Backup Chromebook Photos to Google Drive

Backup Chromebook Photos to Google DriveBacking up media files from your mobile devices is important. You can always transfer files from a smartphone or tablet to a computer using the cable but it’s easier to copy files via wireless transfer although it can be slower. Thanks to cloud storage technology, it’s now easier to backup photos and videos because you just click on a button to sync and copy files.

Backing up Files on a Chromebook

Backing up your media device’s photos and videos has never been easier thanks to the experimental Cloud Backup feature in the Files App since the last Dev Update.

Insert any removable media device such as a USB key or a SD Card which contains at its root the famous DCIM folder. Then, navigate to this folder and notice the “cloud” icon at the very top right corner. Click on it and you’re done! Your photos and videos will be automatically synced to your Google Drive under a newly created photos folder.

And the cool thing is that you can view & manage photos & videos stored in your Google Drive from Google+. Read if you want to learn more.

How do I download pictures from my camera to my Chromebook?

All you’ll need is the SD card from your camera, or your mobile device and a USB cable. Start by signing in to your Chromebook, then do one of the following: Insert your SD card into the slot on your Chromebook. To back up photos from a mobile device, connect it to the Chromebook using a USB cable. To upload photos from an SD card, camera, or mobile device, you can save them to Google Drive instead of your Chromebook’s hard drive. When you use Google Drive, you can see and edit your photos on your Chromebook or phone.

How do I view photos on Chromebook?

Save a file
  • To save the file to your Chromebook’s hard drive, choose the Downloads folder. Warning: Downloaded files may be automatically deleted if your Chromebook is running low on space.
  • To access the file online anytime, from any device, choose Google Drive. Your file will save to Google Drive.


How do I download pictures from my Android phone to my Chromebook?

To try it out, connect your Android smartphone or tablet to your Chromebook via USB and unlock the screen. The Chrome file manager should automatically open (as will Google+ Photos if installed on your Chrome device) from where you can browse, open and copy files across.

View and upload photos using instead

You can upload new photos or see the photos you previously uploaded at You won’t be able to view your photos offline at this time.

If you accidentally clicked the “Always take me to” link and you still want to use the app before July 21, 2015, you can uninstall and reinstall the app to open it.

If you’re on a Chromebook, you can also upload your photos to Google Drive with Cloud Backup.


  1. I have a chromebook ive had two years now and i keep receiving the ¨device disc space is critically low¨ of recent..well, i have searched and cant seem to find a solution to if i can move or copy all files to google play at the same time or do i have to do so individually? please let me know if i can back everything up and not have to do it one thing at a time! im not very tech savvy! Thank you!

  2. I have my photo in inbox on computer not on my phone, how do I transfer that photo that is in my in box to my Goggle Hard Drive? Melissa


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