Frequently Asked Questions

IDrive Photos Backup

IDrive Photos Backup




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What is the difference between IDrive Online Backup app and IDrive Photo Backup app?
How do I get started with IDrive Photos?
Can I use the IDrive Photos app without giving access to the required permissions?
How do I automatically upload new photos and videos from my device gallery?
How to add a photo or video as favorite?
Can I search specifically for only photos or videos?
How do I restore a photo or video from my account?
How do I restore the entire photo gallery from my IDrive Photos account?
Where does IDrive Photos store the restored photos and videos on my device?
How do I share photos or videos from the IDrive Photos app?
How do I delete a photo or video from my account?
How do I upgrade my subscribed plan?
Can I access and share my photos and videos via web?
Can I backup live motion images with IDrive Photos?


What is the difference between IDrive Online Backup app and IDrive Photo Backup app?

IDrive Online Backup app is a cross-platform compatible backup and restore app for recovering your critical phone data in case of a disaster. Backup your contacts, calendar events, photos, videos on iOS, and even SMS and call logs on Android. Mobile backup is available with all IDrive plans and it includes compressed backup of pictures by default.

IDrive Photo Backup is a photo manager app for your mobile device. Store unlimited pictures and videos from your mobile device in original resolution. The app provides a simple user interface to view your Photos and Videos. It is a good alternative to Google Photos, iCloud as a simpler, more cost effective photo storage solution. A dedicated plan for unlimited photo backup starts at $9.95/year, with a first year discount of 90%.

How do I get started with IDrive Photos?

  1. Download and install the IDrive Photo Backup app from App Store on your device.
  2. Sign in with your account credentials.
  3. Allow IDrive Photos to access all the photos and videos in your device gallery.
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Once access is allowed, all the photos and videos stored in your device will show up in your IDrive Photos gallery. While IDrive Photos is preparing for backup, you will see the following icons:

- Backup is in progress

- Not backed up yet

Can I use the IDrive Photos app without giving access to the required permissions?

IDrive Photos needs access permissions to your device media for successful use of the app.

To allow access permissions,

  1. Sign in to your IDrive Photos account.
    The permission screen will appear when you sign in for the first time.
  2. Tap 'Allow Access to All Photos' from the permission screen to use the app. The following options appear on the screen:
    • Select Photos - Provide access to selective photos and videos.
    • Allow Access to All Photos - It is recommended to choose this option.
    • Don't Allow - Deny access to your device gallery. Your photos and videos will not be backed up if this option is selected.

You can make changes to the app permissions any time from the device settings.

How do I automatically upload new photos and videos from my device gallery?

The 'Auto upload' option is enabled by default in the IDrive Photo Backup app. This ensures all the new photos and videos are automatically uploaded from your device to your account. If 'Auto-upload' is disabled, enable the option in the app settings.

To enable 'Auto-upload',

  1. Sign in to your IDrive Photos account.
  2. Tap on the top left corner, to go to 'Settings'.
  3. Tap 'Auto upload'.
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How to add a photo or video as favorite?

To add a photo or video as favorite,

  1. Sign in to your IDrive Photos account.
  2. In the 'Photos' tab, tap and select the items you want to add as favorites.
  3. Tab on the bottom bar.
    Alternatively, you can open the photo or video and tap .
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The marked items will be listed under the 'Favorites' tab.

Can I search specifically for only photos or videos?

Your photos and videos are displayed in the order of the latest date starting first. You can use the timeline scroll bar to view media from a specific period. You can also search for only photos or videos.

To search for only photos or videos,

  1. Sign in to your IDrive Photos account.
  2. Tap .
  3. Tap 'Photos' if you want to see all the photos in your account gallery. To view all the videos in your account, tap 'Videos'.
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How do I restore a photo or video from my account?

To restore a backed up item,

  1. Sign in to your IDrive Photos account.
  2. Open the photo or video that you want to restore.
  3. Tap .
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To restore multiple photos at a time,

  1. Sign in to your IDrive Photos account.
  2. In the 'Photos' tab, tap and select all the photos or videos that you want to download.
  3. Tap .

The selected item will be downloaded and stored in the device gallery.

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How do I restore the entire photo gallery from my IDrive Photos account?

To restore entire photo gallery,

  1. Tap to go to 'Settings'.
  2. Go to 'Restore All' and tap to start downloading all the photos and videos.
  3. Tap to cancel the restore process.

Where does IDrive Photos store the restored photos and videos on my device?

The photos and videos restored from IDrive Photos are stored in the device gallery of your device.



How do I share photos or videos from the IDrive Photos app?

