iCloud alternative Data Backup
iCloud alternative Data Backup
We were recently looking at iCloud alternative data backup methods for the iPhone and iPad, it’s always a good idea to backup your data right.
Apple users get FREE 5GB of iCloud storage, ideal for backups of what is currently on your iPhone or iPad but this soon runs out, then you get the annoying storage almost full message, argh!
If you own the 16GB iPhone or iPad this can be a real pain storing everything on it, the time you have the iOS installed you don’t get that true 16GB of storage.
Apple users can upgrade iCloud storage to 50GB for an extra £0.79 per month, I think this is a good deal for the Gigabytes on offer and should cover the average user.
What other backup options are there?
Apple users can use Dropbox, OneDrive etc, Or Google Photos. With using Google Photos you can backup your pictures and videos stored on your iPhone or iPad.
If you have a Google account then you will have the Google Drive and Google Photos within your account, you just need to download the Google Photos App to your Apple device.
What does Google Photos offer?
Google Photos currently offer unlimited storage, this is great as it means you can store as many pictures and videos as possible FREE of charge, if you opt for the high quality option via the settings this does not use your Google Drive 15GB allowance.
Google have been offering unlimited storage through this method for awhile now, unsure if they will change this in the future and I wouldn’t be surprised if they did, for now it’s FREE though.
If you choose the high quality option you will still get good quality images, any device using a camera under 16MB should be fine, using original quality uses your 15GB Google Drive storage allowance.
Benefits of using Google Photos as iCloud alternative
The benefits of using Google Photos is your pictures and videos will be backed up to the cloud, if your iPhone or iPad suffers accidental damage and is beyond repair your important pictures and videos are there in the cloud waiting for you, nothing lost, phew!
The majority of users of the iPhone or iPad really care about important pictures and videos, memories that could not be replaced if lost forever if you have no backup, disaster!
We see this too often, people losing data when things go bad, with so many options there is no real excuse, just takes a little bit of your time which could save you a lot of upset in the long run.
Backup and take it easy!
What we do is use Google Photos purely for backing up our pictures and videos, once uploaded via the App we delete the pictures and videos on the device freeing up space.
We will do this by deleting pictures off the iPhone or iPad maybe once a week as they are now uploaded to Google Photos, we can access all pictures and videos via the App and if we need to use any we can just download individual pictures to the device in question.
If you wanted to go further with this you could download all the pictures from Google Photos to your computers hard drive or USB / NAS drive by accessing the Google Photos website.
Our Verdict on Google Photos
The only frustration we found with the Google Photos App was the amount of time it took to upload all of our pictures for the first time, it took several hours! so be warned if you have a larger Apple device it could take much longer.
Subsequent uploads don’t take as long as the App uploads as you take pictures. We do recommend you check before deleting them OFF your device however.
When the pictures upload to Google they are dated fully to show the day, month and year which is good, you can create your own named folders to put your pictures into.
For now the high quality storage is unlimited, hopefully this continues, worst case scenario if Google change their terms you would have to download the data to your computer hard drive or USB drive, I’m pretty certain they would give you notice of the change.
We personally think Google Photos is well worth looking into as an iCloud alternative, check out Google Photos and Visist Google Photos Website Here!