, you need to backup them for in case your harddisk fails on you. Some people use DVDs, NAS or other devices, but the cloud is becoming a more and more popular solution. A few weeks ago Google announced the new plans around Google Photos. Google Photo gives you unlimited storage space if you are willing to limit photo resolution to 16 megapixels and video resolution to 1080p. You do have the option to store at higher resolutions, but the storage counts against your Google Drive quota. For a more in depth-review, see this excellent post of ExtremeTech.

The nicest thing is that Google has developed a system tray application for Windows to auto-synch certain local folders.

How to setup auto back-up to Google Photos

  1. Login at https://photos.google.com/ with your Google account.
  2. Go to the settings area via the left nav pane and select ‘High quality (free unlimited storage)’. (and check other settings if you want)
  3. Go to the apps area and download the Desktop Uploader.
  4. Run the installer and configure which folders you would like to auto-synch:

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BTW 1: If you already have Google Picasa you can upload albums also from there.

BTW 2: In the apps area you saw that there are also Android and iOS apps available for mobile devices.

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