How to backup Android photos

If for some reason you need to backup your Android phone photos and images you have come to the right place.

In this article I will go through a couple of different ways that you can backup the photos that you want to keep safe from harms way. You may think that your phone is the best cell phone in the world and that nothing can ever go wrong. If you follow these easy steps you can rest assured that your photos are backed up.

How to backup your Android phone photos and images

Backing up photos on Android phone the manual way


The first way we are going to go through is the manual way of taking backup of your Android Os cell phone images and photos.

Backing up Android photos the manual way

  1. Connect your phone to your computer through the USB cable that came with your phone.
  2. Open your computers file explorer. In Windows this can be done by right clicking the start menu and choosing file explorer.
  3. On the left side of the explorer window you can see you mobile phone name, go ahead and click it to start looking for your photos.
  4. The file structure can be different on different phones but your images will be there in a folder named pictures or something like that.
  5. If you can not find them try searching your phone by using *.png or *.jpg in the search field.
  6. Once you have found the pictures simply mark them all with the cursor and right click them.
  7. From the menu that appears choose copy or move depending on whether or not you want a copy to stay on your phone as well.
  8. through your explorer go to the place where you want to keep you backup and right click once more.
  9. Choose paste from the drop down menu that appears, and your files will start copying or moving to the new location.
  10. Found something useful why not

This concludes the manual way to move or copy your photos to your computer. A progress bar should appear witch shows the remaining time until your files are copied to you backup location.

If you think it is to much hassle to manually moving the files or if you would like an even safer backup for your images you could automate the process by using your Google plus profile page.

How to backup your Android photos using Google plus

Backing up photos automatically using Google plus

Automatically backing up Android cell phone photos using Google plus.

If you want to be pretty close to bullet proof safe that your photos are kept safe you could use some servise that backs up your photos to the cloud. In this case using Google plus to do so automatically. Before starting make sure you are connected to the Internet on your phone.

  1. Go to the apps folder on your phone.
  2. In the apps folder find and click the Google plus app to open it.
  3. Once Google plus has opened click the three dots in the upper right corner.
  4. From the drop down menu that appears click where it says settings.
  5. About in the middle of the screen click where it says Instant upload.
  6. In the upper right corner flick the switch to the right to enable photos to upload to your Google plus account.
  7. Once you have done this you will now be able to customize how and when the uploads will take place.
  8. If this was helpful why not

You should make a note of the fact that if you are not on a data plan with your cell phone carrier it could get quite expensive to upload all your images without using Wi-Fi. To make sure that you are not using mobile network when uploading the images and videos click on “when to upload photos” and “when to upload videos” and make sure that say over Wi-Fi only.

A third way is actually also available but I haven’t ever used it because I never saw the need. But if you would like to give it  a try there are a bunch of apps in the Google play store that claims to backup you photos for you. You can find them by searching the Google Play store for photo backup.

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About Bertil Hansen
I am the owner and main contributor to this website. Throughout the years I've owned an embarrassing number of Android phones. Too many to mention in fact. Lets just say it started with the HTC legend and I'm now on the Galaxy Note 4.

24 thoughts on “How to backup Android photos

  1. I have a Samsung S7 that I dropped and broke the screen. No display at all. I also use a security code so I can’t unlock it without the screen. I plug into my laptop and it show nothing to download. How can I get my photos off?

  2. My s6 is broken completely and I need to get my pics from that phone but I only have my email address nothing else help pls

  3. Easy solution: Go to onedrive and look at photos. Automatic prompt asks to backup photos to onedrive. Worked so fast and saved me headaches trying to find photos on google drive, or trying to find apps folder per instructions above or having to fill up harddrive and eat time with manual backups.

  4. Janella Benemile says:


    I have a problem on my samsung galaxy J1 phone. I hope you can resolve it. How can i bring back my photos, videos, and musics that is already deleted? I will be waiting for your response. Thank you!

  5. marc gwisdek says:

    Clearing phone data did resolve the problem for a person I had. Great article!

  6. Thank you for your advice on how tofind my photos, they were stored first on the SD card, looking under folder DCIM and empty, transferred all to the internal storage and same problem empty! But doing the search *.JPG helped find them. It was under folder HTC_MakeMoreSpace\Gallery

  7. I woke up in the middle of the night to a bright green light on my cell. it was a giant android shredding paper in its it looks as though it is a new phone everything is gone,including many many pictures and Verizon wont help me,what do I do or who can I go to? im an old granny so most sites I have gone to its all jibberish to me. my warranty is up on feb 17th. my late mom my grandkids cords being cut ! please help.all my family said take out the battery and get help but where? terri from eastside of Cleveland ohio

  8. Try Coolmuster Android Manager, I have used it to transfer messages from my android phone to computer. And it has some other functions, have a try, good luck!

  9. Why can’t I use kies with my s4 anymore? And my computer won’t recognize my phone?

  10. Another extremely convenient backup is to the external SD card.. Goto my files, to sd card, select all, select copy from the top menu, then select the ext SD card and it starts, at an incredible speed.

  11. I thought that I could use KIES as a way to back up photos etc is that true?

    • That is absolutely correct. You can backup most of your phone’s content by using Kies from Samsung. The reason I explained these ways instead is that I think it will be easier to restore them to another phone if for instance you where to switch phone brands. Like A HTC or LG or some other brand.

  12. Hello,

    I have a LOT of locked text messages on my galaxy G4. I started taking screen shots, however there are so many of them that it will take me so much time to complete it. How do I back up those text messages? The texts are all from one person, if that helps. I’d like to store them on my computer.

  13. David Defossez says:

    you can also use DROPBOX for android (free to download from the appstore)
    it will let you sync all (or only the selected) pictures to your Dropbox account.

    The only requirement of course is a Dropbox account.(free)

  14. You might wanna try too: it automates photos and videos backup to Flickr which now offers 1 terabyte of storage for FREE!

  15. Photos and videos take up the most storage.
    I’d use this android app TouchFree Photo HomeSync to backup photos to my web-server storage locally at home.

  16. Hi, I have a SG3 and I have been using it for just about everything I can think of. The one thing I want to know is how to backup the ENTIRE PHONE. this would mean downloaded and installed apps and SPECIALY my web links that I have fastidiously collected and catagorised over the past few months.

    I would hate to loose all that information.

    Can anyone help please?

    • Prakash Paul says:

      You could use chrome for android. It’s a great browser and keeps your links in sync across your phone, pc and tablet :)

    • says:

      You can use KIES for Samsung to backup all of your phone to your computer. I also recommend backing up photos to Google plus before doing this.

  17. also there is a good application I’ve been using for a while now called G cloud backup. It is pretty good and very easy to use.

    • Wow thanks for the tip. This app seems pretty decent. I checked it out in the play store and the user ratings for this back up app is almost through the roof. I might even install this one and give it a proper test. Would be even better if you could backup to a cloud storage of you choosing.

  18. I’ve had my Samsung galaxy s 2 for about a year and I really don’t no much about it. I can take pix, record,text message,and get music. But when it comes to doing anything with the files or anything else I just don’t no how to do things. Since I don’t have a computer or no how to use one its really hard for me to figure this stuff out!

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