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Automatically back up your Android phone photos to Google

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Here's how to easily and automatically back up your Android smart phone's photos to Google+ without having to share them with the world. This also gives you the opportunity to keep your photos with Google, where you have more free space than on Dropbox.

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Go to the Play Store on your Android smart phone, and make sure you have the latest version of the Google+ app. Touch "Update" if there's a more recent version available.

Launch Google+ on your phone. You may be prompted to login if you haven't used the app before.

Touch the G+ icon in the top left corner and select Photos.

Touch the menu button on your phone and select Settings.

Touch Auto-backups and switch Auto-backups to On, then set your desired options, such as whether to back up only over Wi-Fi and/or only when the phone is charging.

Press the escape/go back key until you return to your home screen.

Next, go to your computer and point your browser to http://plus.google.com. If you haven't used Google + before, you may have to go through some initial setup steps. When you get the Google+ home screen, click Home in the upper left corner, then Settings.

Recommended settings:

  • Upload photos at full size (counts against your Google Drive space but conserves the quality of your photos).
  • Turn off auto-enhance, which changes your photos automatically.
  • Leave "Auto Awesome" turned off.

Click Back to Google+. Then, you can click the Photos icon to view your photos.

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