Two Simple Ways to Backup your Photos

I don’t know about you, but I hate losing my photos. Especially if my phone is lost, stolen, or broken.

Maybe your phone is limited on storage capacity, and continues to tell you that it no longer has any memory to store new photos.

Some phones are limited to 16 GB internal Hard Drive Space, and cannot hold as much memory as other phones.

Smart phones are strange when it comes to storage space.

They only allow a specified amount of space for applications, photos, etc. Because of this, storage space can be a little deceiving, and down right frustrating.

No longer do you have to decide between deleting those precious memories, or bathroom selfies, and having enough space to save your photos.

Whether you have an iPhone, an android, a Blackberry, or a Windows phone, there are only two ways to back up your photos from your smartphone.

The Old Fashion Way: Plug in your phone to the computer

Since their existence, smartphones have always had the capability to be plugged in to a computer via a USB cord.

As you connect your smartphone to your computer, there are two ways to access your photos and back them up on your computer.

The first one is through a program such as iTunes, or Samsung Kies, either for your iPhone or Samsung Phone respectively.

These programs are set up to backup all information from your phone, including call logs, text messages, photos, applications, and so forth.

The other option is simply opening up your files directly from your phone.

What I mean by this is that your phone is registered on your computer as an external device, and the files can be seen as an external hard drive. It works the same way a USB flash drive does; instead of seeing the flash drive content, you will see the content on your phone.

For those android users, often times a micro SD is used for extra storage for your photos, files, and certain apps.

When a micro SD card is installed in your phone, your camera app will automatically detect it, and request you use this as your default storage space to save your photos.

The nice thing about micro SD cards, is that they usually come with an SD card converter which can be put directly into your computer. This works just as a USB flash drive does, and you should be able to back up your photos onto your computer with ease.

It’s also an added bonus for those smartphone users who have limited internal storage capacity. Unfortunately for Apple fans, iPhones are not equipped to use a micro SD card.

Cloud Storing Services

Probably the easiest way to ensure that your photos are backed up is to install some form of cloud service to your phone.

Fortunately most smartphones already come with a cloud service. For example, the iPhone has the iCloud, Samsung has Samsung Cloud Drive, Microsoft has One Drive, and Google has Google Drive or Google Photos, for backing up your photos.

All of these cloud services, aside from one, have limited storage, and the ability to upgrade your storage amount for a certain amount of money.

When the Samsung Galaxy S6 flagship phone came out, it had an amazing promotion with Microsoft, giving you an extra 100GB worth of space on the One Drive when you purchased the new phone!

Now that some time has passed, Microsoft has taken back the promotion, claiming a time limit on how long you were able to use this extra storage due to it being a Samsung promotion.

You can also use third-party cloud service apps such as DropBox or other apps like Mega which starts a user out with 50 Gb of space, or Degoo which give you 100 Gb of cloud storage for free!

The reason these companies are giving away such ridiculous amounts of cloud space?

Simple: promote more users.

The only way to truly backup all your photos without ever worrying about losing storage space, is to use the Google Photos app.

Google Photos, provides an unlimited storage option, and will sync the photos from your smartphone or tablet directly to your Google account.

The only down side is when you choose the High Quality (free unlimited storage) option in Google Photos backup settings, you have all the files in a reduced file size.

Limitations to Cloud Services

Like Google Photos, each of these cloud services have their limitations. Whether it be storage space, inability to sync directly from your device automatically, or slow download or upload speeds.

As I mentioned earlier, most cloud storage has very limited space given for free. Microsoft’s One Drive only gives you an allotted amount of 5GB, where as Google Drive gives you 15GB to start with.

With the cloud service, Mega, there is a bandwidth limitation that a user can download or upload in a given time period. This leads to slower speeds when uploading files to this cloud server, making it time-consuming depending on how many files you upload at once.

Fortunately, there are browser extensions on Chrome and Firefox which state an overall increase in performance speeds.

Like Mega, Degoo lacks similar abilities, such as file syncing, file sharing, and backup scheduling.

Degoo backs up your files every 24 hours instead of having a scheduled interment time to back up your devices like your computer or phone.

On the positive side, Degoo has their headquarters in Sweden, and as such, is out of reach of the NSA, and you have the ability to have a much more secure cloud system without the potential of the government prying into your personal files.

All in all, using a cloud service to backup your photos is usually the easiest way to keep from ever losing them.

When someone hears the word cloud, it is often met with uncertainty, as many people do not know how to use the cloud, or what it means to backup in a cloud service provider.

It can be pretty scary, and make people pretty hesitant to use these services.

Your smartphone is set up, so you can use any of these cloud services to automatically backup your photos without ever having to think about it.

Cloud services can be used just like an email.

You log in, and find your files, and can delete them at any time, or organize them however you like into folders.

Email servers have begun integrating cloud services that will automatically sync your photos to their cloud, and save it for you.

This way, you can log into your email and all the photos you backed up will be there!

Whatever way you choose, never fret about losing your photos again.

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