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How to Backup Data on SD Card to Google Drive? (5 Ways)


Google Drive is a cloud storage device released by Google, which allows you to store your data without extra hard drive. And it provides you 15 GB space for free only if you have one Google account. What’s more, cloud storage will be much safer than other storages, because it’s far away from computer issues and natural disaster, such as, system crash, virus, spilled milk, hot water etc.

Therefore, many users want to backup data on SD card to Google Drive to add an extra layer to data security, transfer files to another SD card, access files from multiple devices, or just backup SD card before formatting. Just like the following case.

“All my photos are saved on the SD card of my android device. For security reasons, I want to backup them to Google Drive. But Google photos don’t allow me to choose the SD card as a location to backup and sync. How do I backup my phone data to Google Drive? Is it possible? Thanks in advance.”

Backup SD Card

Now, let’s have a glance about this article:

  • How to backup SD card to Google Drive?

  • Backup SD card to Google Drive from Android

  • Backup SD card to Google Drive from PC

  • Advanced method: sync SD card to Google Drive with AOMEI Backupper

  • Conclusion

How to backup SD card to Google Drive?

If you save the important data on your SD card, you may want to backup SD card to computer. However, what if your computer encounter something unexpected like System Crash or Hard Drive Failure? You will lose all your data saved on the computer.

Thus, backing up files locally is not a great idea to keep the security of your data. To make it, cloud storage like Google Drive will the top choice that could avoid most failure, such as, system crash, virus attack, fire, stolen, etc. The connection is very simple, you only need an available internet.

As known, Google Drive has mobile and desktop apps, so you choose to backup SD card from Android without computer or use desktop app on a PC. From Android device, you can use Phone Gallery or Google Drive app for mobile. From PC, you can use Google Drive desktop folder or Backup and Sync.

In addition, you still can use a third-party SD card backup software like AOMEI Backupper Standard that can help you backup SD card to Google Drive effortlessly. It will sync all kinds of data, including, photos, videos, audios, files, etc. Besides, it can recognize your SD card as long as it has a file system, regardless of NTFS, exFAT, EXT3, etc.

Backup SD card to Google Drive from Android

Before you start to backup SD card, please create a Google Drive account and download Google Drive app for your Android phone and PC. Then, continue to see below and backup everything on SD card.

1. Open the Photo Gallery on your Android Phone and select multiple photos you want to backup, then tap Send button or Menu button on the screen and choose Google Drive.

2. Click OK to upload the selected photos.

Note: If you want to backup entire Photo Album to google drive, you can choose any photo album and tap Menu button, and then select Google Drive, click OK to backup these selected photo albums.

Method 2: Backup everything on SD card to Google Drive with Google Drive app

Unlike Photo Gallery, you can upload more data not just photos. In Google Drive app, you can upload images, audios, videos, Word/Excel/PPT/PDF documents, and more. Now, without further ado, let’s get started.

1. Connect your Android phone to an available network. Then, open your Google Driveon the Android phone and log in your Google Drive account.

2. Click red plus icon at the low right corner of Google Drive and choose Upload.

Google Drive Android Choose Upload 1

3. Click Open From to select a path and select files or folders you want to backup, and then Click Done button. After that, Google Drive will back up those files to Cloud.

Google Drive Android Select Photos 1

Backup SD card to Google Drive from PC

Method 1: Backup data on SD card using Google Drive folder

1.Connect your Android device to your computer and it will be recognized as removal storage. Then, double-click the desktop app and your will see its desktop folder.

2. Find your SD card, then copy and paste data to Google Drive folder. After that, your data will be backed up to Google Drive automatically.

Google Drive Folder

Method 2: Backup SD card to Google Drive with Google Backup and Sync

1. Click Google Backup and Sync icon on the taskbar, tap on Settings option and select Preferences.

2. Click USB devices and SD card at the left bottom under My Computer tab. Then, click OK and wait for the final result.

Select SD Card

Note: In addition, you still can tap on CHOOSE FOLDER under the My Computer tab to backup specific folders on your SD card or Android phone.

3. Last but not least, go to web site and check if all your files are uploaded intact. By default, all your data will be saved under the Computers tab. If you use multiple computers to backup data, you need to select the computer you are currently using.

Web Version of Google Drive

Note: The desktop app will delete the files removed from local compmuter. If you want a safer way, you can backup files on website. Click “New” and “File upload” or “Folder upload” to upload your files or folders.

Advanced method: sync SD card to Google Drive with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper is a trust and reliable file sync software for Windows users, which is used worldwide and has more than 20+ millions users. Thanks to its clear interface and user-friendly design, all users including novices can backup & sync SD card to Google Drive in simple steps.

This software is very smart, so it can recognize any device with a file system. In addition, it provides extra useful features, email notification to get final result without waitting, daily/weekly/monthly schedule sync to not missing any changes. Now, let’s see how it works.

1. Connect your SD card using a card reader or directly connect your Android phone to computer via USB cable. Then, download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard.

2. Click Sync and Basic Sync subsequently. This feature keep a copy of your important file, while allowing you to easily view files anytime anywhere. If you take data security very seriously, click “File Backup” as instead.

File Sync

3. Click + Add Folder to select all files/folders you want to sync.

Add Folder

Note: At the right side of selected files or folders, you can see a funnel shapped button called “Filter Settings”, which can help you backup/sync files with certain file extension. If needed, please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional to enjoy this feature.

4. Click the drop-down menu and choose Select a cloud drive. Then, tap on Google Drive and click OK to exit this window. Finally, click Start Sync if there is no problem.

Select a Cloud Drive

Backup to Google Drive

Notes: • If you want to sync files continuously and keep the changes at a regular interval, click “Schedule” and select daily/weekly/monthly.• If you want to real-time sync files and keep its up-to-date, please use “Real-time sync (supported by AOMEI Backupper Professional)” under the Sync tab. It’s recommened for users who modify files very frequently or work with a team. • Don’t midify source folder name, otherwise the program will not sync your files anymore.


That’s all for how to backup SD card to Google Drive. Whatever your purpose is to retain a copy of backup, transfer, or flexible access, you can reliaze it with the given solutions, including Google Drive mobile or desktop apps, and third-party party backup & sync software. However, many users may find that Google Drive cannot recognize your SD card while syncing. It’s really annoying.

To avoid this situation, you could consider using the free software – AOMEI Backupper Standard. And it’s much easier and suitable for all users. If you want to protect unlimited PCs within a company, AOMEI Backupper Technician is worth a try. With it, you can deploy OS to multiple computers simultaneously.

Still don’t have a copy of your important files? Download Google Drive and sync your files.

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