Google Compute Engine logoThere are many providers vying for cloud supremacy.  Amazon EC2 is a favorite of many but that doesn’t mean others are not interested in taking a share of the market.  The internet search giant is trying to dominate even in the cloud.  Google Compute Engine is what some will call an alternative to Amazon’s EC2.  As in cases like this, it is normal for people to establish comparisons.  However, there is more to life in the IaaS world than just offering virtual servers in the cloud.

Android logoI think everyone worries about their smartphone being lost or stolen at some point.  You could lose your apps, settings, and most importantly, all your photos.  Unless of course, you back it up.  Backing up your files is important for any Android user.  In this article I’ll show how you can do it in a few simple steps.

Use Google Auto Backup

Google Auto Backup is a feature built-into Android.  It automatically uploads your app data, photos, and other data to Google’s servers.  Photos are stored in a private photo album on your Google Plus account, so only you can see them.


  • Automatic
  • No additional apps to install


  • Photos deleted on your Android device aren’t automatically deleted from the Google Plus account.  This can lead to a buildup of useless photos, unless they are manually deleted.

How to Activate Google Auto Backup

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and select Backup & reset.
    Select Backup & reset
  3. Check Back up my data. Your data will now be synced to the Google cloud.
    Check Back up my data

Make sure Google photos sync is ON

  1. Open the Gallery app.
  2. Click the menu button in the top right corner, and select Settings.
    Click the menu button in the top right corner, and select settings
  3. Make sure Google photos sync is ON.
    Make sure Google photos sync is ON

All your photos, app data, WiFi passwords, and other settings should now be backed up to the Google cloud.

How to Restore Your Data

Whenever you reinstall an app, your backed up settings and data will be restored with it.  To restore photos, you’ll need to download them manually from your Google Plus account.  This might seem like a lot of work, but there’s no easier way to do it currently.  You can also leave them in the cloud, and access them from the “Auto Backup” folder in the Gallery app.