Sometimes I want to share photos my friend right after after we take the shots. I want those photos to appear in my Google+ Instant Upload album immediately, rather than waiting for it automatically do it.

How can I force "instant upload" to run?

  • Have you checked to make sure your settings aren't preventing the upload somehow? E.g. make sure that it's set to upload over both Wi-Fi and mobile data. Commented Mar 14, 2013 at 2:36
  • You could always share them manually.
    – ale
    Commented Mar 14, 2013 at 3:28
  • Where to check for the setting? In Gallery app? I cannot find that configuration.
    – Nam G VU
    Commented Mar 19, 2013 at 5:54
  • I would like to share photo manually by using the photo links rather than sending the photo file. So I need photos be online via Instant Upload
    – Nam G VU
    Commented Mar 19, 2013 at 5:55

3 Answers 3


From the Google+ app, select Settings -> Instant Upload and press the Upload all item, it will just upload any photos that haven't already been uploaded.

As noted in the comments, you can also share individual photos in your album via Google+.

  • I prefer to share link to the photo rather than transfer the photo. So I need it goes online to Goolge+ via Instant Upload.
    – Nam G VU
    Commented Mar 19, 2013 at 5:52
  • I cannot see Instant Upload in Setting.
    – Nam G VU
    Commented Mar 19, 2013 at 5:53
  • Answer clarified to indicate which settings.
    – Prisoner
    Commented Mar 22, 2013 at 10:35
  1. Open the Photos application on Android. It can be found in the Main application list.
  2. The three dots in the upper right corner -> Settings
  3. Choose Auto Backup.
  4. Under Auto backup, under the third section Backup Settings choose Back up all.

Make sure that your connection settings permit you the backup - you must be using a WiFi connection if under Back up Photos you have chosen Wifi only and you must be charging if you've put at tick next to While charging only.

The same procedure could be done through the Google+ app instead of the Photos app.

  • For me it always shows backup successful but no photos are uploaded
    – Lord_JABA
    Commented Apr 30, 2015 at 18:08
  • On my phone, Settings is under the menu that slides in from the left after I tap the three lines menu in the upper left-hand corner. I guess it's been updated since this answer was added.
    – Vince
    Commented Oct 13, 2015 at 5:55

go to Settings/Accounts & Sync/Google/(choose Google Account if necessary)/

Google Plus Photos is probably already checked. Un-check it and re-check it. This will force it to re-sync immediately.

Someone should develop a button to do all this automatically. I edit all my photos in Google Plus before posting on Etsy.com. I force the sync so I can work continuously.

HTC One S running Android 4.1.1

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