2 Ways to Backup iPhone Photos to Google Drive

If you would prefer to use Google Drive to store all the photos you have on your device, the following guide will teach you how you can backup iPhone photos to Google Photos so that your photos are uploaded to Google’s cloud servers. Read on to learn how.

By Faye Clarke | Posted on: Dec. 19, 2018, Last Updated: Jun. 04, 2019
AnyTrans – iPhone Photos Transfer

Want to backup iPhone photos to Google Drive? This article is intended to show you the way of backing up iPhone photos to Google Drive. And a Google Drive alternative is also recommended. Keep reading on this post to learn more.

While an iPhone excels at performing various complicated tasks, one of the things that it does the best is it captures some really amazing quality photos. If you have ever taken photos using an iPhone, you would know their quality. With great quality, photos comes large file sizes as your photos take more space than the usual normal quality photos.

To help you out with your storage needs, Apple iCloud provides you with a 5GB of free online storage for you to store your files and other data. However, that storage space does not seem to be sufficient for many users. Fortunately, you have Google Drive as an alternate method to store your iPhone photos.

If you have not used it before, the following is how to backup iPhone photos to Google Photos (or the Drive) using the most simplest way available:

How to Backup iPhone Photos to Google Drive

Google Drive is Google’s online cloud storage that allows you to store your photos and various other kind of data on your cloud account. If you choose to go with the free version, you can store files up to 15GB in your account. There are premium plans available should you wish to extend your storage limit.

15GB should be sufficient for most users to store your photos. The following teaches how you can use the service and upload your iPhone photos to your Google Drive account.

Step 1 Launch the App Store app on your iPhone and search for and tap on Google Drive. Install the app on your iPhone as it is required to use Google Drive on your iPhone.

Step 2 Once you have installed the app, launch the Photos app on your iPhone to select photos that you want to upload to your Google Drive account. Tap on Select on the following screen to choose photos.

Select the photos you want to backup

Select the photos you want to backup

Step 3 After you have chosen some photos to be uploaded to your Google Drive account, tap on the share icon given in the bottom-right corner of your iPhone’s screen. It will let you share the selected photos with Google Drive.

Tap on the share option to backup your photos

Tap on the share option to backup your photos

Step 4 In most cases, you will not see the Google Drive option in the share menu as the app has just recently been installed on your iPhone. To add the app to your share menu, tap on the More icon at the far right corner of the share apps.

Select the More option to view more share options

Select the More option to view more share options

Step 5 A screen will open letting you select what apps to be displayed in your share menu. Turn the toggle for the Google Drive option to the ON position so that it appears in your share menu.

Enable Google Drive in the share menu

Enable Google Drive in the share menu

Step 6 When you see the Google Drive option in your share menu, tap on it to open it.

Share photos using the Google Drive option

Share photos using the Google Drive option

Step 7 On the following screen, select the folder on your Google Drive where you would like to save your photos. Then, tap on the option that says Upload at the top to start uploading your photos to Google Drive.

Upload photos to Google Drive

Upload photos to Google Drive

Once all the photos have been uploaded, you should be able to view them on the Google Drive website. You may also find your photos in the Google Photos service should you wish to use it.

So that is how you can upload iPhone photos to Google Photos.

How to Backup iPhone Photos with a Google Drive Alternative

If you have any difficulties using the above method to backup your iPhone photos, you can backup your photos to your computer using an alternative way.

As you noticed, the above procedure requires you to have a stable Internet connection in order for you to backup your photos. In addition to that, it also requires an Internet connection when you want to retrieve your photos. If you find that to be cumbersome, you can create a backup of your iPhone photos on your computer and access your photos without an Internet connection.

To accomplish the task, you are going to use an app called AnyTrans for iOS. It is a data transfer app that lets you move data from your iPhone over to your computer and vice versa. It supports transfers of dozens of file formats including photos.

Here are some of the reasons why you may want to use AnyTrans for iOS to backup your iPhone photos:

  • It lets you create a backup of all kind of photos you have on your iPhone.
  • It transfers photos at a fast speed so you don’t need to wait long.
  • You can transfer all the photos or selected photos – choice is entirely yours.
  • It preserves the folder structure in your backed up photos.

If these features are good enough for you to decide to use AnyTrans for iOS to transfer your photos, the following is how you do it:

Step 1 Download and install the AnyTrans for iOS app on your computer. Connect your iPhone to your computer, click on Device Manager in the app, and then choose the iOS content management option in the app.

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How to Backup iPhone Photos with a Google Drive Alternative - Step 1

How to Backup iPhone Photos with a Google Drive Alternative – Step 1

Step 2 On the following screen, you need to click on the option that says Photos and then select Camera Roll as that is where most people store their photos. You can choose other photo options if you wish, though.

How to Backup iPhone Photos with a Google Drive Alternative - Step 2

How to Backup iPhone Photos with a Google Drive Alternative – Step 2

Step 3 All the photos in the Camera Roll of your iPhone will be displayed on your screen. Select the photos that you want to backup to your computer and then click on the To PC/Mac button at the top to start backing up your photos.

How to Backup iPhone Photos with a Google Drive Alternative - Step 3

How to Backup iPhone Photos with a Google Drive Alternative – Step 3

Step 4 Once all the photos have been backed up to your computer, you should be able to view them with their folder structure intact.

How to Backup iPhone Photos with a Google Drive Alternative - Step 4

How to Backup iPhone Photos with a Google Drive Alternative – Step 4

That is how you can create an offline backup of your iPhone photos on your computer.

The Bottom Line

If you are running out of storage on your iCloud account or you don’t wish to use it, our guide above should help you backup your iPhone photos to Google Photos so that your content is available on the cloud to be accessed from anywhere.

Faye Clarke

Member of iMobie_Inc, an enthusiastic fan of Apple and Jazz music, always ready to offer advice and solutions to any iOS & Android related issues.