Back Up Your Photographs Automatically With These 8 Tools

Sherwin Coelho 24-03-2017

Photos on your PC can contain a treasure trove of memories. One of the best ways to ensure you never lose them is by backing them up. Thankfully, there are tons of useful tools that let you make backups of all the photos on your PC. We’ve listed our top eight.


All the services mentioned have corresponding websites and/or apps that let you access your photos as soon as they’re backed up, which usually takes a few seconds. While our list contains many familiar names, there are a few tools that may not be as common, but have features worth exploring.

Most of the tools provide gigabytes worth of storage space for free, but there are a few subscription services. To help you make an informed decision, we have added our verdict after each tool so you can determine whether it best suits your needs.

1. Google Photos Desktop Uploader

Free Storage Space: 15 GB (includes Google Drive and Gmail)

It’s hard to imagine that Google Photos has been around for less than two years because it’s become an indispensable backup tool to many. During setup, the app gives you the option to back up photos and videos saved in various PC locations (including your desktop, devices you connect to your PC, and the My Pictures folder). You can also add other PC locations whose photos you want to back up.

Google Photos Desktop Uploader


Google Photos has two photo size options: High quality reduces the file size of your original photos but gives you unlimited storage space, while Original counts against your storage space but files will be uploaded in their original size. As Google gives you a generous 15 GB of free storage space, I recommend selecting Original to enjoy your photos in the way you’ve snapped them.

Hint: You can always create and use a second Google account to double this storage space. Alternatively, you can buy more storage space. Plans start at $1.99 per month for 100 GB or $9.99 per month for 1 TB.

We’ve explained how you can make Google Photos work for you How to Make Google Photos Work for You with These Tips Google Photos could be the much-awaited solution to manage all your photos. But is it the best among all online photo sharing sites? Read More , shown you how to use it to back up, organize, and edit your photos Get Free Unlimited Photo Storage & More with Google Photos If you aren't using these hidden Google Photos features, you're really missing out. (Hint: There's free and unlimited photo storage!) Read More , and even how to use it as the perfect vacation companion How to Use Google Photos as the Perfect Vacation Companion Holidays are a time to remember, where you capture memories that you want to cherish forever. Using Google Photos will ensure that your favorite moments are saved for a long time to come Read More .

Verdict: Google Photos is a fantastic tool for the everyday smartphone user. It has a generous amount of storage space and gives you the option to organize and edit your files across a wide range of devices.


2. Flickr Pro

Free Storage Space: 1 TB

Although its popularity has waned in the last few years, Flickr still remains a great place to display your photos because of its loyal and enthusiastic photographer base. A free account gets you a humongous 1 TB of storage, but you’ll need to upload photos via its website.

Flickr Pro

To back up photos on your PC, you’ll need to sign up for a Pro account (starting at $5.99 per month or $49.99 a year). This lets you install and use its Desktop Auto-Uploadr tool. It also promises an ad-free browsing experience and gives you advanced stats on your photos — including which photos are currently trending and what’s driving people to your photos.


Apart from hosting your photos, Flickr has other useful features More Than Photo Sharing: 5 Unique Uses for Flickr Flickr is best known as one of the easiest ways to share and store your photos online. We've come up with a few unique ways you can get more out of Flickr that go beyond... Read More and brilliant free tools that let you download all your Flickr photos 3 Awesome Tools to Download Flickr Photos & Sets Although many people now use Facebook or Google's Picasa to share and backup photos online, there are still plenty of people who prefer to keep on using Flickr for one reason or another. Read More . This is handy if you want to back them up somewhere else.

Verdict: Even though it comes at a slight cost, a Flickr Pro subscription makes sense if you’re an avid photographer because it’ll back up all your high-resolution photos with ease.

3. Photo Transfer App

Storage Space: Not mentioned (requires Pro subscription)

There are many apps that let you instantly send photos from one device to another. However, Photo Transfer App (yes, that’s what it’s called) is the only one we know of that that also lets you back-up your photos. By default, the app lets you transfer five files at a time for free.


Photo Transfer App

Upgrading to its Pro version (which costs $4.99) removes this limit and gives you the option to back up photos on your PC. You can set your folder backup path by clicking its Settings icon at the bottom-right of the program.

It’s easy to transfer any photos you’ve backed up to your PC to the Photo Transfer app on your devices. Just use the Discover Devices button on the program. The program will detect any devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network and let you transfer the photos you want.

Verdict: Photo Transfer App took a while to detect our devices. However, it’s useful if you want to back up photos from your Amazon devices and a Mac because most of the other tools don’t support those devices.

Cloud Storage Options

There are many familiar, free, and reliable cloud storage services that back up your photos. The ones mentioned below all work in a similar way. They add useful PC folders, desktop shortcuts, and icons in your PC’s taskbar for easy access. This notification area icon is important because it also lets you access the program’s Preferences (or Settings) section from where you can check and change its default behaviors.

The best part about using a cloud storage service is that backing up photos is mostly just a case of dropping them into the relevant folder that you want. After that’s done, you can instantly access all your photos from another PC that has the same program, the respective tool’s website, or its free Android and iOS apps.

4. Google Drive

Free Storage Space: 15 GB (includes Google Photos and Gmail)

If you prefer using a cloud storage option instead of Google Photos, then Google Drive is your best bet. Installing the program also adds Google’s Office-equivalent tools (Docs, Sheets, and Slides) on your PC.

