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How to Backup SD Card to Google Drive

Updated by Daisy on Apr 21, 2021
Written by Jean

With the growing popularity of the cloud storage service in modern life, people are getting used to putting their important files on cloud drives instead of the computer or portable storage devices. Compared with the traditional way of using hard drives or external flash drives to store data, cloud storage ought to be much safer and easier due to the following facts.

  1. 1. There is a wide range of cloud services available to choose from, and many of them are offered for free, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive.
  2. 2. To upload files from a local drive to the cloud, only a cloud account and password are required.
  3. 3. You will have the least chance of data being damaged due to hard drive error issues or computer won't boot error that frequently happened.

So, how are you going to benefit from the cloud drive and make it an ideal backup place? Here, take Google Drive as an example, you will learn the detailed guide to backup SD card to Google drive.

How to Backup SD card to Google Drive from Android

If you're using an SD card on the Android device and would like to backup it on your mobile phone, there are two apps you can use. One is the Photo gallery, and the other is the Google Drive app. We will introduce the two ways one by one.

Method 1. Backup Android SD Card with Google Drive app

Step 1. Download and install the Google Drive app on your Android.

Step 2. Open the app when it finished installing. Log in to your Google account.

Step 3. Tap on the + icon on the lower right corner of the panel. Then click "Upload".

Step 4. Choose a path from the Open button. Now select the files you want to backup on your SD card, and click Done.

Upload Files to Google Drive

Google Drive will start immediately backing up the selected files to the Google Drive cloud.

Method 2. Backup SD Card with Android Photo Gallery

If you only need to backup SD card photos on Android, you can also choose the Photo Gallery to backup.

Step 1. Open the Android Photo Gallery, then click the "Send" or "Menu" button. If you are using Samsung, click SHARE to continue.

Step 2. Click "Save to Drive" to upload selected pictures or videos to Google Drive.      

Step 3. The backup progress will be displayed on your phone, waiting for all photos to be uploaded to Google Cloud.

One problem with uploading SD card files to Google Drive

"My default folder for my photos on my Android device is the SD card and Google photos doesn't seem to allow me to choose the SD card as a location to backup and sync. How am I able to set that within Google photos?"

As you can see, it's not a problem for a single person. It seems that many people experienced failure in doing cloud backup from Android. Is there any alternative way to perform the backup?

How to Backup SD Card to Google Drive on PC

Besides backing up SD card data to Google Drive on your mobile phone, you can also back up the SD card from the computer. You have more than one choice to backup your data. Choose the one that suits you the most.

Method 1. Backup SD Card with Google Drive Folder

This method enables you to copy and paste SD card data to the Google Drive folder on your computer directly. Here are the detailed steps.

Step 1. Download and install Backup and Sync on your computer.

Step 2. Connect your SD card to your computer.

Step 3. Navigate to the "Google Drive" folder. 

Step 4. Copy and paste the data you want to backup from your SD card to the "Google Drive" folder.

Backup SD Card with Google Drive Folder

You can create a new folder in the "Google Drive" to store the backup data. The data will be synchronized to Google Drive automatically.

Method 2. Backup SD Card with Backup and Sync      

You can also change the settings in Backup and Sync to instruct it to backing up your SD card. Here are the detailed steps.

Step 1. Download and install Backup and Sync on your computer.

Step 2. Connect your SD card to the computer.

Step 3. Right-click the software icon and go to Settings > Preferences.

Step 4. Under the "My Computer" tab, find and click USB Devices & SD Cards at the bottom of the window.

Step 5. Choose the SD card you want to backup and click OK to confirm.

Backup SD Card with Backup and Sync

Method 3. Backup Data on SD Card with Third-Party Software

Fortunately, to backup Android SD card to the cloud, you can use EaseUS cloud backup software to back up hard drive, SD card, USB flash drives, and selected files, folders, or even emails to the three most popular cloud storages, including Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive.

So, when you have trouble backing up and syncing the SD card data to Google Drive on an Android device, try to rectify the problem on a PC. EaseUS Todo Backup will 100% assist you in a safe, quick, and easy way.

Connect your SD card to your PC first and follow the guidelines below to continue the backup process.

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Step 1. Run EaseUS Todo Backup and choose "File" on the main window.

choose file backup

Step 2. On the "File Backup" window, you can choose the target files you want to backup

choose files you want to backup

Then add the plan name or text description to the file backup and then choose a backup location.

To backup files to an external hard drive, click "Browse..." in the "Destination" area.

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EaseUS Todo Backup now supports users to back up files to the cloud. All you need to do is sign up with an EaseUS account, then you could enjoy a large cloud storage space. More advantages of backing up to the cloud include accessing backup files anytime and anywhere, saving file copies offsite, so you don't need to worry about virus attacks or computer failures, and easier and faster backup and recovery operations.
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Also, if you're interested in getting more backup features, go and find them by clicking "Schedule", "Image-reserve strategy" and "Backup options".

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Step 3. After settings were all made, click "Proceed".

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Updated by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Jean

Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!

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