General Introduction to Google Photos Backup Desktop App
Google photos auto backup desktop is a kind of Google photos sync tool released by Google. The oldest one called Picasa is a discontinued image organizer and image viewer for organizing and editing digital photos, plus an integrated photo-sharing website. Picasa was originally created by a company named Lifescape and later was acquired by Google. On February 12, 2016, Google replaced Picasa with Google Photos and replace its photos/videos uploading service with Desktop Uploader.
Yet, on June 28, 2017, Google upgrades Desktop Uploader to Backup and Sync which can not only upload photos but also files to Google Drive.
How to Use/Set Google Photos Auto Backup PC
For users who have been using Desktop Uploader, they can update directly to Google Backup and Sync. For those new users, they can download it from Google Drive download center.
1. Install it on your desktop. When successfully installed, it will guides you to get started with its Google Drive backup service.
2. First thing first, sign in your Google account.
3. Then, it will inform you that the next step will let you choose which folders to sync to Google Drive from local computer.
Specify which folders you would like to backup to Google Drive. Explore them on your machine and select them out. You can also backup photos/videos to Google cloud either by high quality or by original quality. Moreover, you can set upload pictures and videos directly to Google Photos for Google Photos has been merged with Google Drive since the Backup and Sync software comes into being.
4. Then, on the contrary, you can sync contents in Google Drive folder to local specified folder and view Google drive contents in local place.
Specify a local folder to save Google Drive folder contents. You can synchronize all contents in Google Drive folder or a certain ones.
5. Finally, click “START” to start the Google Backup and Sync service.
- To disable Google photos backup desktop or stop Google photos backup PC, you can either click on the Backup and Sync icon in status bar > Settings (three dots) > Quit Backup and Sync; or, directly sign out of your account.
- If Google photos backup desktop not working, you can solve it by restart computer, re-connect your account, reinstall the app, clear app data/cache, etc.
Google Drive Photos Manager – MultCloud
If you want to copy your Google Drive photos, videos, files, etc. to other cloud drive storages for a double insurance or sparing out Google Drive space to save more uploaded items from local, you can rely on MultCloud online app, a professional multiple clouds manager.
1. Create an account of MultCloud.
2. Add Google Drive to MultCloud. In Cloud Explorer tab, click “Add Cloud Drives” > “Google Drive”.
It will ask you for permission to allow it to get access to your Google Drive. If you have not signed in your Google Drive account yet, you can log in here. Choose “Add Google Drive Account” to go on.
If you have several Google accounts signed in at present, it will let you to choose one to connect to MultCloud. Of course you can add more than one Google Drive accounts to MultCloud by repeating this process.
Then, Google will remind you of authorization to Google Drive from MultCloud. Just “Allow” it.
Note: MultCloud promises you not save or cache your data and files on its servers. It Accesses cloud drives with OAuth authorization and does not save your password. What’s more, its website connect and data transfer using 256-bit AES encryption for SSL just to protect the security of your personal data from leaking.
3. Add other cloud storages you want to manage on MultCloud. The steps are the same as add Google Drive above.
4. Finally, you can transfer, sync, copy, etc. contents in Google Drive folder to other clouds easily and without data loss.
- Of course, you can copy, transfer, sync, etc. files from other cloud drives to Google Drive.
- If you want to move pictures from Google Photos to other clouds, you have to first move these photos/videos from Google Photos tab to Google Drive tab for MultCloud can only access Google Drive folder.
- Besides sync, copy or transfer files between different clouds or between different accounts of same cloud drive, MultCloud also enables you to upload files from local to any cloud you added into MultCloud though it is manually, or upload to Google Drive from remote location; download from Google cloud to local computer; manage cloud files by deleting, renaming, sharing, etc. them.