Best Ways to Backup Your Phone Photos Before It’s Too Late

Have you ever lost your phone? There’s that sinking feeling when you realize it’s nowhere to be found.

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We store so much valuable information on our phones, from our credit card details and emails to our most personal photos and conversations. Tap or click for five safety steps you can follow to keep everything safe, even if your phone falls into the wrong hands.

It is best to backup your photos so that they are safe and sound no matter what happens to your device. The method is up to you. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Put them in the cloud

Android and iOS let you back up your photos to the cloud for protection. It’s easy and you don’t need to install any additional software to do it.

On an iPhone:

  • Open Settings on your device and tap your name at the top.
  • Faucet iCloud, then touch Pictures.
  • Light up ICloud Photos to start saving your photos to the cloud.

The process may take some time. When finished, all the photos you take will be automatically saved to the cloud. You can also view them on your desktop by signing in to with your Apple ID.

On Android:

  • Open the Google Photos app and sign in if necessary.
  • At the top right, tap your account photo or initial.
  • To select Photo settings, followed by Save and sync.
  • Switch to backup and sync at.

Once your backup is complete, future photos you take will be saved to the cloud. You can view, edit, and sort them in the Google Photos app and see them from your desktop at

Note: iCloud and Google Photos come with limited free storage. Plus will cost you from 99 cents to $ 1.99 per month.

Good news if you have an Amazon Prime account:

Amazon Photos offers free, unlimited storage of full-resolution photos, as well as 5 GB of video storage for Prime members. Tap or click here for a 30 day free trial if you want to try it out.

FIND THE PLAN: Have you ever wasted time looking for a photo that you to know is hiding in your gallery? Here is a simple trick that works for iPhones and Androids.

Here is a way to not store photos

It is tempting to store your photos on a USB drive. They are small and light, which makes them easy to lose. Also, the cheaper drives usually don’t have encryption or password protection. Think about how it would feel if someone slipped yours.

More expensive records like the USB powered PhotoStick are explicitly marketed for photo backups. For the most part, this is a 128 GB flash drive. It is light in weight, easy to lose, and offers no security.

The big selling point is its onboard software that shows you how to move your photos. But Amazon reviews are mixed. I leave that choice to you.

Then how can are you using all those usb drives you have around? Here are some clever ideas, including creating a Windows recovery drive, scanning for viruses, and using it as a key to unlock your PC.

For a physical backup, opt for a secure external drive

If you want to store your photos physically, a secure external drive is a better choice. These devices tend to have higher storage capacity and faster speeds, and they are harder to lose. They are also cheaper today than they were years ago.

This Seagate external hard drive gives you reliable performance and speed for its size. The hard drive has 2TB of storage, which means you can store up to 500,000 photos.

This LaCie external hard drive Comes with a padded exterior to protect it from drops and bumps. If you’re worried about breaking your hard drive and losing your photos, this rugged 2TB device is a perfect choice.

If you’re looking for something a little more secure, go for an encrypted external drive. This Apricorn hard drive has a 10-digit keypad that protects content from being read. You can only enter if you know the code, which means your files are safe if the hard drive is lost or stolen. How cool is that?

You have no more excuses now that you know how easy it is to delete your photos from your phone. Take the time to protect your memories. Otherwise, you might be out of luck the next time your phone crashes, gets lost, or is stolen.

Woman using smartphone on wooden desk.

Woman using smartphone on wooden desk.

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