Google Photos are private by default and that makes it one of the best photo storage services. If you have been wanting to add photos to Google Photos, you are on the right page. Here we will tell you how to upload photos to Google Photos from Android, iPhone, and PC.
You can use Google Photos to view photos, back up photos, or manually save selected photos in cloud storage. All these things make Google Photos different from your regular gallery app. Let’s check different ways to save photos in Google Photos.
How to Upload Photos on Google Photos From Mobile
There are two ways in which you can add pictures to Google Photos from Android or iOS devices. In the first method, you can enable the Backup feature that will automatically upload existing and any new photos or videos to Google Photos.
However, if you don’t want to add all photos to Google Photos, you can use the second method of manually uploading selected photos. Let’s check the steps for both methods.
Method 1: How to Upload All Photos Automatically to Google Photos
Step 1: Open the Google Photos app on your mobile.
Step 2: Tap on the profile picture icon at the top-right corner.
Step 3: Tap on Photos settings followed by Backup.
Note: Your iPhone might ask for permission to access photos. Go to iPhone Settings > Privacy > Photos. Enable the toggle next to Google Photos.
Step 4: Enable the toggle next to Backup. Choose the backup settings for your photos.
Tip: If you enjoy Google Photos, know how to move photos from iPhone to Google Photos.
How to Add Pictures From Device Folders to Google Photos on Android
The Google Photos app on iPhone will upload all pictures. But it will automatically back up only the Camera pictures when it comes to Android. To backup pictures from other folders like WhatsApp, Screenshots, etc., to Google Photos, follow these steps:
Step 1: In the Google Photos app, tap on the profile picture icon at the top.
Step 2: Go to Photos Settings followed by Backup.
Step 3: Tap on Back up device folders and select the folders that you want to back up.
Method 2: How to Manually Add Photos to Google Photos
To manually add selected pictures to Google Photos, follow these steps:
Step 1: Launch the Google Photos app on your iPhone or Android phone.
Step 2: Tap on the photo to open it in full-screen view. Tap on the Backup icon at the top to upload the picture to Google Photos.
Step 3: To upload multiple photos, long-press one of the photos on the main screen of the Google Photos app to activate the selection mode. Tap on the photos that you want to select.
Step 4: After selecting the pictures, tap on the Back up button at the bottom to add them to your Google Photos account.
Note: You will find all the pictures from your phone in the Photos tab on your iPhone. On Android, you will have to go to the Library tab where you will find different device folders. Open a folder to select and upload photos from it.
How to Upload Photos to Google Photos from Computer
To add pictures to Google Photos from your PC, follow these steps:
Step 1: Open the Google Photos website in a browser on your computer.
Open Google Photos
Step 2: Log in to your Google account.
Step 3: Click on the Upload button at the top.
Step 4: Select the source from where you want to add pictures. If you want to add it from a folder on your PC, select Computer.
Step 5: Choose the folder and select the photos that you want to upload.
If you face any problem, here’s how to fix Google Photos not uploading photos from PC.
Pro Tip: You can drag and drop photos directly from your computer to Google Photos. You can even drag them to a specific album.
Bonus: How to Check the Backup Status of a Picture
Are you wondering whether your photo has been uploaded to Google Photos or not? Thankfully, it’s quite easy to know the same in two ways.
Method 1: Using Photo Details
Step 1: Launch the Google Photos app on your phone.
Step 2: Tap on the photo for which you want to know its backup status.
Step 3: Swipe up on the photo or tap on the three-dot icon at the top to open the information screen.
Step 4: Scroll down to the Details section where you will see the backup status:
You will see the Backed up text for a photo that has been uploaded to Google Photos.
If a photo hasn’t been uploaded, you will see the On device text.
Method 2: Using the Backup Icon
In this method, you need to look for the Backup icon which will show up for photos not uploaded to Google Photos. And this icon will be absent from photos saved in Google Photos.
FAQs About Uploading Photos to Google Photos
1. How to check where a photo was uploaded to Google Photos? You can check how you uploaded the photo using the Google Photos website. Visit photos.google.com and open the photo. Click on the (i) icon at the top to open the Info screen. Here you will see the source of the photo, such as Uploaded from the web browser.
2. Are photos deleted from phones after being uploaded to Google Photos? No, your photos will not be deleted from your phone.
How to delete photos from Google Photos? Deleting photos from Google Photos is a slightly complicated process. You must use the Google Photos website to delete pictures. Open the photo and click on the Delete icon. Know how to delete pictures in Google Photos from your iPhone.
Hide Uploaded Photos
After saving photos to Google Photos, learn how to archive photos to hide them. You can even use the Locked folder in Google Photos to hide pictures.