Many travel through the summer or get together with friends and family they haven’t seen in months or years. Our photos are precious reminders of these wonderful times, whether we are with family in our backyard, or trekking through the Alps. Don’t let the failure to back up your photos take away those memories. The technology is available, easy to use, and available at very reasonable prices.
- Travel with a thumb drive so you can transfer photos off your phone/camera. This is essential if you take a lot of photos and need the space. It also gives you an extra back up until you get home.
- Long term, you can’t go wrong with an external hard drive, still one of the most cost effective, secure and convenient ways of backing up photos and other data.
- Check out various, easy to use apps for cloud storage. Most come with an initial amount of free storage and then you pay per month depending on how much you require. Prices for storage have been dropping. For a few dollars a year you can protect your precious memories without worry!
Google Photos – All android phones come with Google Photos preinstalled. It’s a gallery app, a photo editor, and a backup tool all in one. The storage is free and unlimited.
iCloud – For Mac users, iCloud Photo Library is available for all your photos from all your Apple devices. Any changes you make to an image will be replicated on all the devices too. ICloud gives you 5GB of free storage and then you pay.
Microsoft OneDrive – Microsoft has its own automatic photo backup tool: OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive). OneDrive is both a generic cloud storage tool and a photo-specific backup tool (like Google Photos). Free space is limited to 5GB but you can increase if you sign up for a personal account.
Shoebox – Shoebox is a great option that can upload photos from Facebook if you give permission. It has a very clean, easy-to-use, ad-free interface that’s also very simple to use. The plan includes unlimited photo storage of up to 10.6 megapixels.
Amazon Prime Photos – Amazon Prime members are now entitled to free shipping as well as unlimited photo storage for up to 5 people for as long as you’re a subscriber. The service has an auto-tagging feature similar to OneDrive so that you can search for “beach” and only get photos from your collection that includes the beach.
Flickr – Flickr was one of the earliest photo and video cloud storage providers in the market. Flickr includes 1 Tera Byte of storage for all its plans, which is a lot for most users. But if you want more, you have to open a new separate account.
Dropbox – The service is available cross-platform, and quickly is becoming popular. It is easy to share links to albums, and to use the desktop software to drag-and-drop files. In addition, hi-res images are supported and there are no file size restrictions on Dropbox Business. It’s also very quick to enable the auto-uploading of photos (WiFi or cellular when using a mobile app). Free storage is limited to 5GB.