If you are living in Sydney at the moment you would have noticed (after two weeks of rain!) that Summer has definitely left us and Autumn has moved on in. Apart from mourning those lazy, warm days and golden sunsets it's a good time to do something with all those summer holiday snaps you took while everyone was off work and school! So, how do you make sure you can keep your precious family photos forever?
Don’t trust your smartphone!
These days, most of us take and store our photos on our smartphones. They’re so convenient; you’ve got a camera with you wherever you go, so you don’t have to miss a single moment! But as with all technology, disaster can strike...
I was recently talking to a client who had taken loads of photos of the arrival of her newborn baby on her smartphone, only to drop it in her neighbour’s swimming pool over summer. All photos gone!!! DISASTER!!! (Lucky for her, her Little Love newborn photos were safe and sound:)) Obviously, memories like baby photos are some of the most precious any of us can have. They are something that we’d definitely want to keep forever. That’s why it’s vital to have more than one option when it comes to saving your favourite photos.
Cloud storage is one of the most popular and convenient ways to back up your smartphone and preserve your summer holiday pictures. They make it easy to share information between your smartphone and your computer, as you can generally download from cloud storage onto a variety of different devices. This enables you to save your photos in several different places quickly and easily. Here are a few of the most popular cloud storage options:
Dropbox is probably the most versatile cloud storage option as it works with most operating systems, including Windows, Android, iOS, Mac, Linux and Blackberry. The free Basic account will give you 2GB of storage. You can easily add to this, however; Dropbox gives you extra free storage for simple tasks such as turning on the Camera Upload feature (3GB) or getting your friends to sign up to Dropbox (500MB for each friend you sign up).
OneDrive is a good option if you don’t have much storage space left on some of your devices. It lets you choose which files you want to store on each device. This means you don’t have to duplicate, but you can still save all your photos! A basic account will give you 5GB of storage free and it’s really easy to use. It works with iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
You probably already have a Google Drive account. You get one automatically if you have a Gmail or YouTube account. It give you 15GB of free storage, and you can upload your photos from an iOS or Android phone by using Google +.
iCloud only works with iPhones, but you can still sync your files across a number of devices by using iCloud Drive, which is compatible with Windows PCs. You get 5GB of storage free.
Cloud storage is a great option as it is an easy way of saving your photos to other devices, allowing you to free up space on your smartphone to take more pictures! It also has the advantage of allowing you to share your photos with friends and family without having to put them on social media, so you can choose who gets to see the pictures of you and your family.
Saving them to your computer
Backing up your phone to your computer regularly is a great idea as your photos will be stored on both devices. In addition, just to be extra sure you won’t lose anything, you can add an external hard drive to your PC, or Time Machine if you use a Mac. Backing up regularly to these devices will give you an extra layer of protection – it’s highly unlikely your smartphone, computer and external backup will all fail at the same time.
Email your photos to yourself!
Many of us don’t think of emailing our photos and videos to ourselves, but it’s actually a quick and effective way of making sure your photos are stored in more than one place (or if you aren't always convinced other forms of back up are 100% reliable). To be absolutely sure I have more than one copy of my favourites I simply email them to myself (ie my desktop) from my phone. Opening the attachments on your computer or tablet will allow you to save them there.
And don’t forget, for the ultimate peace of mind, you can also print your photos out! Create a beautiful space in your home for a few frames so your precious holiday photos can be on display and keep you warm all year long!