How to archive photos from a smartphone?

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It is estimated that the iPhone is the most photographed device in history. The number of smartphones and the ease of taking pictures made us photograph everything. After some time, we notice that we only have a large chunk of our life and emotions on the phone. What if the phone breaks or gets stolen? How to archive photos? It is worth protecting against the possibility of their loss, making a backup and synchronizing the collection of photos with an external medium (disk, computer, cloud). What options do we have?

Photos in the clouds

It has gotten very loud about all kinds of clouds for some time. Program in the cloud, work in the cloud, archiving in the cloud - this concept has become very popular. Its phenomenon lies in the ease and intuitiveness of use. To archive your photos, just drag them to your storage space on the internet. There are many options on the market for such file storage, and the most popular are paid or free versions. The most popular are:

  • Google Drive

  • Dropbox

  • OneDrive

  • iCloud

Depending on the operating system we work on and on which we use the smartphone, we can choose something from the Microsoft or Apple offer. For people who value independence and need a universal solution, Google Drive or Dropbox may be a good idea. The first one also offers additional functions, such as automatic album creation, in which the program, based on GPS coordinates, places all photos and videos, for example from one weekend. Thanks to this, we can have more than an ordinary archive and it will be much easier for us to prepare presentations.

In the case of Dropbox, you just need to install it on your smartphone and computer, and then log in to one account. We sync photos by simply throwing them in the application into our folder. After a few moments, they will appear in the Dropbox folder on your computer. It is a very convenient solution if we want to store materials for publication. A photo taken with a digital camera can be prepared in Photoshop and then published on Instagram from an iPad. Interestingly, Google Drive allows you to automatically sync all data on your smartphone. It is enough to turn the Auto Backup option to On in the application (for Android and iOS).

However, if we are Windows Mobile users, OneDrive will be the best option.To automatically sync photos, just select additional settings from the photo browsing and go to OneDrive sync. For comparison, iPhone and iPad users have a dedicated iCloud cloud at their disposal. After entering the application and selecting the photo stream, you can freely transfer photos to the disk. To keep your files on your computer, just install iCloud and start syncing.

Archiving photos to an external drive

Before the first clouds for archiving photos appeared, additional portable drives were used. It is still one of the most popular methods, despite the assumed risk of data loss due to mechanical failure. Computer scientists joke that no matter what disk we use - it matters how many copies we have. Therefore, the external drive can be treated as a complement to the cloud. The cheapest models that do not need a separate power supply cost several dozen zlotys, but it is worth investing in top brands and such capacity that after uploading current items, we still have a large spare disk space.