How many pictures are on your phone right now? 50, 100, 500? According to a survey by Magisto, a video making app, the average mobile user takes 150 pictures a month and has an average of 630 photos and 24 videos stored on their phone or other mobile device. Quite honestly that sounds low to me.
Now, when was the last time you downloaded or backed up the photos on your phone? It breaks my heart every time I see a friend post on FB about their phone dying with 1000s of precious photos trapped inside or about a phone that was stolen never to be seen again. You use your phone to take precious snapshots of your life so you need to protect them.
Backup Your Phone’s Digital Pictures
The easiest way to get your pictures off your phone is to do it automatically. If you are an iPhone users, sync your camera roll to iCloud. Storage on iCloud is ridiculously cheap – $0.99 a month for 50 GB and $2.99 for 200 GB.
Another helpful app for both iPhone and Android is Dropbox. From the Dropbox app on your device, you can turn on the Camera Upload in the Settings Menu. Then you can chose where you want the app to use cellular data to back up your photos or not. I would suggest choosing to not do this. Instead allow the app to back up the photos whenever you are connected to your home’s wifi. Whenever you are connected to wi-fi and have new pictures, they will be automatically backed up to your Dropbox account.Don’t let your precious photos get trapped inside your phone. Get them out of there! Click To Tweet
Download To Your Computer
You might feel overwhelmed by the idea of downloading your phone’s pictures onto your
computer but it is really easy to figure out. The best thing to do is to google “download photos from (type of phone).” This will find the exact instructions for how to download the pictures from your model and type of phone. If you are going to use this manual method that you, it is best if you do it at least once a month. Create a folder named “Phone Downloads” to dump everything into until you have time to organize it all.
Back It Up
Also keep in mind that you need to back up these pictures once they are on your hard drive, just as you need to safeguard all of your important files on your computer. Use a cloud based system like Carbonite or Backblaze to automatically keep your files backed up. You should also have a secondary backup system such as an external hard drive. When it comes to back ups, it’s always important to have duplicate systems in case a hard drive fails or the internet disappears one day.
The important takeaway here is that no matter how you do it, no matter what your budget is, it is very important that you get your photos off of your phone and safeguarded either in the cloud or on your computer or both. Then you’ll finally have room on your phone to take some more pictures.
There are so many different ways to download and backup your photos. It’s impossible to cover them all here. What is your favorite?
If getting your photographs organized seems too overwhelming or too time consuming for you, consider hiring a Personal Photo Organizer. You can find one near you through the Association of Personal Photo Organizers.
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