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

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With improved technology and better Android smartphones, there is a lot more space that you can use to store your photos and videos. Unfortunately, you cannot rely only on your Android phone to do the safekeeping. First of all, space is limited on your device. It will start to lag behind or even start losing some of your data as time goes on. Also, someone could steal your Android phone, and your photos and videos would be lost with the device. At this point, backing up comes in.

If you have a solid Internet connection and don’t mind trusting your photos to the r Web, these five Android apps can automatically back up your photos and videos and will do their part to make sure your memories are safe and sound.

1. Google Photos

Google Photos houses all photos and videos on an Android phone. You can search the photos by places, things, and people who appear in that photo.

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You can set up an auto backup that applies to every photo or video that your device receives. When backed up, you can also access all your photos and videos from another device.

When you choose to back up on Google Photos, you can store up to 15 GB of data on a single account. When you opt for the Storage Saver option, the original size is maintained. However, if the photo is above 16MP, it is resized. This applies for videos above 1080p resolution, too.

With Express quality, the photos are stored at a lower quality. It saves more storage space than the Storage Saver Option. All photos are resized down to 3MP if needed, while videos are resized to 480p.

The Google Photos application backs up almost all image formats, such as PNG, GIF, JPG, and even RAW. For videos, the app supports both the standard and uncommon formats such as AVI, MOV, M4V, MPG, and MP4, among others.

2. Dropbox

Dropbox is the other cloud storage provider that 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.

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Dropbox offers free storage of data up to 2 GB of space.

3. OneDrive

You’ve picked up on the trend by now for sure. All of the most popular cloud storage providers are willing to store your photos automatically. If OneDrive is your backup solution of choice in Windows, you can try out its Android app too. OneDrive gives you 5 GB of storage for free. Users can upgrade to a different home or business plans to add more storage capacity.

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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.

4. Flickr

Flickr allows you to upload, edit, organize, and share photos globally from any device. It allows you to browse, select and organize several photos at a go and even share them in seconds.

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A flickr account allows you free space for 1000 photos and videos. You can auto-upload media files to maintain them safely in your Flickr camera roll. 

If you had not automatically uploaded the media files when you installed the application, you could still set it. Just go to Settings and click on the Auto-uploader option. Switch it from Off to On, then wait for all your files to be uploaded.

5. Mega

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If you have too many photos and videos saved on your device than any of these services are can handle for free, check out Mega. This storage solution provides 20 GB 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.

Your Memories Safely in the Cloud

These are, however, not the only applications to back up your photos in Android. There are many more cloud storage services with an auto uploading feature, like pCloud. Share with us which one is your favorite.

Rahul Nambiampurath
Rahul Nambiampurath

Rahul Nambiampurath started his career as an accountant but has now transitioned into working full-time in the tech space. He is an ardent fan of decentralized and open source technologies. When he's not writing, he's usually busy making wine, tinkering with his android device, or hiking some mountains.

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