Backup photos and videos on your phone using Google Photos and Amazon Photos

Keeping a backup of the photos and videos you take from your mobile device is an important thing to think about, but something most normally don’t think about until after it’s too late. Sadly, I admit, I’m in this statistic as well.

A few years ago I wrote up a post about using Dropbox to backup photos on an Android phone. But now there are a few more players in the game to help you backup photos on your mobile device. Here’s a couple more options.

NOTE: This post focuses on Android but the apps are also available on iPhone.

Google Photos (Apple version) and Amazon Photos (Apple version) both offer automatic backup options to backup photos and videos from your mobile device. Here are some examples setting up these apps.


Enabling 2-step verification on your Google account

Want to add another layer of security to your Google account – try enabling “2-step verification”.

Some things to understand before enabling 2-step verification for your Google account:

  • Certain applications won’t work with your normal Google password with 2-step verification enabled. These applications include:
    • Smartphone (Android, iPhone, etc) email apps
    • Email clients that use IMAP/POP (Outlook Express, Thunderbird, etc)
    • Chat clients (Google talk)
  • Anytime you log into your Google account from a different computer than you’ve specified as a trusted computer – more on this below