Google Photos now lets you manually back up photos on Android

Written by Jaivik Shah

Google Photos automatically backs up photos to the cloud, which is a convenient way of making sure you never lose your memories. But sometimes you want to make sure  a photo is backed up right now, in which case you were out luck.

That’s changing today – if you use Android, at least.  You can now back up photos anytime by selecting the images you want, tapping the menu button, and tapping ‘Back up now.’

It’s a small but useful update, particularly if you’d rather only back up a specific set of photos on your own time, or if you don’t have access to WiFi.

Google Photos does let you back-up over your mobile network, but since that’s automated, you run the risk of hitting data caps if you’re on a regulated plan – manual back up gives you the option of only saving the photos you want, when you want them.

The updated Google Photos is rolling out to the Play Store now.

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