A bit off-topic, but useful we thought, would be to share a few tips on “stress-free” ways to backup, first posted by Michael Hsu at The Wall Street Journal. Hsu shares his tips for backing up your phone’s pics and videos, as well as copying them back to a hard drive. Below, we’ll share his tips for iPhone and Android users alike, utilizing services from/for Apple, Google and Flickr.
For iPhone users willing to pay a monthly fee, Apple’s iPhoto app coupled with an iCloud subscription will put every photo in the cloud and manage space on your phone in the background, so no deleting is necessary. You can begin at $1 a month for 50 GB or go to 2 TB for $10 per month. It’s found in the phone’s “Photos & Camera” setting, under “iCloud Photo Library.”
On the Android side, Google Photos lets you store an unlimited number of photos and videos free, provided the photos are under 16 megapixels and video is shot at 1080p or less (which is normally the case anyway). You can free up phone space periodically (manually) after your photos are backed up from the “Free up space” menu setting.
Flickr offers 1 TB of storage without restrictions for photo backup as well.
To set up the above two options, Hsu says: Open their settings, select “Backup & Sync” in Google Photos or “Auto Uploadr” in Flickr and toggle them on. After that, the apps will upload files whenever your phone is connected to Wi-Fi.
Here’s his advice for downloading your backed-up photos to a hard drive.
For iPhone, open the Photos app on a computer, choose “Photos” then “Preferences,” and then click “Download originals to this Mac.”
On Flickr, login from your browser, select “Albums” under the “You” menu, hover over the album called “Auto Upload” and then click the “Download” icon.
Google Photos allows you to batch download to the extent that you can grab 500 items at a time. From your PC, log into photos.google.com, select the most recent photo you want to download, hold the Shift key and select the oldest photo you want to download. Then press Shift+D to acquire the group of them as a zip file.
There are other options out there as well, but these should get you started. There you go… and you’re welcome! (With all credit due to Michael Hsu of WSJ)