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Here is how to backup all your files to the cloud for free on your Windows or Mac Computer or your phone or tablet (iPhone or Android). All your documents, photos, videos and music.
This tutorial is for the average user. It is not for professional photographers, videographers or professional music recorders. This tutorial is also not for backing up movies to the cloud, but just personal videos.
The average user usually has about 100MB of Documents such as Word documents and Excel files, about 50GB of photos, possibly 50GB of videos and about 40GB of music.
To backup your personal documents and photos to the cloud for free you can use Google Backup and Sync. https://www.google.com/drive/download/ It is available for Mac and Windows PCs. Once Google Backup and Sync is downloaded and installed we need to set it up.
To backup your personal music to the cloud for free from your computer, you can use Google Music Manager. https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/manager It let's you keep up to 50,000 songs in the cloud for free. Once you download and install it you can double click on the headphone icon in the taskbar to see what folders it is backing up. It is setup to backup your Music folder automatically. If you have iTunes music it is usually a subfolder of Music, so you usually don't have to add it as an additional folder. But if you have music files that are not in your Music folder than you can click on Add Folder to add it to the backup.
If you download the Google Play Music App to your Android device https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.music or to your Apple device https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-play-music/id691797987 you can then download any songs you backed up to your device for offline listening.
Unfortunately, at this time you cannot upload and backup songs directly from your phone or tablet. You have to transfer your music from your phone to your computer first and then Google Music Manager will back it up. You can use iTunes to transfer music to the computer for Apple devices.
To backup all the photos and videos on your Android device or Apple device to the Cloud for free you can use Google Photos app: https://photos.google.com/apps
After Google Photos App is installed you will want to adjust it's backup settings:
To backup all your contacts and calendar information in case your phone breaks or you lose it, you can backup the data to Google's cloud, or sync it.
You have reached the end of the tutorial.
Last updated on July 24, 2017