Amazon has been very busy lately, figuring out new ways to make Prime members happier. As if Prime Reading, introduced earlier this month, weren’t enough, now Amazon is launching Family Vault for storing and sharing photos.
If you’ve ever gone on a group vacation and wanted to share photos, you know exchanging photos can get confusing.
Did everyone get all the photos they wanted? How to share the video of Grandpa cliff diving at Cabo?
What Family Vault Does
Family Vault is a new feature of Amazon Prime Photos, which gives unlimited storage of photos at full resolution for members of Amazon Prime.
Family Vault lets up to six people use Amazon Prime Photos on a single Prime account to store and share unlimited photos. The group also has up to 5 GB of storage space for videos in Prime Photos.
Each group in Prime Photos has a Family Vault where photos can be shared privately among members of the group.
Prime members love the benefit of unlimited photo storage but often struggle to collect and organize photos across multiple devices and accounts into a single, shareable archive,” said David Nenke, Director of Prime Photos, Amazon. “We launched the Family Vault to make it easy for family members to safely store and share all their favorite moments.’“
Photos are stored privately in Prime Photos. Each member of the group then chooses which photos to add to the Family Vault, where they can be viewed and shared by others in the group.
Add photos from your computer or directly from your mobile devices using the Prime Photos app. You can view Family Vault photos from any device using the website or the Prime Photos app.
But Prime Photos isn’t just for storing and sharing. You can easily search your photos with Amazon’s new Smart Search technology.
Search by keywords, such as sunset, beach, mountains, or by location and date. The photos are also organized so you can see photos of the members of your Family Vault easily.
You don’t need to tag the photos, Amazon’s Smart Search will identify the subjects of the photo and organize them automatically.
Learn more about Smart Search and watch a helpful video at the Amazon Prime Photos Smart Search page.
In case you’d like to look at an actual photo, instead of one on a screen, Amazon is now offering photo printing.
Just in time for the holidays, you can order seasonal cards, photo books, prints and other gifts for loved ones. Prime members get free shipping.
Find out more about printing at Amazon Photo Printing.
How to Use Family Vault
You can use Family Vault on:
Family Vault is currently available for Amazon Prime members in the US.
Setting Up Your Family Vault
Head to the Amazon Prime Photos page and click the Get Started button.
Sign into your Amazon account and start adding people to the group for your Family Vault. You can send invitations to up to five other people via email by using the Send Invites box.
On the Prime Photos page you’ll see the photos you’ve added to Prime Photos, arranged by date. You can filter these using the categories in the left side bar on the page.
Check the photos you wish to add to your Family Vault, then click Add to Family Vault at the top of the page. You can also choose to just click Add All if you want all of your Prime photos added to the Family Vault.
Hey, why not? Storage is unlimited. But then again, there may be photos you don’t want shared?…
Viewing Family Vault Photos
To view photos in the Family Vault, choose Family Vault on the left side bar, near the top of the Prime Photos page.
You’ll see the photos people from your group have added to your Family Vault.
Will you use Amazon Prime Family Vault to share photos with family and friends? Do you like the idea of unlimited photo storage for you and up to five other people? Will you be printing out photos with Amazon?
Share your thoughts in the Comments section below!
* New Hampshire Fog photo courtesy of Stanley Zimny via Flickr and Creative Commons
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