How to Back Up iPhone Photos and Videos to the Cloud


Apple’s iPhone doubles as an excellent digital camera, making it easy to capture high-quality photos and videos wherever you go. However, those images can quickly clutter your iPhone’s internal storage, forcing you to eventually part ways with some of your most cherished pictures in the name of free space. Fortunately, there are ways to hang on to your photos while still clearing out your phone’s memory. Here’s how to utilize cloud storage to back up your iPhone’s pictures and video clips.

Using iCloud (Photos Only)

The easiest way to back up photos and videos on your iPhone is through iCloud, Apple’s built-in online storage solution. Apple’s service provides 5GB of free storage. 

1. Open Settings.

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2. Select iCloud.

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3. Select Photos.

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4. Switch “My Photo Stream” to on. Your camera roll will now automatically sync to the cloud.

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Using Dropbox (Photos Only)

Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud solutions around, providing 2GB of free storage.

1. Download Dropbox from the App Store and open the app.

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2. Select the Settings icon at the bottom right of the screen.

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3. Select Camera Upload.

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4. Toggle Camera Upload on. Your camera roll will sync with Dropbox every time you open the app.

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Using Google Drive (Photos and Videos)

A dependable alternative for cloud storage, Google Drive gives you a whopping 15GB of free space. 

1. Download Google Drive from the App Store and open the app.

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2. Tap the “+” icon at the top right of the screen.

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3. Select “Upload Photos or Videos.”

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4. Choose a photo source.

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5. Select all images and videos you want uploaded to Google Drive and tap the checkmark at the top right of the screen. Your pictures and videos will now upload to Google Drive. 

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6. To access images and videos you’ve sent to Google Drive, navigate to “On My iPhone” from the main menu and select Uploads.

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Michael Andronico
Michael Andronico
A devout gamer and tech enthusiast, Mike Andronico joined the Laptop team in July 2013. With a B.A. in Journalism from Purchase College and experience at GameNGuide, Examiner and 2D-X, Mike tackles everything from iPhone rumors to in-depth hardware reviews.
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