How to Backup Photos from iPhone to Chromebook Using Google Drive?

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How to Backup Photos from iPhone to Chromebook Using Google Drive?

Backing up photos from your iPhone to your Chromebook can be a great way to free up storage space on your phone and ensure your photos are safe in case your phone is ever lost, damaged, or upgraded. With Google Drive, you can easily backup your iPhone photos to your Chromebook in just a few steps.

In this comprehensive guide, we will walk through everything you need to know to successfully backup your iPhone photos to your Chromebook using Google Drive, including:

Requirements for Backing Up iPhone Photos to Chromebook

Before we dive into the steps for backing up your iPhone photos, let's first go over what you'll need to get started:

  • An iPhone with photos you want to back up
  • A Chromebook device
  • A Google account
  • Google Drive app on both devices
  • Stable internet connection

As long as you have these basics covered, you'll be ready to backup your iPhone photos to your Chromebook. Your Google account is key - this is what allows your photos to be transferred and synced between devices via Google Drive.

And that leads us to our next important setup step...

How to Set Up Google Drive on iPhone

To use Google Drive to backup iPhone photos, the Google Drive app needs to be installed on your iPhone. Here's how to set it up:

  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone.
  2. Search for "Google Drive".
  3. Tap "Get" to install the Google Drive app.
  4. Once installed, open Google Drive.
  5. Sign in using your Google account credentials.
  6. Allow access to your photos when prompted.
  7. Enable auto-save for photos in the Google Drive settings if desired.

And that's it! Google Drive is now ready to start backing up photos from your iPhone.

How to Install Google Drive on Chromebook

If you don't already have Google Drive set up on your Chromebook, here's how to install it:

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your Chromebook.
  2. Search for "Google Drive".
  3. Tap "Install" to download the Google Drive app.
  4. Once installed, open Google Drive.
  5. Sign in with the same Google account you used on your iPhone.

With Google Drive installed on both devices, you're ready to start backing up your photos.

How to Backup iPhone Photos to Google Drive

Here are the step-by-step instructions for backing up iPhone photos to your Chromebook using Google Drive:

  1. Open the Google Drive app on your iPhone.
  2. At the bottom, tap the "+" (plus) icon.
  3. Tap "Upload" then select "Photos".
  4. Choose which photos/albums you want to back up.
  5. Tap "Upload" in the top right corner.
  6. The selected photos will now upload and sync from your iPhone to Google Drive.

That's all there is to it! The selected iPhone photos will backup to your Google Drive account. They will appear not just on your iPhone, but also on your Chromebook.

How to Access iPhone Backup on Chromebook

To access your backed up iPhone photos on your Chromebook:

  1. Open the Google Drive app on your Chromebook.
  2. On the left panel, select "Photos".
  3. This will display all of your Google Drive photos.
  4. Browse and open any photo albums/files to view your backed up iPhone photos on your Chromebook.

The photos will be the same quality as the originals on your iPhone. You can open, view, download, and share the photos as needed.

How to Download iPhone Photos to Chromebook

If you want to download any of the photos from your iPhone backup to your Chromebook's local storage:

  1. Open Google Drive and go to Photos.
  2. Select the photo(s) you want to download by checking the box.
  3. Click the three dots menu > Download.
  4. Choose the download location on your Chromebook.
  5. The photo(s) will now be downloaded to your chosen folder/location.

This makes a local copy of the photos on your Chromebook that you can then access in the Photos app or file manager even without an internet connection.

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Tips for Managing iPhone Photo Backups on Chromebook

Here are some useful tips for effectively managing your iPhone photo backups on your Chromebook:

  • Check Google Drive periodically to ensure new photos are uploading from your iPhone.
  • Consider enabling auto-upload on your iPhone so photos automatically backup without having to manually do it.
  • Organize photos into albums in Google Drive for easy access.
  • Add photos you don't need backed up to an excluded album on your iPhone.
  • Download only your most important photos to your Chromebook to save storage space.
  • Delete unwanted photos/albums from the Google Drive backup when needed.
  • View storage usage in Google Drive to monitor backup size.

Following these tips will help ensure your iPhone photos are smoothly and securely backing up to your Chromebook.

Backing Up Live Photos and Videos from iPhone

The process is the same for backing up Live Photos and videos from your iPhone to Chromebook using Google Drive.

When viewing Live Photos in Google Drive on your Chromebook, you can click on them to play the mini video/animation just like on the iPhone.

For videos, you can stream them directly in Google Drive or download them to your Chromebook to play locally in the Photos app or media player apps. Just note that videos take up more storage space than photos.

Alternative Ways to Backup iPhone Photos

While Google Drive is one of the easiest ways to backup iPhone photos to your Chromebook, there are alternative options as well:

  • Use AirDrop - Wirelessly transfer photos directly between your iPhone and Chromebook if they are close by.
  • Use Email - Email photos from your iPhone to your Chromebook as an attachment.
  • Use iCloud - Automically sync iPhone photos to iCloud, then access on your Chromebook with the iCloud web app.
  • Use Cloud Storage Apps - Alternative cloud services like Dropbox or OneDrive can also backup and sync your photos.
  • Plug-in iPhone - Connect your iPhone to your Chromebook via USB and manually transfer photo files.
  • Use SD Card - Copy photos from iPhone to SD card, then plug that into your Chromebook.

So while Google Drive is likely the most seamless backup method, there are other ways to get iPhone photos to a Chromebook as well depending on your needs.

Troubleshooting Common Backup Issues

Here are some solutions for common issues you may encounter trying to backup iPhone photos to your Chromebook:

Photos not uploading - Check internet connection on both devices. Restart Google Drive app. Ensure there is free space in Google Drive account.

Photos uploading slowly - Try connecting both devices to wifi instead of cellular data. Check for internet connectivity issues. Upload smaller batches of photos.

Photos out of order - Photos upload based on upload initiation time. Manually reorder in Google Drive after upload completes.

Missing photos - Review source photos on iPhone before upload. Photos may be hidden/deleted on the device. Try uploading again.

Google Drive crashes - Update the Google Drive app on iPhone and Chromebook. Force quit and relaunch the app. Restart your devices.

Can't find photos - Check "Photos" section of Google Drive app, not "My Drive". Photos may still be uploading. Search Google Drive for file names.

If issues persist, contact Google Drive support for further assistance troubleshooting and resolving backup problems.


Backing up your iPhone photos to your Chromebook with Google Drive is a simple and reliable process. By installing Google Drive on both devices, you can choose which photos to backup, monitor the progress, and easily access your photos on either device.

Key takeaways:

  • Use Google Drive app to sync iPhone photos to Chromebook
  • Enable auto-save option for automated backups
  • Photos retain original quality on Chromebook
  • Organize photos into albums for easy management
  • Download important photos for local storage
  • Troubleshoot issues like crashes or missing photos

Following the steps outlined in this guide, you can feel confident knowing your precious iPhone photos are safely stored and accessible on your Chromebook. Backing up gives you peace of mind and frees up space on your iPhone - with Google Drive, it's easy and automatic.

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