An encrypted Swiss vault for your photo backups

End-to-end encryption protects your memories from data breaches. Proton Drive is the private alternative to Google Photos and iCloud.

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Encrypted photo backup based in Switzerland

At Proton, we believe you shouldn’t have to give up your privacy to back up your photos to the cloud. Proton Drive saves your files automatically with end-to-end encryption, so nobody can see your images but you. Even if Proton Drive is breached, your photos stay safe.

Founded by scientists who met at CERN, Proton Drive’s code is independently audited and open source, so anyone can verify it’s secure.

Why protect your photos with end-to-end encryption?

Keep Big Tech out of your memories

When you back up your photos and videos to other photo backup services, you hand over your most sensitive files to be scanned and potentially exposed.

End-to-end encryption ensures no one but you can access the photos and videos you back up, not even Proton.

Your photos and files can be leaked or hacked

Proton Drive has end-to-end and zero-access encryption that ensures your photos and videos do not fall into the wrong hands even in the unlikely event of a data breach.

Photos of sensitive documents such as passports and medical records can be exposed in hacks and data breaches if they are not protected by end-to-end encryption.

Your photos contain private information

Your photos contain precious memories and emotional value. They also contain important information such as your biometric data and precise location.

When you back up your photos to Proton Drive’s encrypted cloud, the contents of your files and associated metadata are encrypted on your device before they are stored on our servers.

Save space on your mobile device

Download the Proton Drive app for Android to automatically encrypt and back up the photos and videos on your mobile device.

Highest protection for your memories

Proton is incorporated and headquartered in Switzerland. This means the photos and videos you securely back up to Proton Drive are protected by Swiss privacy laws, some of the toughest in the world.

Built with privacy in mind

Proton Drive was built by the same scientists and mathematicians that built Proton Mail — the world’s first end-to-end encrypted email service. All of our products and features put your privacy first.

You have the right to protect your data

We believe no one has the right to access your private photos except you and the people you choose to share them with. Proton Drive ensures no one — not even Proton — can see your photos.

How Proton Drive photo backup works

When you enable photo backup in Proton Drive, your photos and videos are automatically uploaded to your secure drive at regular intervals. If your device is damaged or stolen, your photos will still be safe in the cloud. 

To enable photo backup, log in to the Proton Drive app, go to the Photos tab, and turn on backup.

Additional photo and video backup features

Encrypt your photo metadata

Proton Drive encrypts the contents of your photos and videos as well as associated metadata, such as file name and location, all before they reach our servers.

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Back up files automatically

Your photos and videos automatically sync to your secure drive at regular intervals. If your device is damaged or stolen, your photos will still be safe. Enable biometric or device lock to ensure your photos are protected even if your phone ends up in the wrong hands.

Save space on your device

After the upload is complete, you can delete the copies on your phone to free up valuable space. You can also view your photos and videos in Proton Drive without downloading them to local storage.

Share large files securely

Easily share your backed-up photos by generating an end-to-end encrypted file-sharing link for any photo, video. You can share it with anyone, even if they don’t use Proton Drive. There’s no limit on the number of times a file can be downloaded using a file-sharing link.

Access your photos offline

You can mark your favorite photos and videos Available offline to view and manage them even when you can’t connect to the internet. So you can watch movies or work with images even when you’re on a flight or off the grid.

Learn more about secure photo backup


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Created by scientists for a better world

Proton was founded by scientists who met at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and launched Proton Mail, the world’s largest encrypted email provider. Today, Proton secures the data of over 100 million people around the world who believe a better internet is possible.

Proton remains ad-free and exclusively funded by our community. Our business model is privacy.

Protect your files with Proton Drive

Over 100 million people and some of the world’s largest organizations have signed up with Proton.

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