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Backing up Google photos
May 20, 2019
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Phyllis Seeman
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Just watched lesson #166.  Learned a lot but still I’m a little unclear.  I use 4 different ios devices.  They all download to google photos.  Now I want to back up my google photos.  Can I do that to a thumb drive.  Each device took different pictures so I think if I backup I will only get the pictures on that device and I want them all.

If I go to onedrive, as you suggest, will it upload all my google photos or just the ones that are still on my devices and then I have to do 4 devices.  

I really want one good backup besides google.  I was ready to go to apple cloud and thank you for not letting me do that.

May 20, 2019
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Hello Phyllis,

First of all, let’s change your word Download to UPload – it may help in the concept. Your iOS devices do not “download” to Google Photos. Google Photos is in the Cloud … aka online … I think saying UPload makes that more clear.

So, lets say each of your 4 iOS devices has 100 pictures. The end result of each of them uploading to Google Photos is 400 photos in Google photos. Now, if you can connect a thumb drive to each of those devices in turn, you can transfer the same 100X4 photos to the thumb drive – assuming that each device still has all those photos on the device. You haven’t deleted them, either with the trash can or with Free Up Space.

As I mentioned in the video – the easiest way to get a second backup is with another cloud service. I use OneDrive. If you get a OneDrive account (or Dropbox, or Amazon) and you install the app on each of the 4 devices and turn on the “Camera Upload” setting, then it will upload the same 100X4 to your OneDrive account. One especially nice feature of OneDrive is that it works seamlessly with a Windows 10 computer. 

If I go to onedrive, as you suggest, will it upload all my google photos or just the ones that are still on my devices and then I have to do 4 devices.  

OneDrive gets the photos from the device, not from Google Photos. I have not yet found a way to copy from one cloud service to another – (that would be nice! I know some sites that claim to do it, but I’ve never seen them work). So – Yes, you will have to do all 4 devices. 

When all is done, you should be able to view your Google Photos account and see all 400 photos, you should also be able to view your OneDrive account and see the same 400 photos. Then you could remove all photos from the devices if you want.

So – a couple of questions:

  1. Do you use a computer at all?  If so, is it PC or Mac? 
  2. Have you deleted some photos off the devices? So – your Google Photos has more photos than are on the devices?

Let me know.

May 21, 2019
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First, thank you so much for the complete reply.  I have a laptop with windows 10.  I completely disregarded ONE DRIVE because I use Google Drive and Docs and didn’t see a reason until now for it.  So I did free up space a while back so definitely have more photos on google Photos than on my devices.  I guess Google drive cannot be used as you didn’t mention it as one of the choices.  

 

So is it possible to put the google photos back on my computer and save all to an external drive and from here on use One Drive.  

Photos are so important and I had no idea that I really didn’t have a backup

Just got your second edition, great reading again.    Phyllis

May 24, 2019
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I have a subscription to carbonite.     Can I back up my existing google photos on my computer to carbonite?

May 24, 2019
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Yes, absolutely!

That would be a true backup. If catastrophe happened to your Google account – you would have the photos in Carbonite. 

I prefer a cloud storage service like OneDrive or Amazon photos because it is easy to view – and edit, and share – your photo on those platforms. I don’t think you can access your Carbonite photos like that – carbonite is a backup that must be ‘restored’ before you can work the files that are backed up. At least that is my understanding – I don’t actually use it myself.

So – yes Carbonite is great for all those past photos that you need to backup, but I would still set up OneDrive or Amazon going forward.

May 24, 2019
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Thanks.  I’m going to check out One Drive but I already use carbonite so I feel better.  I do have a backup and yes it’s not easy to see like one drive would be.  Great.  

May 25, 2019
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Carbonite is great for photos on your computer. What about new photos you take with your phone? That’s where I recommend the OneDrive or Dropbox. Or maybe Carbonite has a phone/photo backup that I don’t know about.

May 25, 2019
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So Carbonite just answered my email.  They can only back up photos on the computer not from google photos    So  I will be using one drive and just wonder about the photos that are not on my computer that I already erased but are in Google photos.   

May 29, 2019
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I think that sounds like a fine plan. Google Photos really is quite reliable. I’ve never actually had to use my OneDrive backup. I just believe, in principle, that you need a second copy. 

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