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Here’s how to backup and manage your Google+ photos in Google Drive

For a long time, users of Google+ have had to back up their pictures to Google Drive manually by clicking the Share button and sending them over to their cloud storage account.

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However, in the latest round of Google updates, pictures that are uploaded to Google+ will also be automatically backed up to the user’s Google Drive account. This will be accessible via a new tab in the Google Drive menu, under the heading ‘Google Photos.’ You are also able to back up and sort your pictures into files on your ‘My Drive’ section. You needn’t worry about wasting valuable space in your Drive account either, because even if you back up your pictures in the two different places, it only registers one photo-worth of storage space. This tutorial will show you how to locate your My Photos section and make the most of your storage space.

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1. Set up accounts

Go to the Google Play store and download Google Drive onto your phone. If you haven’t already, set up a Google+ account as well and upload your photos to it. Once you’ve uploaded a picture, it should automatically get added to your Google Drive account.

 

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2. Find your photos

Load up your Google Drive account and click the hamburger menu in the top left corner. You should see an option titled Google Photos. If not, you may have to update your phone’s operating system or the Google Drive app. Click on Google Photos and it should show you all your Google+ pictures.

 

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3. Manage your pictures

If there are certain pictures you don’t need or want to have added to your Google Drive account, it is very easy to get rid of them. Long press on any image and an action box will appear at the bottom of the screen, letting you either delete or move them.

 

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4. Sort them out

Once they have been saved into your chosen folder, you can sort them easily. Press your phone’s menu button and that will bring up a range of options to sort your photos via date added and last opened, among others. This should help you find pictures much more quickly than before.

 

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5. Sort them out

As you are able to add videos and other documents to your Drive, your folders could start to get a bit large and tricky to navigate. While in your chosen folder, press your phone’s menu button again, press Filter By and you can elect to show just specific files, helping your search.

 

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6. Filter your search

As you are able to add videos and other documents to your Drive, your folders could start to get a bit large and tricky to navigate. While in your chosen folder, press your phone’s menu button again, press Filter By and you can elect to show just specific files, helping your search.

 

 

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