Chrome OS adds automatic photo backup

Alan Buckingham
Jul 3, 2014
Updated • Aug 6, 2019
Google Chrome, Google Chrome extensions

Chrome OS had a a bit of a rough start on the scene, with the first Chromebooks getting little real attention. But Google has beefed up its offering and Chromebooks now find their way into schools and businesses.

But the search giant isn't sitting back, resting on what it has done, but instead moving forward, continuing to improve the operating system with little enhancements.

The latest update is to the Photo option that is available, which adds automatic backup to the service. This is part of the latest update to the Google+ Photo app, available in the search giant's operating system.

Update: Note: Google Photos is now available as a standalone extension. Google retired Google+ in 2019. End

To get started, you will first need to browse to the Chrome Web Store on your notebook and locate Google Photos. Like other extensions for the OS, it is a free download.

"Store, search, and share a lifetime of photos", the app description reads. Once you have grabbed it, the setup is fairly easy. Any images contained in a DCIM folder, regardless if it is on an SD card or USB drive can be automatically uploaded for backup to Google Photos.

Now head to the app launcher, which is located at the bottom, on the left side of the system tray -- it's the grid of nine white blocks. You will need to log into your Google account and then you will be walked through a number of steps to get everything setup. You will only need to go through this process once. After that, everything should be automatic whenever a card, camera or drive is plugged into your Chromebook.

Note that you may upload photos manually as well, and configure your Chromebook to import photos from connected digital cameras or phones automatically as well.


The most important thing to remember is that all photos uploaded to Google+ are set to "private" by default. Users can go into their account and share the photos they wish, once each has been uploaded. That process, along with setting up this app, are both very simple. So fire up your Chromebook and get started.

Chrome OS adds automatic photo backup
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Chrome OS users may install an extension on the system to back up photos and media on the device automatically to Google servers.
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  1. Pants said on July 3, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    “Aw! Hell No!” to quote Will Smith .. WTF would anyone want to store their photos with google .. oh wait .. that’s right .. “We’re not evil” :) Come to google, store your documents here (especially corporations and government departments and the education sector), enjoy free DNS, and email. Home-users, please use picassa and label everyone in the photos for our face recognition .. excellent. Once we merge with FB, “all your base belong to us” /s

    1. Blue said on July 4, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      +1, and excellent references lol….

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