There are only 43 days left until June 1, 2021, when the free storage of Google Photos will end. Google Photos backup will continue to work, but it will be deducted from Google’s shared storage, which is 15 GB for free accounts. It’s a good time to look alternatives to save your photos.
Of all the alternatives to make a backup copy of your photos, Amazon Photos is one of the most solvent because, those who already pay for Amazon Prime, have unlimited storage without compression for photos. We show you how to set up and start using Amazon Photos backup on Android mobile.
What Amazon Photos has to offer
Before you start uploading your huge collection of photos to Amazon’s servers, it is important that check the fine print that Amazon Photos offers you, because there are a few nuances to consider. It’s not a perfect replacement for Google Photos, although the truth is none of its alternatives are.
First of all, Amazon Photos offers 5 GB of free storage for everyone, but the greatest interest of the app is for those who pay for Amazon Prime. Primary users have unlimited storage of photos in original format, without compression. Today, Amazon Prime has a cost of around 36 dollars per year with which you get several benefits.
The biggest drawback of Amazon Photos compared to Google Photos is that this unlimited storage only includes photos, not videos. You can also make a backup copy of your videos, but what they occupy will be deducted from your storage space, which is 5 GB free for everyone.
If you are already paying for Amazon Prime and want to back up your videos as well, you will need to purchase additional storage when the 5 GB is full. You can do this from the app itself, with prices ranging from 100GB for $ 1.99 per month to 1TB for $ 9.99 per month.
How to make a copy of your photos
A good point about Amazon Photos is that enabling backup is very easy. After installing the app, you need to log in with the Amazon account with an active Prime membership, then grant the mandatory permission to access all files on the mobile.
This is when an options window pops up where there are basically two settings: auto backup and mobile data. Auto save will take care of making a copy of your photos and videos without you having to do anything, while Mobile data It will be used to make the copy even if you do not have a Wi-Fi connection.
After pressing Clever, Amazon Photos will start scanning your mobile for photos and videos and you will likely see several confirmation windows, asking you if you want to include photos and videos from specific folders
At this point, Amazon Photos will already upload photos to its servers at full capacity, and you can see the status both from a notification on the mobile and from the tab After in the app. If you have a lot of photos and videos, it may take a few hours, depending on your internet connection.
This is the right time to go to Amazon Photos settings to modify some options that were not present in the start-up wizard. You will find the parameters in the tab After, by pressing Setting.
In the settings, a section that you will be interested in visiting is Save automatically, where you can turn off video backup (if you want) or configure the app to only back up when the mobile is connected to a charger.
From this same place, pressing Manage files you can choose what mobile folders you want to include in the backup and which are not, by checking and unchecking the box next to them.