Losing your photos when you drop a phone is terrifying; it’s one of the reasons the Facebook app offers to back up images as you take them. But now it’s not going to do that anymore. From 7th July, the app will no longer offer to upload photos in the background.
You will continue to have access to every image you’ve uploaded to the social network, but only if you install Facebook’s Moments app. Not a fan? You’re not stuck. There are other ways to keep your images backed up in case something happens to your phone.
Let’s go through some of your options. Each one lets you auto-upload photos for free.
Moments is a photo-sharing app that Facebook released last summer. Moments wants to show you what images your friends are sharing. This can save you from searching through your News Feed. In the process, Moments also auto-uploads your photos and shows them to your friends (with your permission).
In short, Moments lets you continue uploading your photos to Facebook. It just requires installing another app.
Download: Moments (Android [No Longer Available] | iOS [No Longer Available])
Everalbum sees that you don’t have enough space on your phone to store all your photos. That’s why when it auto-uploads your shots, it offers to delete them from your device. Then it provides an attractive way to go back and look at all your memories. Free accounts downsize your photos, but $9.99 per month keeps their original resolution.
This relatively new app is rapidly gaining users, so now might be the time for you to jump on board this hot air balloon.
Don’t like the hot air balloon metaphor? Stick your photos in a shoebox instead. Like Everalbum, Shoebox offers a creative way to store and share an unlimited number of photos for free. Shoebox can pull past memories and surface similar photos in your collection. $5 a month lets you save your images in their original quality.
Download: Shoebox (Android [No Longer Available] | iOS)
Dropbox simplified how we view backing up our data. A task that we used to associate with moving files over to another hard drive became as simple as dropping them in a folder.
Turns out backing up photos is just as simple. You can find them in your “Camera Uploads” folder.
5. Google Photos
When it comes to storing photos online, Google isn’t new to the game. The search giant merely changes its approach every few years. Not long ago we used Picasa Web Albums. Then we uploaded images to Google+. These days there’s Google Photos.
If you’re immersed in Google’s ecosystem, this auto-backup solution may make your life easier.
6. Apple iCloud
iCloud is Apple’s way of storing and syncing your data. For people who own an iPhone, iPad, and MacBook, this may be the route to go. Folks less immersed in Apple products may want to look elsewhere.
iCloud supports Windows, but not Android, Linux, or other operating systems. The service comes pre-installed on Apple’s products, but you have to download it on Windows.
7. Microsoft OneDrive
These days you’re not a major tech company if you don’t have a cloud storage service of your own. Not to be left out, Microsoft has OneDrive. Before that, there was SkyDrive, Windows Live SkyDrive, and Windows Live Folders. Regardless of what the name is, you can upload your photos automatically.
8. Amazon Cloud Drive Photos
Many of us know Amazon as that place where you can order anything and see a box at your door in two days. Companies know Amazon for its extensive cloud computing services. Amazon has enough computing power to manage much of the web.
With so much capacity, it’s little surprise the retailer and budget tablet maker decided to sell storage space directly to consumers>. And unlike much of the competition, Amazon offers unlimited storage space for your photos, videos, and any other files.
Flickr has been storing photos online long before any of these other services got into the game. Over a decade after its inception, the site remains an online community as much as a photo-sharing platform. That hasn’t stopped Flickr from making modern mobile apps, and new members get 1 TB of data on their free account.
Download: Flickr (Android | iOS)
10. Seagate Backup
Backing up your data to a remote cloud isn’t for everyone. There are privacy concerns to consider, and you’re trusting strangers to manage your files.
Fortunately, there are ways to create copies of your photos without giving up control, and Seagate Backup is one of them. The app copies data from your phone to a Seagate hard drive when you connect to your Wi-Fi network. It’s one way Seagate helps you create a personal cloud storage space of your own.
Which do you like?
Software features come and go. In this case, you don’t have to do without the functionality you’ve grown accustomed to. You just have to do things differently. You may not like it, but you can react in other ways.
Which alternative app or service stands out to you? Will you go with Facebook Moments, try out Everalbum, or stick with Flickr? Let us know what you decide!