4 Free Cloud Photo Apps You Can Use To Save Memories

Who doesn’t love pictures, and with cameras available to all of us, thanks to that smart tool in your pocket, people are taking more images than ever before. But storing loads of photos can be a difficult job, particularly if you don’t have a lot of storage on your phone.

Solution: You need a camera app that can quickly save your pictures in the cloud.

There are several photo applications available for both Android and iPhone users to make cloud storage easier. Not every device offers you the same level of features or free storage though. So, to make your life a little bit easier we’ve handpicked four apps that you can install on your smartphone for quick and easily image saving.

Photo by Dominik Dancs

1. Google Photos

Let’s start with my personal favorite, Google Photos is one of the most common online photo storage solutions to date. The app helps you to back up unlimited images of up to 16-megapixel resolution for free and can be accessed from any mobile device running Android or iOS or directly via the web — by visiting photos.google.com. In addition to saving your images, this Google Camera App can be used to store unlimited videos with up to 1080p resolution. The latest updates includes features such as private messaging and manual touch face tagging.

Download: Android | iOS

2. Dropbox

If Google Photos isn’t your cup of tea you might want to consider Dropbox. Dropbox offers features such as camera uploads and screenshot backups. Dropbox’s cloud storage, which is available on Android and iOS devices and can be accessed online through dropbox.com, plus it comes with 2 GB of free storage. Users should consider of course to go with a paid plan to get up to 3 TB of cloud storage. Dropbox claims to support over 35 image file types and comes with a dedicated Photos tab to allow you to quickly find what you want to see.

Download: Android | iOS

3. Apple Photos

Apple Photos is the best native choice to use for users who have an iPhone or iPad. Apple offers 5 GB of cloud storage via iCloud that can be used to save a range of images and videos.  You can easily do this by allowing the iCloud photos app to automatically upload and save your images/videos to the cloud, enabling you to search and download it from any device. iCloud also has a paid plan that gives you up to 2TB of storage space. Although Apple being Apple, Android users do not have a dedicated app to access Apple Photos storage, you can access your iCloud account by visiting iCloud.com via an Android device.

4. Microsoft OneDrive

If you’re not keen on using  Google Images, Dropbox, or iCloud to save your precious memories to, you can use Microsoft OneDrive. Microsoft provides 5 GB of free OneDrive cloud storage for users that signs up from the get go. Additional featurs is available such as; connecting your Office 365 account to extend capacity to 1 TB. OneDrive also comes with a camera backup feature that lets you automatically upload images and videos to your account. You can also share your pictures with your loved ones when sitting at home because of the COVID-19 lockdown. You can easily install the OneDrive software on your iOS and Android devices and start sharing.

Download: Android | iOS

Having a device with cloud storage access is a very convenient way to save multiple images online. However, there will always be threats, such as the ability of a hacker to access your cloud account and to easily view and download your images. It is therefore important that you make use of the two-factor authentication and other security measures available for these services. Please bare in mind you can only use a photo app to store your memories if you trust the company, understand the security issues, and have a Wi-Fi network or at least 4G service on your computer.

Armand de Beer

Armand de Beer

As an Cloud Architect & Chief Executive for Ciberbuy, Armand focuses on helping small and medium businesses bring their ideas to life, by transitioning over to the cloud.