Getting to Know the All-New Photobucket Mobile App for Android: Auto Backup

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Feature Updates, Help & Support | 44 Comments

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Our new Auto Backup feature makes securing your mobile photos a breeze. Auto Backup will automatically upload each new photo you take to a new album in your Photobucket library. The album will be private by default, so nobody else can see your images.

To enable auto backup, first tap the Photobucket icon in the top left corner of the screen. This will open up your menu. Now tap Backup.


Tapping Get Started will immediately begin the backup process.


This will begin uploading all photos and videos on your phone into the album Mobile Uploads, in your Photobucket account.


Instead of uploading all your stored photos into one album, the Photobucket app will conveniently sort your photos into new albums by year/month.




You can always turn Auto Backup on/off, or adjust when you’d like to automatically backup your photos – either only when connected to wifi, or over the air (using your data plan).

First, open up your menu by tapping the Photobucket icon in the top left corner of the screen. Tap settings.


Now tap Auto Backup.


Tap Auto Backup to turn backup on/off.


Once Auto Backup has been enabled, tap Wi-Fi Only to allow backup only over a wifi network (this option will not use your data plan and only begin backing up your photos once connected to a wifi network).

Unchecking this option allows the app to backup your images at any time (this option will use your data plan if not connected to a wifi network).



Please note - uninstalling and reinstalling the Photobucket app will cause auto backup to begin uploading all photos on your phone, regardless of whether they have already been uploaded previously. 


  1. Alexis Avila
    July 9, 2015

    I recently got a new phone so I uploaded all of my previous photos from my last phone onto photobucket. How do I get the pictures back on my new phone ?

    • Hannah
      July 13, 2015

      Hello Alexis,

      To get your photos off of your Photobucket account and onto your mobile device you will need to log on to your Photobucket account via a desktop computer, locate the album that has the photos you wish to retrieve and select “download album” under the “options” section to the right of your album. Once you have downloaded the album to your desktop, you can plug your phone into the computer and drag-and-drop the album onto your phone.

  2. Jennifer
    June 27, 2015

    Is there a way to get photos back to your camera role after you store them on the app? So If you wanted to text them or upload them to Facebook you could? Or do they have to stay on the app?

    • Hannah
      June 29, 2015

      Hello Jennifer,

      You can just open the album that you would like to take photos from, then select the download icon (the cloud with an arrow ) from the bottom action bar and select the album on your phone that you would like those photos to download to.

  3. Sharon
    June 19, 2015

    I want to auto backup a specific folder. I have some very sensitive financial data in my main photo folder sometimes and don’t want that to be anywhere on the web. Is there a way to automatically backup a specific folder, say “funnies” folder instead of default camera folder, ie “DCIM”?

    • Hannah
      June 22, 2015

      Hello Sharon,

      With the current version of the “Auto Backup” feature, you will not be able to automatically back up specific folders. With the current feature, you would need to manually select the photos you wish to backup to your Photobucket account if you do not wish for everything to be uploaded.

  4. shahzad
    June 14, 2015

    is there any way to upload only pictures not videos in autoupload option

    • Hannah
      June 16, 2015


      The auto upload feature currently uploads both videos and photos, so if you would only like to upload photos, you would have to change your upload settings to manual.

  5. Frank
    May 7, 2015

    PB keeps backing up/uploading the same picture over and over. Everytime i open it. It starts again. Keep deleting and have autobackup turned off. If i delete the original upload will it stop? And its happening to others but has stopped on those. But keeps doing it the the same pic. I dont like PB to be eating up my data usage.

    • Hannah
      May 8, 2015

      Hello Frank,

      We are so sorry about this inconvenience. Please contact us at so that we can assist you in fixing this issue. Thank you!

  6. Leeland Heins
    May 7, 2015

    When I run the android photobucket app it gets stuck with the spinner and message “Fetching gallery media…”… forever, or at least for hours. I can’t upload any pictures or do anything. The “CANCEL” does nothing. I can only hit the home button on my phone to get out of it. FWIW, my phone is a Samsung Galaxy S III

    • Hannah
      May 8, 2015

      Hello Leeland,

      We are very sorry for the inconvenience this is causing you. This is a known issue that we are working to resolve as soon as possible. If this issue persists in the next coming weeks, please contact our support team at so that we can help you resolve the problem.

  7. Andree
    May 6, 2015

    Is there a way to upload all of my photos on my phone to my photobucket? because my auto-backup isnt working :/

    • Hannah
      May 12, 2015

      Hello Andree,

      You can manually upload photos to your Photobucket on your mobile device. Just go to your home screen and look for the “+” icon. Click on that, and then select “upload”. You can then select as many photos at once as you’d like from your Camera Roll.

  8. Marissa
    April 19, 2015

    Why does the app only “auto backup” if I have the app open and my screen on? This isn’t very “automatic”

    • Hannah Moorhead
      April 20, 2015

      Hello Marissa,

      The auto backup feature currently only runs in the background on Android devices. So if you are on iOS, the app will need to be active for your photos to backup. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you!

  9. cheryl
    April 11, 2015

    Why are my photos being removed? This is very frustrating being that I have removed them from my phone and now the pictures are gone forever.

