In the pervious Google Photos for Android update, edited images no longer duplicate and replaced the original picture. There’s a new update rolling out that adds the ability to manually backup photos in albums that do not have automatic upload turned on.
Most people enjoy the Google Photo’s free unlimited backup, there’s sometimes an album (like the downloads folder) that you don’t want backed up to the cloud. For those situations, this new feature is very convenient when you come across the occasional image you want saved. All users need to do is select the images, tap the overflow menu, and press ‘Back up now.’
It is much easier than uploading the photo manually via the Share sheet or uploading things to an album. This feature will also work if you have backups disabled in general
Version 1.18 is rolling out now via the Play Store and we hope a similar feature will come to the iOS version sooner.