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How to back up and save your photos with Amazon Photos

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Amazon makes it easy to store your favorite photos and videos via the Amazon Photos app. Specifically, Amazon Photos currently offers unlimited, full-resolution photo storage and 5 GB video storage for Prime members. Non-Prime members also get 5 GB of combined photo and video storage. Here's what you need to know to back up and save photos with Amazon Photos. 

Activating Backup on the Amazon Photos desktop app

Whether you're new to Amazon Photos or a regular user, it only takes a couple of steps to save and back up your photos and videos with the app. Here are the steps you need to take to back up and save your photos with Amazon Photos via the desktop app. 

1. Open the Amazon Photos desktop app and login.

Amazon Photos login page desktop

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2. From the Backup tab, select Add a folder to backup.

Amazon Photos home page desktop

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3. Select the folder you want to back up.

Amazon Photos Backup Photos

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4. Set your preferences for the backup such as recurrence, type of files, etc.

5. Select Save.

Once you save your pics to Amazon Photos you can safely delete them from your device to free up space.

Downloading photos and videos on the Android app

You can also download both photos and videos using the Amazon Photos mobile app on your smartphone. Here are the steps you need to take to do just that. 

1. Open the Amazon Photos app on your mobile device.

2. Press and hold the photo(s) you want to download until a check mark appears.

Amazon Photos mobile app photo selection

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3. Tap the three dots icon.

4. Select Download.

Amazon Photos mobile app download selected photos

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5. Once the photos and videos have downloaded, they will be stored in Files. 

Amazon Photos images downloaded

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If a photo is already on the device you're using, the Download option may not display. It's also worth pointing out that it's not possible to download entire albums. If you want to download and save multiple photos within an album, you'll need to open the album and select all the pictures you want to download. Additionally, if you accidentally select a photo you don't want to download, you can de-select a checked item by tapping it again.

Activating auto-save on the Amazon Photos Android app

Amazon Photos also enables users to save every photo you take or every video you record by activating the auto-save feature within the Amazon Photos mobile app. Here are the steps you need to follow in order to turn the auto-save feature on. 

1. Open the Amazon Photos app.

2. Go to your Profile and select Photo Settings.

3. Scroll down and select Auto-Save.

Amazon Photos mobile app profile settings

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4. Under Auto-Save, toggle ON the categories you want to auto-save: Photos, Videos, or both.

Amazon Photos turn on auto-save

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If you want to specify which types of photos are auto-saved, scroll down and select Manage Folders. Under Manage Folders, you can choose to auto-save screenshots, photos, or both. You can also set your upload preferences such as: Auto-Save via mobile data, Auto-Save videos via Wi-Fi only, etc.

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The Amazon Photos mobile app lets you store and share full-resolution photos and video and boasts 5 GB combined photo and video storage. 

Keegan Prosser is a freelance contributor based in the PNW. When she's not writing about her favorite streaming apps and devices for Android Central, she's listening to a true-crime podcast, creating the perfect playlist for her next road trip, and trying to figure out which fitness tracker she should try next. You can follow her on Twitter @keeganprosser.