Nobody wants to lose their memories. If your photos have disappeared from your computer or phone, then your luck might have run out. But, not to worry! You can avoid this in the future by ensuring that your images are always backed up and saved before logging off from your device.
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Here are some pointers for ensuring your photos won’t vanish forever.
Upload Your Images to Social Media
A great way of saving your photos and videos is to upload them to your social media accounts! This is a great way to store your cherished memories with ease of access while keeping them all in one place. The chances of them disappearing or being deleted are slim, so you won’t need to worry about them getting lost.
Uploading them to social media also brings the added benefit of sharing your pictures and videos with your loved ones. Nevertheless, there are risks of relying on social media platforms. Sharing all your images online means that anyone can view them, including employers or others who you might not want to see the intimate details of your life.
If you’re uncomfortable with putting your data out on the internet, you might want to stick with other means of backing up your photos.
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Backup Your Photos
Downloading your images and videos off your cell phone or camera won’t be sufficient to keep your pictures safe. It’s best to keep them backed up on an external device such as a flash drive or hard drive or, alternatively, on a cloud-based storage platform.
Don’t let the idea of a “cloud” put you off. If your images are saved online, you’ll be able to delete the copies on your devices and free up some space! A great feature of backing up media to a cloud is that your data is accessible from any device, which allows it to be more easily shared with friends or family.
Below we provide a brief overview of a few of the top cloud storage systems:
The general agreement is that Google Photos is the most dependable cloud photo storage service on the market. It works smoothly over any device (or online), and it can store an unlimited quantity of videos and photos for free— provided you aren’t bothered by them being resized to 16MP (pictures) or 1080p resolution (videos).
Dropbox is very reliable and works smoothly across macOS, Windows, iOS, and Android. It allows 2GB of free storage space.
All Apple devices come with iCloud built-in and work automatically. It provides you with 5GB of free storage to start.
Print Out Copies
Keep it classic! If you have meaningful photos that you’d hate to lose, print them out. Is there any point in taking pictures if you never plan to look at them again? With the printed copies of your photos, you can create an album or scrapbook album filled with your most unforgettable memories. You’ll be able to page through your pictures with your children and their children, and you’ll be able to relive all of the incredible memories together.
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The above methods are good ways of saving and backing up your special memories. The major problem with backing up your digital images is that each approach has advantages and disadvantages; no one solution is ideal.
Very few objects in existence are completely eternal, even though you manually print your photos, they can disappear over time and be vulnerable to mold, moisture, or physical harm. It isn’t safe to keep all of your data on your devices because they could die or malfunction at any time, hence why backing up your images is critical. Any digital backup option is preferable to none.