With SD cards getting cheaper and bigger, one might wonder why making a backup of your photographs is even a necessity. Well, there are several reasons behind this. First of all, people change phones every few years, so having a transferable backup can help out immensely. Second, after a while, your phone might get filled with malware, ransomware and viruses, which is why resetting it might be the only viable solution. Finally, using an SD card reader, cable or Bluetooth to transfer images from one device to another is a drag and using a cloud-based solution might be more efficient.
As far as open-source programs go, no one can beat Google. Not only are their Drives and Sheets on par with MS Office (which not a lot of people expected just a couple of years back), but they are browser-based, which a lot of people find to be incredibly convenient. All you have to do is install an app on your phone (it works on both iOS and Android) and start using it. While you have the option to store images at the original quality, this can be quite restricting, due to the fact that this practice won’t give you access to the unlimited storage space. This can be solved by simply allowing Google to compress your photographs. Seeing as how the compression algorithm is more than decent, this shouldn’t be that much of an issue. Otherwise, you have a Drive quote to deal with.
Sometimes, the most obvious solution is the best one. The first reason why you should consider using Dropbox for this purpose is due to the fact that the majority of people are already using it for other purposes. This means that you can skip the process of getting familiar with a new tool, which is a massive plus for a lot of people. Second, due to the fact that people using Dropbox usually have the app installed both on their phone and their computer, it makes sharing images between devices that much easier. All you have to do in order to use this feature is to look for Camera Uploads in the settings menu of Dropbox and there you have it.
This tool is so advanced and highly sophisticated that the only reason we haven’t put it at the very top of the list is due to the controversy that surrounded it several years ago. This is all but past now and, at the moment, Apple’s iCloud can boast with one of the most secure platforms in the industry. As for its advantages, they sometimes seem as too numerous to count. The first major one is the fact that it’s automatic, meaning that as soon as you take a photograph, it goes to the cloud. Automating your backup is a serious advantage. The second one is the simplicity of iCloud photo sharing. This means that you can send your vacation photos to your friends in a much simpler, user-friendlier manner than ever before.
Amazon Prime Photos
Even though this tool is exclusive to users of Amazon Prime, it’s still worth including on this list since, let’s face it, the number of Amazon Prime users is fairly high in 2018. Due to the fact that Amazon Prime members get an unlimited space to store their photos, this is definitely a feature that you should take an advantage of. The only foreseeable problem with this method lies in the fact that this feature only works for photos, not videos. On the other hand, you can always use Amazon storage for this, in order to make up for the downside. A problem with this lies in the fact that you only get 5 GB for free. Of course, you can get an additional 100 GB of space for $11.99 per year, which a lot of people find to be not worth it.
While definitely not an underdog, Shoebox is not as big of a name as some of the above-discussed tools and platforms (Google, Apple, Dropbox, Amazon). This, however, makes the fact that it’s not lagging behind them in any aspect, whatsoever, even more impressive. Previously, we’ve discussed how you pay a fixed yearly fee for a fixed amount of video storage, plus, being an Amazon Prime member doesn’t come for free either. Well, by being a Shoebox user, you pay a flat fee of $5 per month and get an unlimited storage service.
As you can see, there are a plethora of digital tools for you to choose from. Some of them are free while others are premium. Some of them are for photos only, while others work for any file whatsoever. It comes down to you to decide.