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Google Photos: be careful don’t lose your photos!

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By default, Google Photos on Android creates backup copies of all photos and videos. However, everything does not always go the way we want. It is that in many cases we think that everything is really saved and then we have a surprise. I am talking about this due to a change that occurred in this application and that in practice stopped automatically saving everything that arrives to us through third party applications. Apparently what prompted Google to do this was the COVID-19 pandemic. The idea was to put less stress on the Internet.

Google Photos: Don’t risk running out of photos!

However, it is possible to re-activate everything manually and make sure that all contents are being saved. Please note that the instructions that we are going to give below already concern the new version of Google Photos that has just launched.

So let’s start by looking at the status of the backups in Google Photos.

Start by opening the Google Photos app on your Android smartphone. Below, click on the Library option.

Now you should click where Management says. It is in the upper right corner as shown in the image below.

Now, eventually, a lot will appear. Swipe to the bottom of the page and look for the option Back up device folders.

Now you will see that in many of them a cut cloud appears. This means that the backup was no longer made for these folders or never was.

To activate in Google Photos for Android is simple. Just click on the respective folder, in this case I chose Instagram and then activate the option where it says backup and synchronization.

You should repeat the process for all folders you want, including WhatsApp or others.

However, this leads us to another issue related to the backup. Should you choose high quality or original mode?

On the one hand, if we choose high quality, according to Google Photos, we have access to photo storage with a good visual quality and a small file size. The advantage is that it is unlimited.

On the other hand, if we want to keep the original size of the photos then they are kept at full resolution, without suffering any compression.

The idea in this article is to try to understand if it is worthwhile to opt for unlimited and free storage, or if we should opt for high quality.

Let’s look first at the most obvious differences in Google Photos for Android.

In the case of high quality, we have the supposed unlimited storage.
In this mode, photos are compressed to save space.

If a photo is larger than 16 megapixels, it is compressed to 16. On the video level, everything higher than 1080p is converted to 1080p.

I still want to make an aside. This issue of unlimited storage is not so.

Recently, although there are no limits, I have reached them. This means that I had to pass a certain amount in order to save more photos. At this time I opted for a storage capacity of 100GB.

It is not that it is a sham in terms of price. 100GB per month costs 1.99 Euros. It is my current plan. On the other hand, 200GB costs 2.99 Euros and 2TB 9.99 Euros. There are also options up to 30TB with a price of 299 Euros. Of course, this is already overkill for the vast majority of users.

However, with their original quality, photos and videos are kept at their original resolution.

You can read more about it here.

If you are not already using the latest version of Google Photos for Android, update now on here.

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