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How to Upload Photos from Canon Camera to Google Photos

28 August 2020, Friday By Elena Arich

Few people know that Android was originally conceived as a software platform for cameras. Andy Rubin, the author of the idea, planned to use it to equip point-and-shoot cameras and professional cameras with wireless connectivity, so that they would upload photos directly to the cloud without saving them to a flash drive. However, something did not work out, and the project was decided to refocus on smartphones. It is not known exactly what prompted Rubin to change priorities, but it is rumored that the manufacturers of memory cards opposed Android for cameras. However, this does not mean that there is no chance to link them to the cloud at all.

Canon cameras get support for Google Photos

Google Photos has received support for Canon cameras, giving them the ability to upload photos directly to the cloud. To do this, just install the application on Android (download) to establish a connection between the camera and a smartphone, which will be used as a signal repeater. The user will then be able to link their Google account to their Canon ID and either force individual images to be saved to the cloud or set it to work automatically, (list of camera models that support this feature).

How to pair a smartphone and a Canon camera

To activate the backup feature, you need to create a Canon ID account. This can be done by registering in the application. 

  1. Download application from Google Play;
  2. Complete registration and link the camera;
  3. Then in the section with connected web services select Google Photos;

To upload images to the cloud, you need to link your Google and Canon ID accounts

  1. Confirm that your Google account is linked to your Canon ID account;
  2. Go to the Google Photos tab and enable automatic backup.

Now, every time your smartphone is in the pairing zone with the camera, it will check its memory card for new images that should be uploaded to the cloud. If desired, you can independently select specific photos to send them to the online storage. However, the images will be uploaded in their original quality, and therefore you will need a paid subscription to Google One. The cost of the most basic plan starts at $1.99 (130 INR) per month for 100 GB, which can always be increased to 1 or 2 TB.

Upload to Google Photos

In addition, it is important to take into account that photos will be uploaded only if connected to Wi-Fi. Even if you have an unlimited cellular plan with high-speed internet access, the limitation of the service is to require a connection to a wireless hotspot. This is done so that users of limited tariffs are not left without traffic at the beginning or middle of the month and do not run into a big expense for the Internet. Well, since Wi-Fi is now almost everywhere, this is clearly not a problem.

You can upload photos both in bulk and separately

Despite the fact that Canon has its own cloud, into which it offers to upload photos, there are cases of lost images. Most recently, the company was even forced to temporarily withdraw the app that was used to upload images. After some time, Canon developers announced that they had fixed the problem, but no one could return the photos to users. It's good that Google never had such problems. And, therefore, using its cloud is still more reliable. 

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