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Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff.

I’ve owned iPhone after iPhone. Ever since my first iPhone 5c, I’ve never backed it up to iCloud — and for no good reason, really. It was just something I refused, which resulted in countless notifications from Apple saying it’s been “87,359 weeks since I last backed up my iPhone.” 

I could no longer face the notifications accusing me of being a terrible iPhone user, so I looked into what this whole “iCloud” thing was about only to find out you get just 5GB of free storage. Bearing in mind, I was about 30GB over the free limit. Now, the only thing on my iPhone that I care about are my 5,000+ pictures, so I decided to use Google Photos and I’ve never looked back. 

Google Photos, which is available on both Android and iOS, automatically backs up 15GB worth of photos and videos for free. Or if you need more memory, subscriptions start at just $1.99/month for 100GB or $2.99/month for 200GB. 

Once uploaded, you can delete them from your phone it’s really as easy as that. Here’s everything you need to know to get started: 

  • Whether you’re using Android or iOS, head to your devices app store and download “Google Photos.”
  • Once downloaded, you’ll be asked to sign into your Gmail account, or to create an account — this is the email where all your photos and videos will be backed up to, so choose carefully.
  • Once logged in, the Back Up & Sync screen will appear. Make sure this toggle is turned on (you’ll know it’s enabled when the button is blue).
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