Having a camera on your phone means you can take plenty of pictures anytime, anywhere for free. Those special moments can be easily preserved for prosperity, but there are some downsides to cell phone pictures. First, the space on your phone can be consumed by your photos so you run out of space for other things, such as apps, music and other data. Second, your photos are vulnerable to the perils of being on a phone: becoming lost or damaged.
Flickr solves both of these issues, giving you an opportunity to move photos off of your phone and giving you an easy way to back up your photos, keeping them safe from calamities that may happen to your phone.
Phones can fill up fast which leaves people with the terrible choice of which pictures to keep. Transferring pictures to your computer can be a hassle and then you have the problem of your computer filling up with photos. Storing your pictures on Flickr frees up all kinds of space on your phone and your computer. When you do (eventually) replace your phone and your computer, you don’t have to worry about transferring your photos if they’re stored on Flickr.
The recent iOS 7 update had many people scurrying to make room on their iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch as iOS 7 resides in a voluminous 3 GB of space on your device. People who had filled their phones with photos were making tough choices about which pictures they wanted to get rid of: adorable baby photos, scenic travel photos or treasured pics of their pooch.
Flickr to the Rescue!
Flickr, an online photo sharing site, is giving its users a radically generous 1 TB of free space. That’s one terabyte, as in 1000 GB, of space. For free.
The good news is that no matter how much space you have on your phone, you cannot possibly have enough photos on your phone to use up your free space on Flickr. Can’t happen.
The free space on Flickr gives you room for about 2 million photos of average size, more than any phone can hold. Perhaps over time you can fill up your Flickr space but perhaps then you could open a second Flickr account?
Other photo storage sites exist on the web but you would be hard-pressed to find another one that gives you as much storage space for free.
How to Get Started
Go to flickr.com to sign up for Flickr. Yahoo owns Flickr so you need to get a Yahoo account if you don’t have one already. If you already have one, you can sign up for Flickr with your Yahoo ID and password.
Uploading Pictures to Flickr
You can upload pictures to Flickr from your computer or from an app on your mobile device.
You can also email photos to your Flickr account using a custom email address. Go to Settings => Emails and Notifications to discover your Flickr email address.
The free Flickr app is available for:
Flickr Auto Uploads
The Flickr iPhone app was updated this week to allow automatic photo uploads from your device. Open the app and tap on the double dot in the lower menu bar on the right and choose Auto Upload.
When you turn it on, you will be asked to give permission for the app to access your photos.
Activate Auto Uploads and the app will send any photos you take on your iPhone or iPod Touch to your Flickr account. You must have updated your device to iOS 7 to use Auto Uploads.
You can choose to upload your images over Wi-Fi only or over Wi-Fi and cellular data. Make sure to Mind the Cap! and be mindful of your monthly data limits when you do Auto Uploads. You may want to use Wi-Fi to upload large quantities of photos.
You can control who sees your Flickr photos.
Online, go to Settings => Privacy & Permissions and choose your privacy settings.
On your iOS app, go into Settings => Photo Privacy. You can choose from:
- Friends & Family
- Private (Only You)
Sharing with Flickr
Flickr makes it easy to share your photos with others. You can get your own web address (URL). Go to Settings => Personal Information => Your Flickr web addresses and choose the extension you want to use to share your photos. The web address will be http://www.flickr.com/photos/yourextension. This web address can’t be changed so choose carefully.
When you confirm your web address, you will have your very own Flickr website for your photos. You can share this link with others to show them your photos.
You can also connect your social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and more. Find out additional information about sharing your photos from Flickr’s sharing Help page.
After your photos are uploaded to Flickr, you can delete them off of your phone. Be careful, any photos you delete from Flickr will also be deleted from your phone. But it may be easier for you to use Flickr than your phone to delete photos that you don’t want any more.
Use Flickr to free up space on your phone, store your photos and share them with others.
Do you have a lot of photos on your phone? Do you worry about running out of space on your phone? Have you ever lost photos because they were on your phone and not backed up? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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The people at SignEasyhave recently released an update to the Android version of their electronic signature app. Formerly known as EasySign when I reviewed the app in EasySign for Signing on the Go!, the app has received numerous updates since I wrote my review. Here is information about the SignEasy Android update from the developer:
- Single Sign On with Google credentials to speed up the login process.
- Support for popular Cloud storage services extended to allow customers to seamlessly access documents stored on Google Drive, Dropbox, Box and Evernote.
- Support for international characters across 150 countries.
- New and completely free SignEasy Lite Account, which entitles users to sign 3 documents free each month.
Check out this video showing you how to use the Android app: