The Gallery app on Android, as we all know, is a centralized location to access the photo and video albums stored in various directories of your device’s internal and external memory. In this age of high-resolution mobile cameras, images captured from our devices can consume a significant chunk of our local storage space. Confronted by this issue, most users are left with no option but to back up these albums to their computers or their preferred storage of choice in order to create more room for new files on their devices. This makes accessing those good old memories of yours relatively hard to access on the go, especially if the backed up data is sitting on your computer’s hard drive. New to the Play Store, Gallery Drive Sync is a rather unique online photo backup app that aims to solve the ever-threatening ‘out of sight, out of mind’ issue in this regard. The app lets you move select or complete full-resolution Gallery photos and albums to your Google Drive, while still retaining the content on your device in compressed format under their respective albums.
This way, you can keep adding new photos to your albums without having to worry about your device’s storage being consumed completely or too quickly. Just to give you an idea about the app’s compression mechanism, it is capable of compressing a 1.24 MB photo to a mere 52.25 KB. For a better understanding of how the app works, consider the following case from a brief test session. Once the app was done with uploading the photo, the result was the full 1.24 MB version in a dedicated Google Drive folder, and the compressed 52.25KB version on the device replacing the original 1.24 MB one there.
When it comes to the UI, it’s rather overly simple, and has plenty of room for improvement and new features. Still, it does quite effectively what it’s meant to do. On the main screen, you’re presented with your photo albums. As mentioned earlier, you may opt to upload entire albums or select photos to your Google Drive. Do note that the app’s compression feature is optional; you still have the choice of retaining full-sized images on your local storage even after having them all uploaded to the cloud. In that case, the app serves only as a handy photo backup tool for Google Drive.
Since the app does not support instant, automatic uploading, you don’t have to worry about any background data usage adding up in your bill. It still offers a WiFi-only upload feature that you can use to make sure you don’t inadvertently end up uploading photos while on your data connection.
All the data backed up by the app is uploaded to the ‘Drive Sync Images’ folder on your Google Drive. Whenever there is a change in the contents of a synced album on your device, the app displays an ‘Update’ option next to the respective folder, so that you may manually sync the new changes to the relevant cloud directory. Even if you rename the synced photos or albums on your mobile, you won’t have to re-upload all the content, since the app is capable of automatically detecting if the selected files have already been uploaded to the cloud.
All in all, Gallery Drive Sync boasts a pretty useful and innovative photo backup feature that can help you with your local storage space significantly without having to entirely delete a lot of your photos. Should you wish to view the same images in their full high-res glory, you can always do so by navigating to the Drive Sync Images folder on your Google Drive via its official app or web interface, right from your device.