Storage is a big concern for iPad users – there simply isn’t enough storage on the iPad. You need to move your photos off your iPad to clear up space for new photos, videos and apps.
Storage is also a problem when it comes to backing up your iPad. Apple only gives you 5GB of online storage for free. The best way to back up your iPad on a regular basis is to back up all your data and settings to iCloud except for your photos and videos – those need to be stored elsewhere. That’s where Google Drive comes in. Google gives users 15GB of storage for free (students get 30GB), which is perfect for backing up photos from the iPad.
Before you start, you will need to know your Google Drive account information (email address and password), and you will need to have the Google+ app installed on your iPad.
Now let’s begin.
- First, open the Google+ App on your iPad (or iPhone or Android phone) and sign in using your personal Google account.
- Next, tap the Settings button in the top right of your home screen. It looks like a gear. In the picture below, it is the gear icon at the top of the photo of the old church.
- Next, tap the Camera and Photos setting.
- Next, tap Auto Backup under the Camera heading.
- Move the slider next for Auto Backup to On (which turns the slider bar a green color). There are other settings on this page that you can ignore at this point but you should consider changing later. To learn about each of those settings, go to Google’s Help Forum page. Click the Back arrow when you are done with this page.
- With Auto Backup turned on, several new options appear on the Camera and Photos page. Auto Enhance tells Google to enhance each photo. I leave this turned off because I want to have the original photo that I can choose to modify later. Auto Awesome is literally awesome! It will add effects to your photos where it finds it to be appropriate. Have a photo of you outside with snow on the ground? It will add falling snow to your photo – literally, animated snow will continue to fall. Awesome! You still retain the original photo because the Awesomed photo is created in addition to the original.
That’s it! All of your photos will back up each time your iPad is connected to Wi Fi. They are stored online so all of your photos are still accessible on your iPad, but now you can delete the originals to clear some room for other things on your iPad.
Refer to Google’s Help Forum page titled Turn Auto Backup on or off for more information on all the settings related to backing up photos from your iPad. These directions will work with other devices, too, including your cell phone.