By Dylan / Last update September 21, 2021

How to backup iPhone to Google Drive instead of iCloud?

My iPhone is almost full because there are many photos stored on iPhone. I tried iCloud but the photos still consume my storage so I want to try Google Drive this time. Any one could tell me how to use Google Drive on iPhone?

- Question from Reddit

iPhone has offered us lots of help as an excellent tool. With iPhone, we can communicate with others, listen to music, watch videos, and download many games and other applications. As you are enjoying our life with it, iPhone saves a large amount of data about your life. When it’s going to run out of its storage, you need to delete some files or transfer some data.

Contacts are the very important files on iPhone. You can’t lose contact with your family, friends, or business partners so that backing up contacts is very necessary. You could backup iPhone contacts to Google Drive.

If you like taking photos or videos with iPhone, iPhone space would be easily used up. You can delete the redundant pictures or videos to release storage. For the important pictures and videos, you can transfer them out to preserve your beautiful memory.

Music is another kind of big file. You may need to clear the cache and decide to transfer some songs to the cloud.

The most used cloud tool for iPhone is iCloud and Google Drive, but iCloud just gives you 5GB of free storage, yet Google Drive gives you 15GB of free storage, so this article would introduce how to use Google Drive to backup iPhone.

Section 1. How to Backup iPhone to Google Drive on iPhone?

Google Drive allows you to upload any kind of files. Even though every user has been allocated 15GB of free storage, but you still need to know that if you are using other Google products, they are sharing the free storage. To extend storage, you need to pay and update it to Google One.

The following steps are how to backup iPhone photos to google drive.

1. You need to download Google Drive in App Store. Make sure you have a Google account or you need to sign in first.

2. After you have signed in Google drive, you can tap the blue-circle button in the bottom right and then select Upload to upload the files.

Google Drive upload

If you want to back up your iPhone, you should follow these steps.

1. Tap the horizontal icon in the upper left.

2. Tap the Settings icon.

3. Select Backup.

4. Tap Start Backup. In this step, you can select whether to backup contacts, calendar events or photos &videos.

Google Drive Backup

Section 2. How to save iPhone to Google Drive via computer?

Cloud tools make it easy to upload and view files with network but how can you do that when you are not accessible to the network? You could easily leave a duplicate on your computer and upload iPhone data to Google Drive. It would also be faster to upload files to Google Drive via your computer and doesn’t affect the function of your phone.

AOMEI MBackupper is a free professional iPhone data transfer, allowing you to transfer photos, videos, music tracks, contacts, and messages between computer and iPhone. It supports previewing and selecting files and cross-device transfer.

It is very easy to use for there are no excessive buttons to confuse you and it's very fast that you could transfer 100 photos to computer in 2 seconds. It supports almost all versions of iOS including the latest iOS 15.

Step 1. Download and launch AOMEI MBackupper. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB cable and tap Trust on your phone.

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Step 2. Click Custom Backup. You could select the needed files by clicking an icon to enter the folder. After you have finished selecting, click the orange button OK.

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Step 3. Click on Start Backup in the lower-left corner. After the task is completed, click the Pin icon to locate your backup file.

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Step 4. Sign in Google Drive with your Google account, you can click on New in the upper-left corner and select backup folder to upload it to Google Drive. You could also drag the folder in Windows Explorer directly into the page.

Google Drive folder upload

With the 4 steps, you quickly upload file to Google and leave a copy on your PC.


Google Drive gives you 15GB of free storage and you can easily back up iPhone or any files to Google Drive under the guide of this article. If you want to view the files without the Internet, you could backup iPhone to Google Drive via computer with AOMEI MBackupper to leave a copy on your computer. If you think this passage is helpful, you could share it to help more people.