How to upload high resolution photos to your Google Photos account using the “Unlimited Storage” option?

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Google Photos offers free unlimited storage for your photos but when you upload high resolution photos via the web, Google Photos automatically saves them in “high quality” format which does not use the “free unlimited storage” – that is mainly used when photos are stored in compressed quality.

So in order to upload high res photos to Google Photos AND still use the “free unlimited storage” here’s what you must do:

1. Upload any and all photos from your Mac or Windows machine to Google Photos with PicBackMan.

2. All your photos get uploaded to the Google Photos account and consume the 15GB free storage (not the “free unlimited storage).

3. Once the upload is complete, log in to your Google Photos account, go to settings and click “Recover Storage” and choose option “High Quality”. This removes the photos from the 15GB storage and moves them under Google Photos’ “free unlimited storage”.

4. You can continue to do this process with each of your uploads and leverage the “free unlimited storage” offered by Google Photos.

PicBackMan is the fastest and simplest way to upload to Google Photos and you can download it for free here.

Here’s is a full end to end video of how to do the above 1-4 process. For questions, please email us at

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Kip Roof testimonial Kip Roofgoogle photos flickr
PicBackMan does exactly what it's supposed to. It's quick and efficient. It runs unobtrusively in the background and has done an excellent job of uploading more than 300GB of photos to 2 different services. After having lost a lot of personal memories to a hard drive crash, it's nice to know that my photos are safe in 2 different places.
Julia Alyea Farella testimonialJulia Alyea Farella smugmug
LOVE this program! Works better than ANY other program out there that I have found to upload thousands of pictures WITH SUB-FOLDERS to SmugMug! Thank you so much for what you do! :) #happycustomer
Pausing Motion testimonialPausingMotionsmugmug
I pointed PicBackMan at a directory structure, and next time I looked - all the photos had uploaded! Pretty cool. I use SmugMug and while I really like it, the process of creating directories in is pretty laborious when you need to make 80+ at a time. This was a breeze. Thank you!
Gavin Whitham testimonialGavin Whithamflickr
PicBackMan was really easy to setup and has been running for 3 days now backing up all my locally saved photos to Flickr. My photos are really valuable to me so it's great to be able to have them easily backed up to a secure location.
 Jim Griffin testimonialJim Griffinsmugmug
It's AWESOME!! I have tens of thousands of pictures...and they are now successfully uploaded to SmugMug, where they are safely backed up, and I can edit and organize them. If you are hesitating about using PicBackMan, hesitate no longer...try it...and you'll be glad you did!!