5 Android Apps that Will Automatically Back Up Your Photos and Videos for Free

Want to have your Android device’s photos automatically backed up as soon as you take them? If you have a solid Internet connection and don’t mind trusting your photos to the web, these five cloud storage providers will do their part to make sure your memories are safe and sound without any effort on your part.

1. Google+ Photos

Google+ is one of two options you’re likely to see when setting up a new Android device. Chances are that you signed in with a Google account during the setup process, so you already have everything you need to back up your images. Just click on the Photos app, which serves as your main gallery app on stock Android devices.


At first launch, it will ask you if you want to automatically back up photos to Google+. You can store an unlimited number of them on the social network, but if you want to preserve the original image quality, you should opt to use your Drive storage space instead. You get 15GB of space free, which is enough for thousands of photos.

2. Dropbox

Dropbox is the other cloud storage provider that often comes pre-installed on some Android devices. When you first launch the app, it gives you the option to instantly save your pictures. Doing so will upload them to a folder labeled “Camera Uploads” inside your Dropbox.


Alternatively, you can install Carousel, a gallery app for viewing photos saved in Dropbox. It stores images in the same place as the main app, but it provides a better interface for browsing through them.


Either way, you get 2GB of storage with a free account.

3. OneDrive

Yup, you’ve picked up on the trend by now. All of the most popular cloud storage providers are willing to store your photos automatically. So if OneDrive is your backup solution of choice and you haven’t tried out the Android app, give it an install. You will find the same option to instantly back up your photos and videos that the competition has. You can then browse through them within the app via a traditional grid view.


Like Google Drive, you get 15GB of space to work with for free.

4. Copy


If you don’t like the aforementioned brands, consider Copy. This cloud storage app offers the same backup options you’re looking for, a basic interface, and the ability to cast any of your photos or videos to a Chromecast. With 15GB of space available for free, what’s there to complain about?

5. Mega

So you have too many photos and videos saved on your device than any of these services are willing to handle for free. In that case, you should check out Mega. This storage solution provides 50GB of free space to its users. That’s enough space for many folks to get by on without having to jump up to a larger plan.


Final Thoughts

There you go, five cloud storage providers that will all automatically back up the photos and videos you take with your Android device without charging you for the service. But these aren’t the only options out there – the feature has become common over the past couple of years, so when you’re considering a new service, be sure to hunt around for it.

Chime in below if there’s another automatic backup solution you’re eager to recommend.

Bertel King, Jr.

Bertel is a tech blogger and independent novelist who puts perhaps a tad too much trust in Google. He’s loved Android since the moment he got his eager hands on his first device -- if not sooner -- and has understood the Chromebook Pixel from day one.You can follow his work at bertelking.com.


  1. What about “Sweet Home” Great app to send pictures to your NAS at the moment is sees your home wifi network. It’s free.

  2. thanks for the “Sweet home” recommendation….my wife needs something like that. Will it move or just copy the files automatically?

  3. A good list, thanks for sharing. Any idea which one of these is the cheapest for unlimited life time backup from mobile?

  4. @Marcel
    Thanks so much for clueing me in to Sweet Home. I had never heard of it, but it is awesome! I had been doing manual backup of pics and vids for my phone and my wife’s, but this makes things so simple. Plug in to charge before bed, and everything is backed up to the NAS in the morning.

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