How to control Google Photos backup using Desktop Uploader app?
Update: New desktop uploader dubbed Backup and Sync is out. The company is now recommending users to use this app for their Google Photos backup.
Original story below:
Google Photos’ Desktop Uploader, being a backup app, uploads pictures or videos from computer to cloud. By default the app scans certain locations on your system to check for data to be backed up.
However, because of these default settings the app will automatically backup all selected folders and their sub folders, which in turn can be trouble-some for you, as your cloud storage quota limit might get exhausted.
What if you could limit what is to be backed up or set a different location or disable the pre-set locations?
You can do it by following steps on Windows:
- Go to System tray and right click on the Google photos pinwheel icon
- In the menu that appears, click on the Settings option.
- You should see a window similar to the following one:
- Now, uncheck the folders already chosen
- And finally, add folders that you want to backup (only pictures inside the mentioned folders will be backed up).
Just a minor change in settings, and you can limit what is being backed on cloud.