How to upload your desktop photo/video collection to Google Photos
You've probably heard that Google Photos recently evolved past a photo collection app for Android devices into a separate Google product. You can now use Google Photos across iOS, Android, as well as in the browser. For more details on the capabilities of the platform, check out our previous post here.
There's no doubt that Google Photos has become overnight a fierce competitor in the photo platform market. Unfortunately, if you didn't previously have an Android smartphone with Google+ automatically backing up your photos, chances are that your current photo collection is currently nonexistent. Fortunately, Google offers a neat desktop app that can upload all the photos and videos you have stored locally to the service.
This process works in the same way on both Windows and Mac OS X. The screenshots are taken on a Windows 8.1 laptop, but the same basic steps will apply independent of your operating system.
Step 1. Go to the Google Photos desktop app download page. The first time you visit the website, you'll be taken through a short introduction of the service. Once that's done, click the "Desktop Uploader" button in the left-hand side of the page. The website will detect your OS and download the appropriate installer.
If you ever want to stop backing up a folder or your storage devices, click on the Google Photos icon in the tray, go to options, and uncheck folders as needed.
There you go, now your photos and videos are safely backed in Google Photos. Your data will remain private until you decide to share it with other people, so don't worry if you've accidentally uploaded an embarassing photo.