Friday, September 25, 2015

Photo Backup Made Easy...Amazon's Cloud Drive

Times, they are a changin'.

A few days ago, I was thinking about how different preserving family memories was for our parents than it is for us.  My parents had (and probably still have) a drawer in their bedroom that was just for family photos.  There were hundreds, if not thousands, of paper photos that had been printed at a store and categorized in rows.  They were still stored in their original paper folder from the store (remember those?), with a few random photos stuck in between.

I must say, I am pretty thankful for modern technology when it comes to organizing and preserving my family's memories.  Not that it wasn't fun to go through those pictures at my parents' house, but now, I have the convenience of things like Amazon's Prime Photos service to store and organize all of our family photos in a few easy clicks.  Not only do I not have to worry about paper photos eventually deteriorating, but I have a trusted company like Amazon to backup and preserve one of my most treasured possessions.

If you are an Amazon Prime subscriber, I have a surprise for you...this service is already provided through your membership!  You have the option of backing up an unlimited amount of photos and up to 5gb of other content, including videos, movies, music, and files.  The process of setting up Prime Photos is ridiculously easy.

To backup photos, just click here and click "Prime Photos" to get started.

You'll see several different options for backing up your photos.  If you're like me, you take photos on both your phone and "big camera"...luckily, there's an opting for protecting photos from both through Amazon's Prime Photo service!  Just save the pictures from your computer via the "web" option and send yourself a text message to download the mobile app (more on that later).

The web option couldn't be easier to use.  Once you click on that icon, you'll see this screen.  Backing up your computer's photos is as easy as selecting from their file folder or dragging into the blue dashed box you see on the screen. (I use iPhoto on a Mac...all I did was highlight the pictures I wanted to backup and drag them into the box.  So easy!)

Once the files were finished uploading, they were organized by date in my Amazon Photo folder.  That's it!  I can see all my images at a glance by scanning through this folder.  I also have the option of sharing files via link or Facebook by clicking on the individual photo.  The process of uploading files to your Cloud Drive is very similar.  Just click "All Files" at the top left corner of this screen above to upload up to 5gb of content.

Uploading files from your phone is just as easy!  Once you download the Amazon Photos app (available on Android and iOS devices), give your app access to photos and sign in.  After that, you have the option of turning on Auto-Save, which automatically uploads your phone's photos to your cloud (you can opt out, but this is definitely something I decided to do).  Then, you'll be taken to your photo "main page."

Click the lines at the top left of the page to go to your options, and click "Add Photos" to upload from your phone's camera roll.

Select the photos you'd like to upload and click the're all set!  You've freed up valuable space on your phone and set future photos to upload effortlessly.

  While photo uploads are unlimited for Prime customers, you can upgrade to unlimited content of all file types for 3 months for free!  For $59.99 a year (less than $5 a month), you have the option of upgrading to unlimited content on Amazon's Cloud Drive.  If you're not a Prime customer, you can access unlimited photo uploading and the 5gb of content storage that Prime members enjoy for just $11.99 a year.

You have all of the technology in the world at your disposal...why not use it?  And knowing that Amazon's Cloud access is free to me makes that even better!  You can click here to get started on your own access/free trial.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.