How to backup images in device folders to Google Photos

Take control of whether or not to save your screenshots, Instagram photos, or other groups of images.

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Derek Walter

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Google Photos is a great way to back up and organize all your images, though you still need to do a little bit of legwork if you want to capture everything

That’s because Android organizes images that are saved from different apps into folders. So if you want to save screenshots, Instagram pictures, or photos from other social networks, you need to go through a few steps.

First, launch Google Photos and open the navigation drawer on the left. 

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Fire up the slide-out menu to start picking which device folders you want to save.

Then, touch Device folders. You’ll see photos from all the different sources available on your phone. Those with the blue icon and “up” arrow are backed up. Those with the line through the cloud aren’t.

google photos device folders

Google Photos pulls in all of the different folders and lets you save them to your account.

To direct Google Photos to automatically backup images from your Snapchat, Instagram, or another folder just touch on the cloud icon and you’ll see it turn blue. 

The backup should start right away, unless you’ve set Google Photos to only do this on Wi-Fi. Along with backing up your existing images from that folder, new ones will automatically be saved into Google Photos.

To turn off backup, just repeat the process and touch the cloud icon. The already backed-up images will remain, but new ones won’t be saved to Google Photos.

Check out our Android Tipbot section for more tricks to master your Android phone.

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