Your photos and videos are precious memories and you do not want to lose them. Here are four free services that automatically backup your photos and videos and access them from anywhere.
If you're like most people, your phone is your primary camera. As such, it contains highlights of your life or the lives of your children, and you do not want to lose those memories. If your phone is lost, stolen, or broken, all your photos and videos can go with it. However, there are some services, most of which are free and allow you to securely store your photos and videos in the cloud. One of the best things about cloud storage is that you can get these photos or share them from anywhere.
Google Photos is one of the best and easiest ways to make your Android photos safe. Most devices can store photos and videos indefinitely, with one small caveat: your photos and videos are saved with a "high resolution" instead of the original resolution. Google uses machine learning to reduce the size of these photos and videos while maintaining a high level of detail and clarity. Most users do not even notice the difference. The only exception to this are pixel phones (minus the 3a), which receive unlimited storage at the original resolution.
If you do not have a Pixel phone and are not satisfied with the High Quality option, Google allows you to save original-quality photos and videos to the available space in your Google Drive account. The free plan offers 1
Google Photos not only offers free, unlimited storage, but also a wizard that helps you make the most of your photos. It can automatically suggest filters for your photos. Note, however, that the original photo is not affected. It can show memories like "This day two years ago". In addition, Google Photos lets you search for faces that are known to be near you (if you do not think that's too scary). It can also search for places or things like "New York" or "statues".
Google Photos should be preinstalled on your phone. Otherwise, you can download the app from the Google Play Store. Open the app and you'll be asked to sign in to your Google Account. By default, the Google main account is used on the phone. You will also see the upload and storage settings. By default, the High Quality option is used (save again for Pixel phones that receive unlimited, original-quality storage space) and only use Wi-Fi data. To change these settings, tap Change Settings.
Select your options and tap the back arrow in the upper left corner.
That was & # 39; s! Your phone automatically uploads photos to your device in the background. If you create a new device folder in the future (for example, Instagram, screenshots, etc.), you'll be asked to upload those photos as well. If you sign in to Google Photos or photos.google.com on any phone in the future, all of your photos will be displayed.
OneDrive is Microsoft's personal cloud storage and can automatically upload your photos and save them for you as well. Unlike Google Photos, OneDrive does not offer free photo storage, so whatever you upload will count towards your quota. The search functionality in the app is pretty limited. However, you can tag photos with the service, which can be helpful to the organization if you are inclined to do so. For $ 9.99 per month, the 1 TB plan is included with Office 365, which allows you to access the Microsoft suite of Office software – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. This is a pretty solid business.
First, download the OneDrive app and tap Sign In.
Log in with your Microsoft account.
Let's say you opened the app for the first time. After logging in, you'll be asked to upload your photos. Touch "Start Camera Upload." Then tap "Allow" in the displayed permission screen.
If you use the photo backup feature, starting this process is also very easy. Open the app and touch the "Photos" button below. Then tap "Turn on" at the top of the screen.
Confirm that you want to back up your photos to OneDrive. Confirm again to reduce the uncertainty of Microsoft.
And you're done! Your photos are automatically synced with OneDrive> Pictures> Camera Roll, and you do not even have to think about it in the background. The easiest way to see them is to tap the Photos button in the app.
If you'd like to customize the photo sync settings in the app, tap the "I" button in the lower-left corner of the app. Then tap on "Settings".
Then tap "Upload Camera."
 Customize the settings and you're ready to go.
For a good reason, Dropbox is one of the oldest names in cloud storage – it's pretty fast and easy to use. When you download the app for the first time, sign in with your account. In the next screen, tap "Allow".
During setup, Dropbox offers backing up photos. Tap 'Save photos'. (Yes, it should be "save" instead of "save," but what can you do?) Then tap "Allow" in the displayed permission box.
If you're already a Dropbox user and want to use this feature to back up photos, tap the Hamburger button in the upper-left corner, then tap " Photos. "
Tap the" Turn on camera upload "button at the top.
If your device has Wi-Fi and the battery power is low, Dropbox will automatically start syncing your photos.
Tap to adjust sync settings click the "hamburger" button> "Settings."
Tap "Camera Uploads." .
That's all. Dropbox does not provide free storage for photos, so anything you upload will be counted towards your quota. You get a meager 2GB for free, then you have to get the money out for one of the paid levels.
This is an often-overlooked option that should not really be. If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, Amazon offers all Prime members unlimited photo storage and 5 GB video storage. Non-Prime members receive a total of 5 GB of photos and videos. Even better, the unlimited disk space contains full-resolution photos, not the "high-quality" photos Google promotes. But here too, there are reservations: you have to deal with ads, offers and promotions. Nothing in life is indeed free.
Start with Amazon Photos and download the app. When you open it for the first time, you will need to log in (or create an account). If you're already using another Amazon app, just confirm your account – tap Next.
On the next screen, tap "OK". Then accept permission for Amazon Photos to access your device media by tapping "Allow".
You can configure options such as automatic backups (which are enabled by default) and allow uploads using mobile data. Tap Done and your photos will be synced.
To adjust the settings in the app, tap "More" in the lower right corner. Scroll down and touch Settings.
One setting we recommend is "Image Recognition". This allows Amazon Photos to search for people, places, and things, making the search much more useful. This setting is disabled by default. To turn it on, tap "Image Recognition" and slide the switch to "On".
Overall we strongly recommend a photo and video backup. You just never know what could happen to your phone, and it would be a shame to lose all those memories. If you change the phone, transferring photos becomes child's play. If you do not use any of these solutions, we recommend starting today, if not earlier.