Best applications to keep safe and preserve photos taken with your Android smartphone or iPhone using automatic online backup
To keep your photos safe, until a few years ago, the only way was the classic one of downloading them onto the computer, then connecting the smartphone to the PC via cable to transfer the photographs via USB cable. This method, however, is a rather tedious job that you had to remember, often impossible to do if you were traveling away from home. Furthermore, even if you save the photos on the PC, it is still possible to lose them if the hard disk breaks and a backup on an external hard disk or other memory unit is still required.
A better, automatic, fast and safe solution is the cloud, so as to save the photos taken with the mobile phone a second after the shot, so as not to lose them even if the phone suddenly falls to pieces. In the following guide we will show you how back up your photos automatically taken with an Android phone or an iPhone using these applications that offer a perfect free service.
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1) Google Photo
One of the best services for backing up photos is Google Photo. Google Photos provides 15 GB of space for free (shared with Gmail and Google Drive) to save your photos at the highest possible quality; if you need more space you need to subscribe to Google One.
However, the subscription price is low, just 2 Euros per month, so it is possible to store millions of images online without worrying about losing them. The Google Photos app on Android and iPhone takes care of automatic backup and also has the function of freeing up space by deleting photographs that are already safe in its online archive.
To back up photos with Google Photos we install the app for Android or for iPhonelog in with your Google account and activate photo backup.
From that moment the backup is automatic and the photos are visible both from the application (by logging in with the same Google account) and from the website photos.google.com. A great advantage of Google Photos is the possibility of being able to find images using the intelligent search box made available, which also includes descriptive searches (for example, “beach photos”).
2) Microsoft OneDrive
Those who work a lot on the PC can also consider the photo backup provided by Microsoft OneDriveeven more so if we already have a subscription to Microsoft 365 active.
In the free version only 5 GB of free space is offered, which explains why I highly recommend this backup system only to those who keep their Microsoft 365 subscription active (which brings the cloud space to 1TB).
To activate photo backup we install the Microsoft OneDrive app for Android and for iPhonelog in with your Microsoft account and press on Turn on Camera Backup present in the first startup screen of the app. Alternatively we can activate the option later by opening the app, taking us to the menu Meby pressing up Settingspressing on Camera backup and pressing up He confirms.
3) Amazon Photos
A great cloud system for keeping photos safe online is Amazon Photosthat offers unlimited space for customers who have an ad subscription Amazon Prime.
The only flaw is that the backup does not apply to videos, which are instead saved in Amazon Cloud Drive which requires a subscription (there is only 5 GB free). To have video backup you can pay for a 100 GB subscription for 20 Euros per month or 1 TB for 100 Euros.
To use Prime Photos you just need to download the app Android and for iPhoneconnect to your Amazon Prime account and activate automatic backup.
4) iCloud (solo iPhone)
Anyone who uses an iPhone and uses a Mac or MacBook for work he must Turn on automatic iCloud backup from iOS settings, without installing other applications; the free account allows you to use a limited 5 GB space, which is very small for permanent daily use. You will necessarily have to buy one iCloud+ subscriptionchoosing one of these plans: 50 GB for 0.99 euros, 200 GB for 2.99 euros or 2 TB for 9.99 euros.
Since 50GB should be enough for everyone, paying for iCloud might be convenient. However, the fact that iCloud is only available on iPhone, Mac and Windows (using the client from Microsoft Store) makes this solution a bit limiting, especially if you want to change the type of phone with Android in the future.
Photos stored in iCloud can be found online on iCloud website.
Dropbox it was the most used cloud app in the world for years so its photo backup function is still used by many people. In this sense the Dropbox app isn’t as comprehensive as Google Photosand is limited by the amount of space you have with Dropbox (it’s not really convenient for new accounts because it’s only 2 GB).
If you have a lot of space available in Dropbox, then you can use the app for Android e iPhone the option of Camera uploadsavailable in the menu Settings.
6) Other automatic photo backup services
Other backup solutions are offered by different cloud services, all equipped with automatic backup of photos taken on your phone:
- pCloud: one of the best for cloud security, being able to activate lifetime subscriptions, unlimited space and End-To-End encryption.
- MEGA: one of the best free cloud services, with over 30 GB of free usable space and End-To-End encryption active by default on all accounts.
- Box (Android e iPhone): another valid app for backing up photos and avoiding losing them in the event of problems or loss of the phone, using a reliable and secure service.
- Icedrive (Android e iPhone): another cloud service for secure photo backup, totally open source and equipped with End-To-End encryption.
If we want to create a personal and one-of-a-kind cloud we can also read our guides on how create a personal Cloud Server on your PC, unlimited and free come on how to turn your computer into a “cloud” file server without limits.
Nowadays we can keep photos safe online using very reliable and secure cloud services such as Google Photos, OneDrive, iCloud and Amazon Photos, all provided by well-known companies and multinationals that are unlikely to close down overnight, something that many users fear when it comes to cloud photo services.
To learn more we can read our guide to best “cloud” web apps to store photos.