Storing your photos in “The Cloud”?

We have thousands of photos spread across several computers now – most cruise related – and we’d like to get them all in one easy, safe location. Curious as to what experiences everyone has had with storing their photos on the internet. Websites, programs, apps – we want to hear all about the good and the bad!

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I have worked in IT for 6+ years and highly recommend Google Photos. It's very easy and able to access from all devices (android, Apple, all laptops, etc). You get 15 GB for free - I have over 10 years of photos/videos and have about 13 GB right now. You can pay for 100 GB for $2 a month, which I'll do once I hit 15 GB. They have a lot of smart features (will recognize items that might be "deletable" (screenshots, old text photos, duplicates) so that you can free up space and get rid of images that are taking up space. You can also search by faces - super helpful for finding old photos for birthdays and special occasions!

I have important photos also on my google drive & my external hard drive. I don't store any photos on my computer hard drive - and I highly recommend not storing any important documents/photos only on your computer hard drive, make sure it's backed up! I've seen way too many people come in with a broken laptop and we're unable to recover photos or documents.

I've been using google photos too! But let me ask you this because I'm so confused. The google photos app on my phone would have everything backed up, even if I deleted it off my phone. Then, suddenly the app was deleting the same pictures I deleted on my phone, they were calling it 'backup and sync' instead of just backing stuff up. Luckily I hadn't deleted anything too important but still. Now it seems to be back to normal. Do you know anything about this? I want to make sure it's really backing up my phone's pictures.

Google Photos! They'll even let you create albums and they'll automatically put a time stamp on them. If you need to upload them to another site, they'll let you do that, or you can print them at your local pharmacy. You can also send pictures to others if needed.

If you take any pictures on your phone, they'll automatically be backed up to the cloud to free up more space.

I had actually just started playing with Google Photos before I asked what others were using. Glad to hear so many people are having success with it. Thanks!

I have my iPhone back up on-the-go to Google Photos (when I have WiFi, that is). Google has a pretty good search feature and can automatically search for faces or objects as well as locations. You can also create shareable albums in addition to having the main bucket of photos, which is arranged by date taken. I also set it up to see every picture my husband takes and decide whether I want to save it to my collection. It’s free, as long as you don’t mind compression of the image down to 16 MP. I rarely print photos these days so the loss of pixels doesn’t bother me. Plus I think my phone’s camera might only take up to 12 MP anyway :)

I tried storing my photos in “the cloud”. I just tied them in batches to balloons and released them. By the way, anyone know how to retrieve them?

I've been using google photos for the last few year and have had no issues. I like that if I take pictures with my phone it is automatically uploaded so if I delete any in error I don't have to worry. I also use USB drives.

I've had things uploaded to the cloud that I never knew were preserved. It was good in that it was easy to move and recover when initiating a new phone or tablet.

Shutterfly, it's free to sign up and it doesn't cost you anything to upload your photos. You can even create photo books for ordering. I have been using them for years, I have pictures dated all the way back to 2005 and have never had a problem storing anything.

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