The issue of photo storage has come up a few times in conversation with other parents recently, and it seems to be something that weighs on our minds. We’re blessed with the ability to easily take thousands of photos of our kids nowadays, but it’s also become a curse because we end up with, well, thousands of photos that we don’t what to do with. How should we store them? How should we organize them? How can we share them?
I’m fortunate because my brother-in-law Kevin is a digital and social VP at a major ad agency, and he’s always on top of the latest technology. I can always turn to him for help and enlightenment (he recently wrote this informative article on digital memory loss that I found super interesting). Here’s what he had to say when I asked him what parents should do about photo storage.
1. Set automatic photo backup on your phone – you never know when you might lose or break it. Here’s how to do it on an iPhone, and here’s how to do it on an Android phone. iPhone owners who want to back up their photos to Google Photos instead of Apple iCloud can download the Google Photos app. Kevin recommends Google Photos over Apple iCloud for a few reasons: It’s universal (so it can be installed on both Google and Apple devices), there’s a decent free option, and it’s got a ton of intelligence built in for auto-correcting and other fun things. You can read more about Google Photos’ services here.
2. Regularly store your photos in two different places: a cloud backup and a hard-drive backup. If you’re automatically backing up your photos (per step one), then you’ve already taken care of the cloud backup part. For the hard-drive backup, you’ll have to purchase an external hard drive.
3. Take advantage of all the search and sharing features that your photo storage system offers. For example, did you know that with Google Photos there’s a way to automatically access your husband’s pictures of your last vacation (without repeatedly asking him to share them with you)? Or that you can search for a particular photo simply by typing in your kid’s name or even an event that you were at – say, a birthday party? You just type the word “birthday” in the search bar of your Google Photos account and it’ll bring up photos you took that Google thinks depict a birthday party (even photos not marked by the word “birthday”). I was totally blown away by this feature. It’s like we’re living in the future!