If i want to have a double back up simultaneously on both services, can they work at the same time and not have a conflict ? Did anyone try? So what I’m aiming for: 1x Photo is taken on iPhone, photo is uploaded 2x (1x on iCloud Photos; 1x on Google Photos)

I know iCloud will upload the photo and only keep a low res but that takes a certain short period of time during which google photos could upload the original I’m hoping. If also anyone knows how long does iCloud keeps the original on the phone that would be useful too please.



It would be easy to test this. Just set both services up to backup, then log in on a computer and see if your large images are in both places.

The Google Photos app does not start uploading new images until you open the app. If you are concerned about timing, make sure to open the app before shooting the images, which should get you the quickest response.

Note that Google Photos will not necessarily upload your original. Anything over 16MP gets resized down to 16MP. (See https://www.google.com/photos/about/) I'm not sure if they have a paid subscription that removes this restriction. I believe they apply jpeg compression as well. Test it out to see if you are satisfied with the results before considering this a real backup.

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  • Thanks however I was hoping to hear some insights from someone that tried. – MFJC Jun 4 '19 at 2:14

Yes, you can do this. I know this because I have done this.

Initially I backed up only to iCloud, but since the iCloud appear to stop synchronizing after a while to my Windows PC, I added also sycnhronizing to Google Photos. The latter was reliable, although I abandoned that too when my account reached the 18 GB limit. (You can upload up to 18 GB of images in their native resolution. If you want more, you'd either have to pay or accept that Google will reduce your images to 16 megapixels.)

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