How to Backup iPhone Photos to Google Photos for Free

Apple offers only 5GB of iCloud storage for free, which is too little to host all the photos and videos. Stop backing up your entire iOS device. Of course, you can always upgrade to the premium iCloud storage plan (starting at $0.99 per month for 50GB), but not everyone wants to buy a subscription. This is where Google Photos becomes a viable alternative for those who want to store their entire photo library in cloud storage for better management and universal accessibility. If this is you, follow along to learn how you can back up your iPhone and iPad photos to Google Photos for free.

Backup iPhone and iPad Photos to Google Photos for Free

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What Happens When You Upload Your Photos/Videos to Google Photos?

When you upload your photos/videos to Google Photos, these automatically compressed to save space. For example, if your videos are higher than 1080p, they will be resized to 1080p. Similarly, all images larger than 16MP will be resized to 16MP.

A photo of 16MP or less (and a video of 1080p or less) may appear close to the original quality. Be warned that some information, such as subtitles, may be lost. So keep these shortcomings in mind before using Google Photos’ “unlimited free storage” feature.

What If You Want to Upload Original Quality Photos/Videos to Google Photos?

You can choose to upload your original quality photos and videos to Google Photos. Note, however, that these will be covered by Google’s limited free cloud storage plan. The search giant is currently offering 15GB of free storage shared between Gmail, Google Photos and Google Drive.

Google’s storage plan starts at $1.99 per month for 100GB.

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Upload Google Photos to your iPhone or iPad

To get started, make sure you have Google Photos installed on your iOS or iPadOS device. To do this, in Go to the App Store and then search for Google Photos. Next, install the application. Her free and requires iOS 11 or later.

How to Backup iPhone or iPad Photos/Videos to Google Photos

1. Start Google Photos application on your device.

Launch Google Photos

2. Now sign in using your account. google account and then tap on (your Google account name).

Google Photos

4. Next, High quality option and tap on To approve. Now all your iPhone or iPad photos will start backing up to Google Photos.

Choose High Quality


  • As mentioned, you also have the option to upload photos in original quality. Be sure to check the available storage for your Google Account before choosing this option.
  • There is an option to “Use mobile data when no Wi-Fi”. If you have enough bandwidth, turn the switch on to make sure photos and videos don’t stop loading when Wi-Fi isn’t working or unavailable.

Make the Most of Google Photos’ Unlimited Free Storage

This is how you can import your iPhone/iPad photos or videos to Google Photos. Sure, there are some caveats, but the option to have unlimited cloud storage for free is great. What do you say about this? Shoot your thoughts in the comments below.

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