While Apple’s iCloud is a seamless backup service that is well integrated into your iPhone, the 5GB limit is pretty easy to fill up, especially if you make a backup of all your images and videos. So, what happens when you hit the storage limit? Instead of compromising on what you should back up, it is much better to look into other cloud storage systems. Google Drive is the first name that comes up in this discussion. It also offers 15GB of free storage space. In this article, we show you how to use Google Drive on your iPhone.
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Here’s how you can use Google Drive on your iPhone
Step 1: Download and install the Google Drive app on your iPhone from the App Store.
Step 2: Launch the app and log in using your Google Account.
Once you’ve installed the app on your iPhone and logged in using your Google Account, the first thing you should do is create a backup of the pictures and videos on your device. If you have already backed up the media on your phone somewhere else, you can skip these steps.
Step 3: Tap on the hamburger menu at the top left corner of the screen.
Step 4: Select Settings and go to Backup.
Step 5: Go to Photos & Videos and turn the toggle switch on for ‘Back up to Google Photos’.
Step 6: Choose the upload quality size. Uploading images in their original resolution will take up more drive space.
Step 7: You can also back up your Calendar entries and contacts on Google Drive.
In order to secure your backups and limit any unauthorised access, turn on Face ID protection for Google Drive. This feature is exclusive to iPhones. Here’s how you can enable it.
Step 8: Go to Google Drive settings.
Step 9: Select ‘Privacy Screen’ and turn on the toggle bar.
Backup aside, the most important function that Google Drive has to offer is the ability to upload and share large documents and files. If you do not want to create a backup of all the images on your iPhone, you can selectively upload them on Google Drive. Here’s how.
Step 10: Launch the Google Drive app and tap on the Files tab on the bottom toolbar.
Step 11: Tap the plus icon to create a new folder.
Step 12: Select the folder and tap the plus icon again.
Step 13: Upload the files you want to share or backup.
Step 14: To share the folder with someone simply tap the ellipses (three dots) and select Share. You can also copy the link to the folder and share it with anyone you want.
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This is how you can use Google Drive on your iPhone. While iCloud may be your primary backup service, it is very easy to fill up the 5GB limit. Google Drive offers a great supplementary backup limit and is very accessible to use on iPhones. FaceID protection for your backed-up data is the icing on the cake.
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