Family Memories From a Mobile Device
The Best Ways to Save Family Memories From a Mobile Device
June 27, 2017
One of the best advantages of owning a smartphone is that you can do so much more than simply text or take calls — you can do just about everything you need online, check the weather or take lots of photos. The only time the volume of photos becomes an issue, is if you start to run out of storage. You can , of course, use Facebook or Instagram, but you'll probably want to consider more private options. Here are some ideas for easily and affordably storing great memories.
Wireless Hard Drives
A wireless hard drive is essentially a router combined with a hard drive. Use it in your home, or another location, and connect to it using your WiFi. You'll experience reliable and fast transfer speeds, so you can quickly upload videos and photos to the storage device. Some allow you to schedule automatic uploads when you get in range of the wireless device, so you're guaranteed to have everything backed up when you need it and don't have to continue uploading manually.
Aside from the initial setup, automating backups require no user interaction, ensuring a worry-free, hands-off process. You can retrieve your files using your computer. Some wireless hard drives include batteries so you can use them anywhere. This means you can take lots of photos at an event and then transfer them to your storage device right away.
Simple Computer Backup
Another storage option is to back up everything on your computer. In this case, you'll only need a compatible USB cable, which is usually supplied with your phone. Plug in the cable and look for the photo folder on your device. It's usually labelled DCIM, which is an acronym for digital camera images.
Typically, photos are labelled with the time and date they were taken, so all you have to do is copy and paste them to a suitable folder, without worrying about accidentally overwriting anything. Of course, if your computer goes missing or breaks down, you may lose all your photos. Computer backups can also be time intensive, since you can't schedule automatic image backups as you can with wireless hard drives. A precautionary option is to use both methods for added protection.
MicroSD for In-Camera Storage
If you want to add a little extra storage to your phone, consider adding a Secure Digital (SD) card. Most phones are compatible with microSD cards. To add this type of storage, you'll either have to open up the back of your phone, or insert the card into the side of the phone, depending on its design. It's very easy to accomplish.
When you're ready to transfer files to a more permanent storage location, simply insert the microSD card into an appropriate adapter, and place that adapter into an SD card slot in your computer. Most phones also allow you to transfer from the microSD card to your computer through a USB port.
This storage method has the advantage of simplicity since you don't need to rely on WiFi as you would with a wireless portable hard drive. In addition, microSD cards are available in large capacity sizes — more than enough storage for even the most photo-hungry person. Unfortunately, if you lose your phone and the card, you lose all your photos. To avoid this, routinely back up your images to a wireless portable hard drive as well for additional security.
A wireless portable hard drive is the most convenient method for backing up your photos. However, you may prefer to regularly back up your photos on your computer or via a microSD card. Either way, backing up your images helps keep them safe and secure.
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