One of the most common questions parents and clients ask me is how they should backup their photos. Here I’m going to share with you 5 easy ways to backup your photos to ensure you won’t lose these special moments of your family.
I’ll be focusing on backing up photos from your cell phone since that’s how most of us capture and store our memories. (However, these options are also great for backing up photos from a different source like a DSLR camera.)
If you have an iPhone, this is the easiest and best way to backup your camera roll. It automatically syncs and updates your photo and video collection and you can access them from all your Apple products. You can also upgrade your storage for as little as $0.99/month. Here’s a step by step guide on how to set up iCloud if you haven’t already.
Many people don’t know this but if you have an Amazon Prime account, you get free unlimited photo storage. Yes, FREE and UNLIMITED photo storage. Download the app (for iPhone and Android), log in to your Prime account, follow the steps, and it’ll automatically begin to sync. You can also drag and drop photos from your computer to the website when you have photos from a camera you’d like to save. (Here’s the catch: It’s unlimited storage for photos only. You get 5GB of space for videos and files.)
This is very similar to Amazon Prime Photos but you obviously log in with your Google account. This is also unlimited…kind of. It’s free and unlimited to store “high quality” photos (aka reduced file size) but if you want to store full resolution photos, you only get 15GB. And like Amazon, you can also drag and drop photos from your computer to the website. Another thing that can be useful is that you can choose to delete the photos/videos from your phone that have been safely backed up which frees up your device’s storage. Download app for iPhone here. (I believe Androids are already set up with this…)
This is a great option if you also need something for your business. Dropbox Basic is free but you only get 2GB of storage space which is not much. Dropbox Plus is 1TB of space for $99.00/year or $9.99/month. Dropbox Business is great if you have multiple employees and users. I use Dropbox Plus for work because it syncs with my computer and I can upload and edit clients’ photos directly from there so it’s not clogging up my hard drive. With the app (for iPhone and Android) you can transfer files and photos from the Cloud to your phone and vice versa. There’s also an option to automatically sync and upload your camera roll when you connect your phone to your computer. This option isn’t as easy and seamless as the other 3 but it’s good for work use.
External Hard Drive
If you’d like to have a physical storage option, then external hard drives are the way to go. After transferring everything over, I like to put it back in its original box, stick a Post-It note listing what’s stored in it, then place it in a Ziploc bag, and store it in a safe place. Here are a couple I like: 1, 2
I hope you found this helpful. I like to recommend at least having 2 different storage options just to be extra safe. I actually use all 5 of these options but that’s because I’m paranoid (it’s 8 years of being a professional photographer). haha It’s devastating to lose years worth of photos and videos of your kids and loved ones and never be able to get them back so please start backing up if you’re not already doing so. If you ever lose your phone or all your photos, at least you’ll have peace of mind that you haven’t lost all your memories.
Happy safe keeping! :)