Google Drive

Unlike Google Photos, it’ll start downloading all the files in your Google Drive account to your PC, so you can access them at your convenience. You can change which of these files you want to download using the Preferences option in your PC’s notification area. We’ve written a detailed guide on Google Drive The Only Google Drive Guide You'll Ever Need to Read Google Drive is the perfect combination of online file storage and document management tools. We explain how to best use Google Drive on- and offline, by yourself and in collaboration with others. Read More and also told you how to find anything stored within your account 7 Google Drive Search Tips to Help You Find Anything Is your Google Drive a mess? Find everything easier with our help. Google's search operators can find almost anything, including text in images (OCR) or photos based on content, e.g. your dog. Read More .

Verdict: It’s a good alternative to Google Photos and brilliant if you’re tied into Google’s ecosystem because it comes pre-installed on all Android devices and Chromebooks.

5. OneDrive

Free Storage Space: 5 GB

Microsoft’s default cloud storage service comes pre-installed on all Windows 10 PCs. For earlier versions, it’s easy to install as a separate program.


Right-click its PC notification icon, then click Settings. Here, you’ll see options to automatically save photos and videos to your OneDrive account whenever you connect a device to your PC. This screen’s tabs also has options to let you select which folders’ files you want to back up, save media files from devices you connect to your PC, and automatically save your screenshots to OneDrive.

Recently Microsoft has improved the service. The best example of this is its web and app interfaces that now have a dedicated Photos section where you’ll find all the photos you backed up, neatly arranged by date. We’ve told you how to best use OneDrive your Windows 10 PC How to Substitute OneDrive Smart Files in Windows 10 Microsoft broke OneDrive on Windows 10 for power users. The removal of placeholders, also known as smart files, has disappointed many users who upgraded from Windows 8.1. We have compiled several workarounds. Read More .

Verdict: It’s probably a default app on your PC, so you might as well put its 5 GB of storage space to good use.

6. Dropbox

Free Storage Space: 2 GB

Dropbox was one of the earliest cloud-storage programs. Even today, it’s still a competent service despite offering the least amount of free storage space. Maybe that’s because it’s constantly adding useful new features 15 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Dropbox Cloud storage services have come and gone, but Dropbox is probably the one that's been here the longest. And now it has upped its game with a host of new features. Let's explore. Read More .

Its PC notification icon displays all your recent notifications and files you’ve uploaded (or made changes to) in a list. You can even copy the link for any of these files to quickly share it with others. Its Preferences section (also accessible through the notification icon) lets you automatically upload your photos, videos, and screenshots to the service.

Verdict: The default storage space it offers remains its only major Achilles heel. Otherwise, it’s a flawless program.

7. iCloud

Free Storage Space: 5 GB

Anything that starts with a small “i” is obviously Apple-related. Thankfully, iCloud works on Windows PCs too. The program takes a few minutes to install and you’ll need to restart your PC to complete the installation.


Annoyingly, iCloud also installs some of Apple’s additional junk, but that’s probably a small price to pay if you’re tied into the Apple ecosystem. We’ve explained how to use it to sync data between your iPhone and Windows PC How to Use the iCloud Control Panel to Sync Data Between Your iPhone & Windows Do you regularly work on a Windows computer. And are you looking for a way to keep your iPhone data in sync? The iCloud Control Panel could be the tool you've been looking for. Read More .

Verdict: Even though it’s a good service, it’s only worth using if you mainly use Apple devices and a Windows PC.

8. Amazon Drive

Free Storage Space: 5 GB (requires Amazon Prime subscription)

Amazon Prime users have tons of benefits 10 Awesome Amazon Prime Benefits You've Probably Overlooked Free two-day shipping is just the beginning. Here are some notable Amazon Prime subscription benefits you may not know about. Read More . One of the most underrated is Amazon Drive, which gives you 5 GB of storage space for your photos, videos, and other files. When you first install Amazon Drive you can choose which PC folders you want to sync with your account.

Amazon Drive

Confusingly, it has a service called Prime Photos which are only available as Android and iOS apps. This has unlimited photo storage space and is a better place to back up and organize photos on your device. But because it’s not available as a separate PC program, you’ll need to manage any photos you’ve uploaded via the apps using the Amazon Drive program.

Verdict: Amazon Drive’s photo search tools are under-baked compared to some of the other options on this list. That said, Prime Photos is a great option for backing up photos on your devices.

What’s Your Favorite Backup Tool?

While our personal favorite photo backup program is Google Photos, each of the tools we mentioned give you different ways to achieve the same result. They all work as advertised and serve slightly different purposes. Ultimately, which service you find useful all comes down to few deciding factors — namely storage space, convenience, and familiarity.

The best part about having such a wide variety of reliable photo backup tools at your disposal is that you can easily use multiple services or multiple accounts on the same service to instantly maximize your storage space.

Which of these PC tools do you consider invaluable for backing up your photos? Is there a useful program we missed? Let us know by posting your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. Anna
    April 3, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Mediafire offers 55GB free space.

  2. hometoy
    March 24, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    I use 2;
    I use ownCloud to synchronize to my local server (FOSS web-based server that includes a synchornizing client to YOUR server so the space available depends on the hard drive YOU put in it).
    Then I have Google Photo Backup upload the "High Quality" version into Google Photos (since it is unlimited storage space that way).

    This way I have an original version locally stored (ownCloud) so it is quick and easy to access and I have as much space as I am willing to give it (TB!).

    Plus I have an online backup in case of disasters, as well as an easy means to share with other people.

    • Suzanne Kilmer
      March 26, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      Hometoy, would love a quick step by step on how to set up owncloud. Can you direct me to a good link? Thanks. I can be reached at skilmer through gmail :)