To share a backed up item,

  1. Sign in to your IDrive Photos account.
  2. Tap to open the photo or video that you want to share.
  3. Tap .
  4. Select an app from the list to share the desired item.
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How do I delete a photo or video from my account?

To delete a photo or video,

  1. Sign in to your IDrive Photos account.
  2. Tap to open the photo or video that you want to delete.
  3. Tap in the bottom bar.

To delete multiple items,

  1. In the 'Photos' tab, tap and select all the photos or videos that you want to delete.
  2. Tap in the bottom bar.
  3. Tap 'Delete'.
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Note: Deleting will remove selected items permanently from your device and account.

How do I upgrade my subscribed plan?

IDrive Photos provides a 7-day free trial. At the end of the free trial you must upgrade your account to avoid cancellation and removal of backed up photos and videos.

To upgrade your free trial to a paid subscription,

  1. Tap 'Upgrade' in the top banner. Alternatively, you can go to 'Settings' and tap 'Upgrade'.
  2. Select the storage and provide billing information.
  3. Tap 'Upgrade Now'.

You will receive a confirmation email once the subscription is upgraded.

Can I access and share my photos and videos via web?

You can sign in to your IDrive Photos account from the web to access, share and restore your backed up photos and videos. All the backed up media files are displayed in the 'Timeline' view, sorted according to date.

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To share photos and videos,

  1. Sign in to your IDrive Photos account from the web.
  2. In the 'Photos' tab, select the required items and click .
  3. In the 'Share' pop up, click 'Advanced Settings' to define the following parameters:

    • Set a password - You can set a password for accessing the link.
    • No. of Downloads - You can specify a limit for the number of downloads. The maximum limit is 25.
    • No. of Days - You can specify the duration for which the link remains active. The maximum duration is 30 days.
  4. Click 'Create share link'. A share link will be created and you can access it from the 'Shared' tab.
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  6. Click 'Copy link' to copy the link to clipboard. Share the link with the intended recipients.

To restore photos and videos,

  1. Sign in to your IDrive Photos account from the web.
  2. In the 'Photos' tab, select the required items and click .

Can I backup live motion images with IDrive Photos?

Live motion images (photos with motion) will be backed up as still images in IDrive Photos. The movement portion of such images will not be available in the backed up images.

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What is the difference between IDrive Online Backup app and IDrive Photo Backup app?
How do I get started with IDrive Photos?
Can I use the IDrive Photos app without giving access to the required permissions?
How do I automatically upload new photos and videos from my device gallery?
How to add a photo or video as favorite?
Can I search specifically for only photos or videos?
How do I restore a photo or video from my account?
How do I restore the entire photo gallery from my IDrive Photos account?
Where does IDrive Photos store the restored photos and videos on my device?
How do I share photos or videos from the IDrive Photos app?
How do I delete a photo or video from my account?
How do I upgrade my subscribed plan?
Can I access and share my photos and videos via web?
Can I backup live motion images with IDrive Photos?


What is the difference between IDrive Online Backup app and IDrive Photo Backup app?

IDrive Online Backup app is a cross-platform compatible backup and restore app for recovering your critical phone data in case of a disaster. Backup your contacts, calendar events, photos, videos on iOS, and even SMS and call logs on Android. Mobile backup is available with all IDrive plans and it includes compressed backup of pictures by default.

IDrive Photo Backup is a photo manager app for your mobile device. Store unlimited pictures and videos from your mobile device in original resolution. The app provides a simple user interface to view your Photos and Videos. It is a good alternative to Google Photos, iCloud as a simpler, more cost effective photo storage solution. A dedicated plan for unlimited photo backup starts at $9.95/year, with a first year discount of 90%.

How do I get started with IDrive Photos?

  1. Download and install the IDrive Photo Backup app from Google Play Store on your device.
  2. Sign in with your account credentials.
  3. Allow IDrive Photos to access all the photos and videos in your device gallery.
IDrive Photos

Once access is allowed, all the photos and videos stored in your device will show up in your IDrive Photos gallery. While IDrive Photos is preparing for backup, you will see the following icons:

- Backup is in progress

- Not backed up yet

Can I use the IDrive Photos app without giving access to the required permissions?

IDrive Photos needs access permissions to your device media for successful use of the app.

To allow access permissions,

  1. Sign in to your IDrive Photos account. The permission screen will appear.
  2. Tap 'Allow' from the permission screen to use the app.

How do I automatically upload new photos and videos from my device gallery?

The 'Auto upload' option is enabled by default in the IDrive Photo Backup app. This ensures all the new photos and videos are automatically uploaded from your device to your account. If 'Auto-upload' is disabled, enable the option in the app settings.

