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Best Photo & Video Backup for Your Phone 2023

Losing your precious files isn't an option. Luckily, keeping them safe and secure is very easy. We have tested the top backup app for your smartphone and picked the best of the best.




Best Photo & Video Backup for Your Phone 2023

The smartphones and tablets of today nearly always have limited capacity. A year worth of photos will max out on their storage space easily. A few larger video files and your portable device will start slowing down to a crawl. What can be done? Unless phone makers start showing more mercy towards us, regular users need to find a different way to fix this problem.

Photo and video backup services are a great way to go around it, not to mention that they single-handedly solve another issue - data loss occurring due to device failure. With more and more people working online, this sort of software is becoming a "must-have." If you're wondering which ones have survived our rigorous testing, please, do read on.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. Apps We Selected
  2. Our Pick Box Box Runner Up Icedrive #Secure Cloud Storage Icedrive #Secure Cloud Storage Also Groovy Microsoft OneDrive Microsoft OneDrive
  3. 2. Everything We Recommend
  4. 3. The 411 from our Appventurer
  5. 4. Other Apps Considered
Our Pick

Think outside the box but keep your files in it

  • Box for Android lets you view and share files from anywhere!
    4.6 Ratings 378K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Free Feature Rich Fresh
    Free In-App Purchases


When it comes to important files - only the best will do. A safe, secure, and trustworthy platform is just what you need and Box seems to fit this role down to a T.

Why we chose Box:

  • The free plan offers no less than 10 GB of free space
  • It is extremely easy to set up, even for inexperienced users who have never backed up their files
  • It covers not only videos and photos but all other types of files in existence
  • The search function allows you to trawl through the contents of all your PDF and DOC files

In short, you can't go wrong with Box, especially if you are looking to save a bit of your hard-earned cash.

Spring for the upgrade if you need more than 10 GB of storage space and want to backup a genuinely large database.

Read Box's Full Review
Runner Up

As cool as ice

  • Get secure cloud storage and device backup with Icedrive
    4.1 Ratings 5K+ Reviews 100K+ Downloads
    Free In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases


Box is as straightforward as it gets. The beauty of Icedrive, however, lies in the details. With a wealth of options, it is an amazing solution for those who like a diverse offer.

Why we chose Icedrive?

  • 10 GB of free space to play with - and fairly affordable paid plans
  • Great attention to detail and a good selection of options
  • The ability to backup your entire device - files and settings included
  • A way to stream media on the go

Positioning itself somewhere between personal and business use, Icedrive offers a fine balance that just about anyone can benefit from.

Read Icedrive's Full Review
Also Groovy

Pretty great for business

  • Access and share your photos, docs, and more from anywhere.
    4.6 Ratings 5M+ Reviews 1B+ Downloads
    Free Feature Rich Fresh In App Purchases 1M+ Reviews
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases


Good old Microsoft still has a trick or two up its sleeve. OneDrive is not the one you should miss, especially if your main aim is to use it for business.

Why we chose OneDrive?

  • 5 GB of free space available - up to 1 TB with Microsoft 365
  • Good integration with Windows and the ability to easily sync files between your phone and desktop computer
  • Great platform for working in a team
  • Strong password protection

A fairly decent option for the casual user and a powerful tool for business, OneDrive is well worth exploring - and potentially investing in.

Read Microsoft OneDrive's Full Review

Everything We Recommend

  • Our Pick


    4.6 Ratings 378K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Winner of PC Magazine's Editors' Choice Award: "There are plenty of excellent file-syncing storage services, but, on Android, the Box app takes the cake."

    Securely store, manage and share all your files, photos and documents with 10GB of free cloud storage from Box.

    With Box, you can easily:
    * Access and work on all your files at your fingertips
    * Access your content online, from your desktop, and on your Android phone or tablet
    * Share important documents, contracts, visuals and more
    * Preview 200+ file types with full screen quality
    * Give feedback from anywhere by commenting and mentioning colleagues and partners

    Box for Android features:
    * 10GB of free cloud storage to back up all your docs
    * Upload PDFs, Microsoft Office files, photos, videos and other files to Box
    * View and print 200+ file types, including PDF, Word, Excel, AI, and PSD
    * File-level security controls
    * Offline access to files and folders
    * Share huge files with just a link - no need for attachments
    * Add comments to documents to send feedback
    * Real-time search
    * Search within PDF, PowerPoint, Excel, Word files
    * Updates feed to find recently viewed or edited files
    * Open files in hundreds of partner apps that let you annotate, e-sign, edit and more

    Box helps you get work done on the go. It's fast, secure and simple to use, so you can be productive from anywhere, which is the reason 57,000 businesses, including Eli Lilly and Company, General Electric, KKR & Co., P&G and The GAP securely access and manage their critical information with Box.
    In-App Purchases
    $79.99 - $99.99 per item
  • Runner Up
    Backup your photos, documents and videos with Icedrive, the coolest cloud storage and backup service to hit the scene.

    Need a quick solution? Instantly backup your entire device with our backup wizard.

