Today I am just taking a break from the usual birding. I discovered an easy way to automatically back-up all your photos for free!
I am adding in many photos of birds below starting with the letter "N" for the ABC link. Above is a collage of our First Nations people during a celebration dance and a totem.
Above is a humming bird on the Nest!
I will run through some choices before I tell you what I settled on for myself. Before I start I will mention that I am sure everyone has a back up hard drive that they pull their photos in each time they download. This gets a lot of those old photos off your computer. For those of you with an iPad or iPhone you already will have the iCloud.
My problem is I have an android cell phone that I cannot add storage to so I need storage for my cell phone. I can connect my cell phone to my computer easily and put the photos on the hard drive but it is annoying. I was looking for a simple solution and one where my tablet and my cell and computer are always linked up and always backed up automatically.
I will start with the lowest amount of storage.
First I considered using Drop Box, but it will only give you 2 GB of storage. I use it sometimes as it is handy. I can access it from all my devices.
Next I considered using One Drive, the two little blue clouds symbol. Previously called SkyDrive. That is ok, it gives you 5 GB of storage. I stash some photos in there sometimes. These are handy if you have a tablet and cell phone and you want to link the photos up to each.
There are two Google Options I think if I have this correct. I looked at Google Drive and it has 15 GB of storage shared with your gmail, photos and Google Photos. It looks fine if that is what you want. Many of the Google+ bloggers will already know all this stuff.
Since a lot of us bloggers have a Google Account already, then I decided to use Google Photos. At first I worried are all my photos going to be public, no they are all private, good. And it gives you an incredible 15 GB of storage free. And you get unlimited storage if you use their upload of 1089 p per video and 16 m. pixel per picture. Don't set it at the Original size to upload, set it at High Quality and you get unlimited storage. The pictures and the video quality is superb, good enough for blogging.
So on the cell phone it automatically will back up my photos each day. I have it set to backup only when on WiFi. Each day when I get home it has done its magic. I have WiFi in the car so it does it automatically.
I did test the amount of time it took to do a large upload of 300 photos to get them off my cell and it went very smoothly with no pauses or stuttering. It took about an hour and a half to do that many but my internet is slow I think.
The most important thing that they do not tell you is about how you must delete your photos. It is a little tricky. If you just delete your photos from the main page of photos, they are all deleted from the cloud of Google Photos, from your phone and from tablet, etc. You must only delete your photos a certain way if you want to keep a copy of them in Google Photos. So many people have had all their photos disappear. I think they keep them in trash for a certain number of days, perhaps 30 days though so you can get them back if you mess up.
Photo of Northern Cardinal below, not taken on the island.
I have an android phone and this is how I must delete my photos off the cell phone now, in order to keep a copy of them on Google Photos. Go to Menu, then go to Devise Folder, touch the picture to delete and in options, top right, select Delete Devise Copy and then you still have your copy on Google Photos!
Also if you do some editing of your photos it will be edited on all your photos. So keep a copy of the original if you need to use the original again. I did some editing last night and found I had saved two copies so there must be an option where I saved both.
Next I will write about the various ways to link your cell to your tablet and computer. I think I love technology, when it is working.
We are at the letter "N" for Nora this week at the ABC link-up! I will see you all there and at the other link-up parties!
Please leave me a comment on how you are backing up your photos and what works for you. There is so much to learn and so little time! As you can tell I am very excited about social media and technology but I did not grow up with it so I have to learn it as I go along. Here is the disclaimer, I am not a computer person so check out the facts on all these clouds storage ideas before you fly in there.
Thank you to these meme hosts for allowing bloggers to share their story. Click on these links to find great blogs and photos. This post is for these wonderful bloggers:
The Bird D'Pot Sunday Thank you to Hootin' Anni
MacroMonday 2 Thank you to Gemma Magical Mystical Teacher
(the humming birds are my macro)
Nature Notes Tuesday Thank you to Ramblingwoods
Our World Tuesday Thank you to the Our World Team
Wild Bird Wednesday Thank you to Stewart
ABC Wednesday Thank you to Mrs. Nesbitt and the Team
GoodFences Thursday Thank you to Gosia (the nuthatch is on the fence)
HAVE A GREAT WEEK BLOGGERS AND BIRDERS!!