How to do automatic iPhone photo backups

Make sure you always have a backup of your important photos and videos with these cloud backup options.

You’re probably armed with the best iPhone, like the iPhone 12 Pro that has amazing camera capabilities. This means you can capture pretty much anything on video or even a photo, whether it’s a special occasion, something crazy that you’re witnessing, or just everyday moments. Because these photos and videos can be super important to you, it’s critical that you have a failproof iPhone photo backup method, whether it’s an automatic once-a-day thing, or just when you have some time to upload everything at once.

Here is how to set up iPhone photo backups with five services.

iCloud Photo Library

Apple has a built-in photo backup service available for all iCloud users, which is appropriately called iCloud Photo Library. However, to make the most of this, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve upgraded to a paid iCloud plan, because the paltry 5GB that Apple gives for free definitely is not enough, especially if you like using iCloud backups for your iPhone or iPad itself.

For iCloud plans, Apple provides three options: 50GB for $0.99 a month, 200GB for $2.99 a month, and 2TB for $9.99 a month. You also get iCloud storage as part of the Apple One bundles, which may be a better value if you use any of Apple’s other services.

If you have an iCloud plan with enough storage to backup your photos, here’s how to use iCloud Photo Library.

    1. Launch Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
    2. Tap your Apple ID banner at the top.
    3. Tap iCloud.
    4. Tap Photos.
    5. Turn the toggle for iCloud Photos to ON.
    6. Optionally, you can turn the toggle for My Photo Stream to ON as well.

The difference between iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream is a big one. iCloud Photo Library automatically uploads and stores all photos and videos into iCloud, so you can browse, search, and share from any device that is logged in with that Apple ID. However, Photo Stream just uploads the last 30 days of new photos and videos so you can view them on other devices, but they are not automatically saved to your library — you’ll need to download them manually if you want to save them on another device.

Once you have turned on iCloud Photo Library or even My Photo Stream, it may take a while to upload everything. And whenever you have a new photo or video from that point forward, it should be uploaded automatically.


Dropbox is one of the better-known cloud services that has become ubiquitous with “cloud storage.” In fact, it’s what I’ve been using for years on all of my computers, phones, and tablets. And Dropbox makes it easy to automatically upload your smartphone’s photos and videos to the cloud, as long as you have enough space. Plans for Dropbox start at $11.99 a month for 2TB of space and go up from there. You can view all of their pricing information on the Dropbox website. A free account only gets you 2GB of storage, so it’s well worth looking into a paid Dropbox plan.

  1. Launch the Dropbox app on your smartphone.
  2. Log in with your account information.
  3. Tap Account in the bottom toolbar.


Source : imore