  1. Sign in to your IDrive Photos account.
  2. Tap on the top left corner of the gallery, to go to 'Settings'.
  3. Tap 'Auto upload'.
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All the new photos and videos clicked or saved on your phone will be automatically backed up to your account.

How to add a photo or video as favorite?

To add a photo or video as favorite,

  1. Sign in to your IDrive Photos account.
  2. In the 'Photos' tab, long-press on the photo or video that you want to mark as favorite. You can also tap and select multiple items.
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  4. Tab on the top-right corner.
    Alternatively, you can open the photo or video and tap on the bottom bar.

The marked items will be listed under the 'Favorites' tab.

Can I search specifically for only photos or videos?

Your photos and videos are displayed in the order of the latest date starting first. You can use the timeline scroll bar to view media from a specific period. You can also search for only photos or videos.

To search for only photos or videos,

  1. Sign in to your IDrive Photos account.
  2. Tap .
  3. Tap 'Photos' if you want to see all the photos in your account gallery. To view all the videos in your account, tap 'Videos'.
IDrive Photos

How do I restore a photo or video from my account?

To restore a backed up item,

  1. Sign in to your IDrive Photos account.
  2. Open the photo or video that you want to restore.
  3. Tap .
IDrive Photos

To restore multiple photos at a time,

  1. Sign in to your IDrive Photos account.
  2. In the ‘Photos’ tab, long-press on a photo or video that you want to download.
  3. Tap and select all the photos or videos that you want to restore.
  4. Tap .

The selected item will be downloaded and stored in the 'Internal Storage' > 'IDrive_Photos_Download' folder of your device.

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How do I restore the entire photo gallery from my IDrive Photos account?

To restore entire photo gallery,

  1. Sign in to your IDrive Photos account.
  2. Tap to go to 'Settings'.
  3. Go to 'Restore All' and tap to start downloading all the photos and videos.
  4. Tap to cancel the restore process.
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Where does IDrive Photos store the restored photos and videos on my device?

The photos and videos restored from IDrive Photos are stored in the ‘Internal Storage’ > ‘IDrive_Photos_Download’ folder on your device.

How do I share photos or videos from the IDrive Photos app?

To share a backed up item,

  1. Sign in to your IDrive Photos account.
  2. Tap to open the photo or video that you want to share.
  3. Tap .
  4. Select an app from the list to share the desired item.
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How do I delete a photo or video from my account?

To delete a photo or video,

  1. Sign in to your IDrive Photos account.
  2. Tap to open the photo or video that you want to delete.
  3. Tap in the bottom bar.

To delete multiple items,

  1. In the 'Photos' tab, long-press on a photo or video that you want to delete.
  2. Tap and select all the photos or videos that you want to delete.
  3. Tap on the top-right corner.
  4. Tap 'OK'.
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Note: Deleting will remove selected items permanently from your device and account.

How do I upgrade my subscribed plan?

IDrive Photos provides a 7-day free trial. At the end of the free trial you must upgrade your account to avoid cancellation and removal of backed up photos and videos.

To upgrade your free trial to a paid subscription,

  1. Tap 'Upgrade' in the top banner. Alternatively, you can go to 'Settings' and tap 'Upgrade'.
  2. You will be redirected to the web. Select the storage and provide billing information.
  3. Tap 'Upgrade Now'.

You will receive a confirmation email once the subscription is upgraded.

IDrive Photos

Can I access and share my photos and videos via web?

You can sign in to your IDrive Photos account from the web to access, share and restore your backed up photos and videos. All the backed up media files are displayed in the 'Timeline' view, sorted according to date.

IDrive Photos

To share photos and videos,

  1. Sign in to your IDrive Photos account from the web.
  2. In the 'Photos' tab, select the required items and click .
  3. In the 'Share' pop up, click 'Advanced Settings' to define the following parameters:

    • Set a password - You can set a password for accessing the link.
    • No. of Downloads - You can specify a limit for the number of downloads. The maximum limit is 25.
    • No. of Days - You can specify the duration for which the link remains active. The maximum duration is 30 days.
  4. Click 'Create share link'. A share link will be created and you can access it from the 'Shared' tab.
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  6. Click 'Copy link' to copy the link to clipboard. Share the link with the intended recipients.

To restore photos and videos,

  1. Sign in to your IDrive Photos account from the web.
  2. In the 'Photos' tab, select the required items and click .

Can I backup live motion images with IDrive Photos?

Live motion images (photos with motion) will be backed up as still images in IDrive Photos. The movement portion of such images will not be available in the backed up images.

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