Not too long ago I was talking with someone who had a hard drive crash and lost all their family photos. And my first thought was that could happen to anyone including myself. So I went straight home and looked for the fastest, easiest, least expensive way I could find to backup all 60,000+ of our family photos. Fortunately I didn’t have to look for long. We use Picasa to manage all our photos and one of the first things I learned was that Google will give you unlimited storage space for your photos*.
*If you’re signed up for Google+, photos up to 2048×2048 pixels and videos up to 15 minutes long won’t count towards this free storage limit. And Google will automatically resize photos for you when you upload them to Google+, so they stay under the free size limit.
If you’re looking for a simple, easy to use setup for managing your photos that also gives you free, unlimited backups get Picasa and sync your photos to Google+
When you first install Picasa it will scan your computer for any photos you have and organize them for you. To make a backup of your photos go to the Tools menu and select Batch Upload…
Then on the next screen you can select which picture folders you want to upload to Google Plus. Choose your preferences and you’re off! Super easy backups!
If you already use another program to manage your photos or just don’t want to mess with Picasa for any reason you can still upload all your photos to Google Plus. Check out this complete guide to Google Plus photos or this one from Google for all the nitty gritty details.
And don’t forget your smartphone photos! Another really handy thing Google+ can do is automatically backup the photos from your smartphone. If you’ve ever run out of storage space and had to manually move your photos off your phone you’ll really love this. Just install the iOS or Android app and login with your Google+ credentials. Then follow the steps for your device below to enable Auto-Backup of your photos. Set it and forget it.