As of today, cloud storage has become a norm. Particularly, those who intend to create backups of their mobile devices (which have limited storage space compared to computers) prefer using online storage. Of all the cloud storage options, Google Drive has become exceptionally popular due to various reasons.

In fact, many individuals consider Google Drive to be the most effective alternative to iCloud. With that said, let’s learn how to upload iPhone photos to Google Drive with ease.

Upload iPhone photos to Google Drive

Here’s how to upload iPhone photos to Google Drive using manual and the automatic methods.

Upload iPhone photos to Google Drive Manually

Here are the steps you should follow in order to upload iPhone photos to computer manually.

Step 1: First of all, install Google Drive on your iPhone through App store. Launch the app on your iPhone and log into the Google account.

Step 2: You will see a list of folders. You can either select one of those folders or hit plus icon to create a new folder to store your photos.

Step 3: There will be an icon with blue and white combination and the shape of “+”. Now, a list of options might appear. Select the option Upload.

Step 4: You can now choose the type of the files you intend to upload. Since you are going to upload photos, you should select “Photos and Videos”. You can then select the photos you intend to upload. If the app asks permission to access the photos stored in your phone, just press OK.

Step 5: Now, select a photo album stored in your iPhone (for instance, Selfies, Camera Roll etc.).

Step 6: Tap and select the pictures you intend to upload. The selected pictures will be marked in blue color check. Once you have selected the photos, just tap the Upload button. Now, the app will start to upload the selected images.


Upload iPhone Photos to Computer Automatically

You can also use the automatic upload option to get your iPhone photos uploaded to Google Drive.

Step 1: First of all, you should open Google Photos app on the iOS device.

Step 2: Sign into the Google Account you usually use. Then, tap on the Menu icon located at the top of the screen. You can see this icon in the form of three lines.

Step 3: Now, choose the option “Settings” and select the option “Back up & Sync.

Step 4: There is a switch; just turn it on. If the app asks for permission, just grant it. If not, you can access Google Photos on the iPhone with the following steps.

Step 5: Go to Settings and select Privacy. Then, select Photos. Thereafter, toggle the switch to turn on Google Photos.

You are also allowed to open Google Drive app on your iPhone then turn on auto backup for photos in Google Drive by going to Settings -> Photos -> then turn on the Auto Backup switch.


Tip: Upload iPhone Photos to Computer

Now you know how to upload iPhone photos to Google Drive, so let’s learn about uploading iPhone photos to computer. If you have lost photos from your iPhone and you intend to recover them and then upload them to a computer, this section would be very useful for you.

Upload Lost Photos from iPhone to Computer

In this section, let’s learn how to upload lost photos from your iPhone to a computer. In this case, we will use a special software called iMyFone D-Back. It has already been recommeded by professional websites.


iMyFone D-Back is a very powerful software that comes with a variety of features to recover lost data off iOS devices and it doesn’t need you to jailbreak the iOS device.

Windows version      Mac version

Listed below are the steps to recover lost photos from iPhone and upload them into computer.

Step 1.Launch iMyFone D-Back on your compute rand start from “Recover from iOS Device” tab. Then, click on the button “Start”. Get your iOS device connected to the computer. Once the device is detected by the program, hit Next.

connect your device

Step 2. You should now select the files you intend to recover and hit “Scan”.

select data types

Step 3.At the completion of the scan, you can see the recoverable files displayed. Click on these files to check them and choose the files you intend to recover and hit “Recover”.

Preview File from iOS Tab

View & Upload Photos from iPhone Backups to Computer

Here’s the method to view upload photos from your iOS device’s backup to computer.

Upload photos from iTunes backup to computer

Let’s take a look at the steps to upload photos from iTunes backup.

Step 1.Open iMyFone D-Back and click on “Start” under “Recover from iTunes Backup” option. Choose the iTunes backup where the expected data is stored. Hit Next.

Select iTunes Backup

Step 2. Now, select the files you intend to retrieve from iTunes and hit “Scan”. Now, wait until the program scans the backup.

select file types

Step 3. Now, the search results will be displayed. Just select “Only show the deleted files” option and click on Recover. Select a folder to store the recovered data.

Preview File from iTunes Tab

Upload photos from iCloud backup to computer

To upload photos from your iCloud backup to computer, follow the steps below.

Step 1.Click on “Start” under “Recover from iCloud Backup” tab. Provide the credentials of your iCloud account. Select the most appropriate backup file and hit Next to continue.

Select iCloud Backup

Step 2. Hit “Scan” after selecting the files you intend to recover.

Select the files you wish to recover

Step 3.Once the scan is finished, preview the files from the displayed list and then choose the exact files you want. Hit “Recover”.

Preview File from iCloud Tab

Differences between using D-Back & official backup restore

Here is a brief comparison of D-Back and iTunes/iCloud.

via D-Back via iTunes/iCloud
  • Recover deleted files from any iOS device without backup.
  • Preview data before recovering.
  • Selectively recover the data you need.
  • Won’t affect current data.
  • It is not for free, but it offers free trial version to test its performance.
  • They are free (iCloud is free up to 5GB).
  • They are offered by Apple itself.
  • No selective data recovery.
  • No preview before recovering.
  • Overwrite existing data.

Windows version      Mac version


We hope that now you have a good understanding on how to upload iPhone photos to Google Drive. You can keep your photos safe and secured in this cloud storage now. Also, we appreciate if you can leave your honest feedback about this article.