    Never lose a photo again with our auto camera uploading feature.

    Stream your media on-the-go with our built-in audio and video streamer.

    Busy professional? We've got you covered. Preview & Share all popular document and vector file types with our built in document preview tool.

    Keep your friends, family and colleagues in the loop with our advanced file sharing options. Send files instantly to other Icedrive users or create a public page with a link.

    What are you waiting for? Make the switch to Icedrive today!
    In-App Purchases
    $1.99 - $179.99 per item
    $3.99 - $349.99 per item
  • Also Groovy
    Microsoft OneDrive gives you more storage space for your photos and files. OneDrive’s cloud storage will secure photos, videos, files and keep them safe. Keep your files protected, synced, and accessible on all your devices. The OneDrive app lets you view and share photos files, photos, and videos with friends and family for safe and free storage. Plus, you can use the app to automatically back up your phone’s photos and videos. Start with 5 GB of free storage space or upgrade to a Microsoft 365 subscription to get up to 1 TB or 100 GB of cloud storage.

    Microsoft OneDrive offers the following features:

    Back up photos & videos
    • More storage for all of your important files. Upload photos, videos, documents & more
    • Automatic photo backup & secure photo storage when you turn on Camera Upload
    • Find photos in the photo locker easily with automatic tagging
    • View & share photos on your phone, computer & online
    • Free storage & photo locker will secure photos & keep them safe
    • Upload videos & keep them in secure photo storage
    • Bedtime Backup is a dedicated backup state for seamless photo backup while you’re snoozing

    File sharing and access
    • Secure photo storage for all of your photos, videos & albums
    • Share files, photos, videos & albums with friends & family
    • Share photos & upload videos easily
    • Get notifications when a shared document is edited
    • Secure folder settings offer password-protected or expiring sharing links*
    • Access selected OneDrive files on the app without being online

    • All OneDrive files are encrypted at rest & in transit
    • Personal Vault: protect important files with identity verification in secure folder storage
    • Secure photos, upload videos & keep them safe with secure photo storage
    • Restore files with version history
    • Stay protected with ransomware detection & recovery*

    Collaboration with Microsoft
    • Share files across platforms & share photos in the photo locker
    • Use Microsoft Office apps to edit & collaborate in real time on Word, Excel, PowerPoint & OneNote files stored in OneDrive
    • Back up, view & save Office documents

    Document scanning
    • Scan, sign, markup & send docs right from the OneDrive mobile app
    • Keep documents safe in a secure folder

    • Search photos by what’s in them (i.e. beach, snow, etc.)
    • Search docs by name or content

    The OneDrive app for Android offers 5 GB of free cloud storage to sync photos and files across your devices, share photos and docs, and keep your digital life backed up in the cloud.

    Microsoft 365 Personal & Family Subscription
    • Subscriptions begin at $6.99 a month in the US, and can vary by region
    • More storage with 1 TB per person for up 6 people with the Family subscription
    • OneDrive premium features accessible for everyone in the plan
    • Share files, folders and photos for specific time windows for added security
    • Protect your passwords with password-protected sharing links
    • Secure file sharing app with added ransomware detection and recovery security features
    • File Restore: Recover files up to 30 days after malicious attacks, file corruption, or accidental edits or deletions
    • Share up to 10x more content a day with friends and family
    • Access premium versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook and OneDrive

    Microsoft 365 subscriptions and OneDrive standalone subscriptions purchased from the app will be charged to your Google Play store account and will automatically renew within 24 hours prior to the end of the current subscription period, unless auto-renewal is disabled beforehand.

    To manage your subscriptions or to disable auto-renewal, after purchase, go to your Google Play store account settings. A subscription cannot be canceled or refunded during the active subscription period.

    Using this OneDrive app for work or school

    For you to sign into your work or school account on OneDrive, your organization needs to have a qualifying OneDrive, SharePoint Online or Microsoft 365 business subscription plan
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $99.99 per item
    $1.99 - $99.99 per item
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The 411 from our Appventurer

Stefan Racic
Written by:

Stefan Racic

My phone tends to be filled to the brim with apps I am either trying on for size of using on a regular basis. I use them for a variety of tasks, including sketching and creating art, keeping in touch with friends, being up to date with the latest news, learning about diverse spiritual practices and, of course, playing games!

With over 10 years of experience as a translator and writer, I channel my creativity into writing about things I enjoy. My education in business (I hold a bachelor's degree in operations management) is but one part of expertise. I have worked for art magazines, spiritual blogs, news and business sites, and now I explore the fascinating world of apps.

My previous work is as diverse as my interests. Fresh out of college, I was employed as a translator and interpreter at the fringes of the corporate world and the NGO sector. After switching to writing, I first focused on business news, then shifted to working for a series of art magazines (WideWalls perhaps being the most well known), and even wrote content for a couple of spirituality-focused apps for Labyrinthos Academy. Little did I know that I would eventually devote a good chunk of my time to writing about all sorts of interesting new apps out there.

Best Photo & Video Backup for Your Phone 2023



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