    • Hannah Moorhead
      April 13, 2015

      Hello Cheryl,

      We are so sorry to hear this! Please contact our support team at so that we can troubleshoot the issue and help you with your account. Thank you!

  10. Yoonoo
    April 6, 2015

    Hello why does It save 3 of the same phot to my photo-bucket ???

  11. leslie
    March 6, 2015

    What happes to my pics if I am over the 10gb. It says I’m 200% over my 10gb. Do my pics delete to make room for more? My phone backs up automatically. Im afraid my pics and videos are being deleted as my phone automatically backs up. Is photobucket back up similar to saving my photos to my laptop or computer?

    • Hannah Moorhead
      March 9, 2015

      Hello Leslie,

      Photobucket is similar to saving photos to your computer in that they are “backed up”. The difference is that your photos will stay safe on Photobucket if something happens to your computer or phone. We do have different pricing options for getting more storage. You can view them here:

  12. nani
    March 3, 2015

    My phone did an auto back up to photobucket. It said complete, when I went to look for certain videos it wasn’t in photobucket. Did it delete from photobucket when it got deleted off my phone?

    • nani
      March 3, 2015

      Is there anyway I can get it back?

    • Hannah Moorhead
      March 4, 2015

      Hello Nani,

      The auto backup should safely and securely upload your videos. However, if you had a poor internet connection or if the video was too long, the upload may have timed out. Please contact our support team at so that we can further assist you. Thank you.

  13. Mike Baumgart
    February 21, 2015

    Is there anyway to stop it from uploading videos? The app wants to auto upload the movies/TV shows which can be 1 to 15 GB or more sometimes, Obviously I don’t want them to auto upload.

    • Hannah Moorhead
      February 23, 2015

      Hello Mike,

      The auto backup feature automatically backs up photos and videos. To prevent that, you would need to turn off auto back up, and manually upload the photos you wish to add.

  14. Priscilla
    February 2, 2015

    Hello I just downloaded the app and it did great at uploading my pictures. Problem is I can only see the recent pictures album (I have an iPhone 6) but I’m not able to access older pictures to upload since the album doesn’t show. How can I do this

    • Hannah Moorhead
      February 3, 2015

      Hello Priscilla,

      Please submit a request with our support team at so that we can troubleshoot the issue and assist you further. Thank you!

  15. Paige Broughton
    January 30, 2015

    Question: I have over 1000 pictures of my son. From birth to now and it is using all of the storage in my phone. If I upload them to photobucket, am I safe to delete them off my phone? I’m terrified I will loose them!! Thanks!!

    • Hannah Moorhead
      February 2, 2015

      Hello Paige,

      Your photos will be safely stored on Photobucket as long as they are uploaded properly. Please make sure that all of your photos have been uploaded properly (look at the image count) and not to delete any photos off of your phone until the upload is 100% complete.

  16. Angelina
    January 20, 2015

    There was a lot of pictures that were deleted a lot of my albums. Is there any way I could get them back?

  17. Bonnie
    January 8, 2015

    Question. I set the app to auto backup, I changed the lock screen settings to never, & put to auto backup only on wifi & it doesn’t auto backup my new photos. Any troubleshooting advice greatly appreciated!!!

  18. Al magic
    January 5, 2015

    Is there a way to select folders on Android to backup. I don’t want every picture folder. I have specific folder that I would like to get backed up only.

    • Hannah Moorhead
      January 6, 2015

      Good Morning,

      You can manually add the photos you wish to backup to your Photobucket account via the app. Navigate to the “+” symbol in the bottom left hand corner of the screen, then select “upload”. You can then select the multiple photos you wish to backup.

  19. Denise
    December 6, 2014

    How do you DELETE them from auto back up? I never wanted it & it keeps backing up EVERYTHING in my phone.

    • Hannah Moorhead
      December 8, 2014

      Hello Denise,

      When you are in the photobucket app, click on the menu in the top left hand corner, then click on “backup”, then turn auto backup “off”.

  20. Misty
    November 22, 2014

    If all my photos are backed up on the app, and I delete them off my they stay uploaded in the app so I can view them on a PC from my account?? Or do they delete off my account if I delete them off my phone?

    • Hannah Moorhead
      November 24, 2014

      Hello Misty,

      Photos that are uploaded to your Photobucket account will remain there even if you delete the photos off your phone. The only way your Photobucket photos will be deleted is if you sign in to your Photobucket account and delete them there.

      • Courtneigh
        May 30, 2015

        My photobucket app told me my pictures where uploaded to my photobucket, but they are not showing up when I sign in on my mac book, and also it keeps telling me to re upload my photos . Please help I already deleted all of my pictures off of my phone know they are on my photobucket app but not on my mac.

        • Hannah
          June 16, 2015

          Hello Courtneigh,

          We apologize for the frustration this is causing you! We know how important photos are to our users. Please contact our support team at so that we can further assist you in accessing your photos. Thank you!

  21. Scott Brabson
    November 19, 2014

    We do store originals, but we only link out at a maximum of 1024×768.

  22. Steven J Dinsmoor
    November 19, 2014

    Does it upload in FULL resolution?

    Does it backup video and/or in full size?