For many people these days their phone is their primary source of taking pictures. The days of carrying a digital camera with you are in the past except for special circumstances. But with so much pictures and videos on you phone we think less about backing them up. There are many situations in which you might lose your phone or want to sell it that you need to backup your media files. It would be a huge loss if you happen to lose all your precious pics. Not everyone is aware of the options for cloud backup so we are going to review them in this article.
If you have an android phone then either you are already on Google+ or at least have the app. If you have not opened the app then I would encourage you to do so and setup your account. I’m a daily user of Google+ and there are tons of great people to interact with on a daily basis. Google+ also has the great advantage that it automatically will backup every photo or video that you take. You will be presented with that option during setup or you can go into the setting and turn it on. If it’s your first time, you also have the option to backup all your current pics.
In the future as you take pics they will automatically be backed up. None of the pics are shared until you choose to do so. You can review all your pics online in Google+ under the Photos section. If you happen to switch your phone then once you login with your Google account then all your previous photo will show up on the new phone. A great feature and ensures that you don’t have to worry about losing your phone.
Dropbox was one of the first companies to start the automatic cloud backup for photos and videos. You can turn on the option in the setting and it will backup photos as you take them and add then to the pictures folder. You also have the option to backup all your current photos if it’s your first time. You can review all your photos online or through the app. If you are a Dropbox user you should definitely take advantage of this option. If you don’t use Dropbox then this may be a good reason to start using it. You get 5GB of space and there are plenty of ways to get more free space.
Getting in on the action a little late was Facebook with their automatic photo upload. This works similar to Google+ in that pictures are uploaded every time you take them. They are not automatically shared on your profile but backed up and ready for sharing if you choose. This can also make it much easier for sharing pics if you are a heavy Facebook user.
These are the top 3 programs that should cover most people’s needs but there are plenty of other apps and program that you can use as well. If you have any kind of cloud account that has an app then you can always manually upload the photo as well. But whatever you do, definitely backup you photos because that dreaded day will come and you want to be prepared. If you have any questions then be sure to leave us a comment. If you are using another app to backup your photos then let us know.