Which Android Device Folders Google Photos App Should Sync? (Screenshots, WhatsApp)

In my work I use images every day. People send me pictures and screenshots via email, WhatsApp, Viber, Skype and even via Bluetooth. And I hate when I miss or forget something. That’s why I prefer that all images from my Bluetooth, Downloads, Viber and other folders were backed up the same way as photos and videos from my camera do. Actually when a new folder is created the Google Photos app will ask whether or not you want it to be synced to the cloud. And this article is mostly for those who rejected such proposal but some time later changed their minds. Here is how you can add or remove folders located on your Android device which the Google Photos app will back up to the cloud. 

Specify Folders on Your Android Device That Google Photos App Should Sync to Google Cloud

  1. Launch the Google Photos app on your Android phone or tablet.
  2. Here tap the Menu (sandwich) icon.
  3. Select SettingsGoogle Photos settings Android
  4. When in Settings go to Back up & SyncGoogle Photos settings Android back up and sync
  5. And finally tap on Back up device foldersback up device folders Google Photos app
  6. Now look through the list of detected folders and select which ones you want to be synced to your Google Photos using the current Google account:

    device folders to back up Google Photos

    Backup more folders on your Android phone to Google Photos

Now all directories that you selected should start syncing to your Google Photos.


  1. Some folders do not appear as shown in step #6. Any idea how to back those folders up? Thanks!

    1. I haven’t faced such an issue… The thing is that Google Photos should detect and show a suggested folder in settings as soon as at least one supported image file appears inside it. If you really have image files inside those folders, I can only advise to update the app, clear its cache, reboot the device.

  2. Has anyone figured how to solve John’s issue (2019-03-19 at 19:34), as I’m facing the same… some folders just don’t show up on step 6 (or 7)…. (folders manually made after the App was installed)…


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