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I have been wanting to back up my data for a while now and been looking at the measly allocations that all of the providers give you for free. Then I looked more closely at Google Drive and noticed that all photos below 1080p don't count towards the allocated space (which was all of my photos) so you get free photo storage online. I know other services are available but along with Google Drive and BT Cloud I managed to back up all of my photos/videos and music data for free! Thought it was worth mentioning to those like me who didn't realise this.

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If you install the google photos app then what you are saying is easily found in settings - Auto backup options.

Use Flickr (Yahoo), you get 1TB of free storage.

Some people dont realise this?

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Rich069

Some people dont realise this?


Maybe just me then?

Worth posting for people who weren't aware.

Really photos below 1080 don't count towards your allowance, bizarre?

I'd hazard a guess that 8 out of 10 cats (& humans) won't know this.

Google's official stance (taken from HERE):

^^Space used depends on your storage setting and which product you use.

• Items uploaded via Google Drive count against your storage quota, regardless of size.

• Items uploaded via Google Photos:

.........• Don't use quota if they're stored in "High quality."
.........• Do use quota if they're stored in "Original quality." ^^

Only issue with this app is it doesn't seem to automatically back up on my phone any more. I have to open the app regularly when plugged in and connected to WiFi (yes, I know I can change that). It may be my phone is stopping it backing up, but I'm sure when I first installed it, the app backed up in the background.

liamf12

Only issue with this app is it doesn't seem to automatically back up on … Only issue with this app is it doesn't seem to automatically back up on my phone any more. I have to open the app regularly when plugged in and connected to WiFi (yes, I know I can change that). It may be my phone is stopping it backing up, but I'm sure when I first installed it, the app backed up in the background.



Mines a bit hit and miss (p8 lite), just like whatsapp notifications where for a while.

Actually, Google Photos 'High Quality' option is 16MP (4920×3264) - not 1920x1080. Anything larger than this will automatically be resized when uploaded (unless you select 'original quality').

It's videos which are resized to 1080p (if they are higher).

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liamf12

Only issue with this app is it doesn't seem to automatically back up on … Only issue with this app is it doesn't seem to automatically back up on my phone any more. I have to open the app regularly when plugged in and connected to WiFi (yes, I know I can change that). It may be my phone is stopping it backing up, but I'm sure when I first installed it, the app backed up in the background.


You may have backup only when charging switched on in settings.

dereklogan7

You may have backup only when charging switched on in settings.



​I do have it set to that but it never uploads when plugged in and connected to WiFi. I have to open the app all the time. Just a little annoying.

ne0prene

I have been wanting to back up my data for a while now and been … I have been wanting to back up my data for a while now and been looking at the measly allocations that all of the providers give you for free. Then I looked more closely at Google Drive and noticed that all photos below 1080p don't count towards the allocated space (which was all of my photos) so you get free photo storage online. I know other services are available but along with Google Drive and BT Cloud I managed to back up all of my photos/videos and music data for free! Thought it was worth mentioning to those like me who didn't realise this.



Surely you mean 1080p videos, 1080p in photo terms = 2.0 mega pixels. High chance if you've been taking digital photos in the past decade, they've been better than 2.0mp :P

Cheers never new this.

You can also upload up to 20,000 tracks to Google if you want to store your music online. Most formats work (including lossless formats like FLAC), Google will convert them to MP3 (and reduce it to 320mbps if your file is higher bitrate).
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