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If you’re looking for a place to back up and store your precious photos, the new Toronto-based startup, MyShoebox may prove a viable solution. MyShoebox allows for free unlimited photo backup, from anywhere including Windows, Mac, iPhone and Android.

After the 30 day free trial, MyShoebox provides full resolution photo storage backup for a premium price of $5 per month, but the free plan allows you to store all your photos at a reduced web version resolution size. Both plans include private storage by default, secure portal encryption, and the ability to upload and download your photos via any cross-platform application.

After setting up an account, when you launch the mobile app version of MyShoebox, you can enable it to automatically sync and upload photos from your Camera Roll to your MyShoebox account. With the desktop MyShoebox applications, you select folders of photos on your computer that you want uploaded to your account.

MyShoebox uses EXIF data stored in each photo to sub categorize them into related Events, Timeline, and the Cameras they were shot with. You can download individual photos, but the company is working on a way for users to perform batch downloads. Photos can also be deleted from within the Mac or Windows apps, or signing into the MyShoebox website. MyShoebox supports JPEG and PNG images, but not RAW image formats.

The company says the mobile apps will allow you to disable uploading photos over your cellular data connection, and it says by default the Android app waits until your phone is charging to backup full resolution photos.



  1. Boni Oloff
    November 14, 2012 at 3:24 am

    This looks better, and cheaper than Dropbox and have unlimited storage.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 15, 2012 at 4:08 am

      Hmm, Boni, I didn't think about that. How much is unlimited storage on Dropbox?

      • Boni Oloff
        November 15, 2012 at 7:45 am

        Dropbox have no unlimited plan, it costs $49.99 for the highest 500GB per month.
        In ShoeBox 5USD for unlimited storage backup per month.
        So, i think ShoeBox is better, because it is cheaper and it is provide more storage than the DropBox.

  2. Dee Wheat
    November 13, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Having lost a ton (almost literally!) of pics through two crashes, this looks like exactly what I have been looking for! Thanks, MUO, you guys always come through!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 15, 2012 at 4:07 am

      Dee, you definitely want to have a backup of your photos. Preferably two or three backups. MyShoeBox is still working on the function getting bulk downloads of all your photos. But at least you'll have them backup somewhere. And it does it almost automatically.

  3. Terafall
    November 13, 2012 at 2:56 am

    I wonder,how is this app better than picasa or flickr

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 13, 2012 at 4:19 am

      Terafall, I had that same question. Except for the automatic upload feature of Shoebox, I'm not sure how this service is better than Flickr or Picasa. I think Flickr is just $25 for unlimited upload.

      • Anne
        November 13, 2012 at 9:45 pm

        Hi Terafall and Bakari!
        Anne from MyShoebox here! We offer stronger uploaders and better features including events, a merged timeline, natual language search, and mobile apps. The autosync and cross platform functionality also make us something special. For your first month you have access to a free pro account (though our basic account is always free) so try it out for yourself! Let me know if you have any other questions/comments.

        • Bakari Chavanu
          November 13, 2012 at 11:46 pm

          Anne, thank you for updating and letting us know about your service.

  4. CJ
    November 12, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    First off, great idea and a potentially great service. Though they have problems with support (took 72 hours for the "Founder" to respond to an e-mail), and there is practically no way to deactivate your account without e-mailing staff (who never responds). The delete functions are practically time-exhaustive, going through every photo one by one to delete manually (no mass delete and staff never responded (see above) to if this feature would come soon). Like I said, potentially great service, but they have to iron out the basic kinks before even releasing a public beta. Service is more like in alpha stage.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 13, 2012 at 4:17 am

      CJ, thanks for sharing this information with our readers. It may be useful to them.

    • Anne
      November 13, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      Hey CJ and the MakeUseOf Community!
      I'm the Community Manager at MyShoebox. It was actually one of our co-founders that responded to your email, though I am sorry it took a few days to hear back. Our delete account feature is now live and accessible through the "Account Settings" section of the website or desktop app (so there is no need longer the need to email a request in). I don't have a firm timeline for you on the mass delete photo function, but it is in the works. Let me know if you have any further questions/comments, I love hearing from our users!

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