The cameras of mobile devices have evolved and nowadays, it is possible to capture high quality images with your smartphone. Of course, there are also amazing digital cameras and with all the options to capture great images, the need to protect them in case of accidental deletion or other issues, increases. To prevent the loss of our valuable memories it is important to backup our photos. Although may users opt for USB flash drives, or CDs and DVDS, these devices can get lost or damaged so it is advisable to opt for another alternative.
Many use Dropbox as it offers a convenient option for mobile devices, but there are other solutions that are more affordable, secure and simple. We’ll go through some of the best alternatives to Dropbox that will allow you to preserve your photos for posterity. Some of the services in the list are focused on backup, while others offer cloud storage. We’ll also let you know which ones have automatic backup feature for mobile devices, such as the option that Dropbox supports.
SugarSync supports a good selection of features and it allows you to mange all your photos without hassle. Syncing is its strongest point, but SugarSync also offers backup capabilities and it works very well. It allows you to create albums automatically and you can share them as photo content, or as plain files if you prefer it. SugarSync is ideal for collaboration purposes thanks to the folder sharing option and your friends and family can contribute files and access your photos. You can upload photos from smartphones and tablet and it supports iOS, Android and BlackBerry. You can get 100GB for $7.49 per month.
Formerly known as SkyDrive, OneDrive is Microsoft’s solution that offers up to 5GB of free storage, which can be expanded.Users who have Office 365 can get 1TB of free storage. It supports storage, syncing and sharing capabilities. There is a full resolution option and it is easy to use, particularly for Windows phone users. OneDrive works similarly to Dropbox and once you set it up, it will back up and sync your files in the background, without interrupting other tasks. The interface is appealing and you can easily back up and store photos from Android, iOS or Windows Phone.
Amazon Cloud Drive
This is an ideal solution for anyone who wants simple, powerful backup for the photos on their phone. If you have low-resolution photos, you may be able to store thousands of them for free. Amazon’s service is very similar to Dropbox in terms of syncing, but it focuses on mobile backup. You will be able to sync from different platforms including iOS, Android, Mac and Windows. If you need to store high resolution photos, videos and other files, you can opt for the unlimited storage solution for $59.99 per year.
Picasa Web Albums
Picasa is probably the most underrated solution from Google and while it doesn’t get the recognition that other products get, the truth is that it features file storage that is very practical and affordable. In spite of being very useful, the main downside of Picasa is that Google can use your images for marketing purposes without paying you. If this doesn’t bother you, Picasa may be a good choice since it supports photo organization and online storage (Google Drive) for free for up to 15 B. If you need additional space, you can get 100 GB for less than $24 per year.
While Picasa focuses on photo organization, users can upload photos to Picasa Web Albums, which is an online storage and sharing site. To be able to create true backups, you will need to adjust the settings in the software to make sure that the original quality of the photos is preserved. If you use the Google+ app, you will be able to back up the photos from your mobile device automatically. However, it should be noted that while on Android it is possible to opt for full-resolution uploads, on iOS, the photos are resized.
Flickr has been around for a while, but it has been updated and it now offers new features that make it worth considering as an option to keep your photos. It now gives you 1 TB of storage for free and there are no monthly upload limits anymore, which means that it is a good option for remote backup.Although Flickr is mainly a gallery site where you can upload photos mainly from your computer, there are some add-ons that support other applications for one-way transfers.
While you don’t have to pay to access your original photos, in order to download all your files at the same time, a third-party app will be necessary. Some of the options for batch downloads include FrostBox and FlickandShare. Flickr is not exactly the most efficient backup option, but the impressive storage limit make it worth considering for remote photo backup. It should be noted that automatic mobile backup is not supported.