The Best Way to Backup Your Mobile Photos to the Cloud Redux

A short while back I wrote a blog post about The Best Ways to Backup Your iPhone and Android Photos and after further use and experimentation, I have come to the conclusion I need to revise my previous position a bit. 

I had reviewed Amazon Cloud backup as one of the more reliable and best automated methods of seamless mobile photo backup. I had placed Google Photos as essentially the best, Amazon Photos as the second best and Flickr as a runner up in 3rd.

I concede to my previous assertions and place Flickr in First with Google Photos Second and leave Amazon at Number 3 now for a few reasons.

What changed?

I found myself having an extremely difficult time organizing my images from my phone in Amazon’s Photo library. There were duplicate uploads and auto-sync would no longer work because my paid storage (which you must have in order to back up videos) was eaten up, therefore video’s on my phone would halt the auto-upload. This became extremely irritating. At this point, it’s a mess and when I eventually do find the time to clean it up, i’m not going to be happy about it.

I told myself to try Flickr once again, since I am a pro member and pay for the service. I may as well give it another chance.

Why first place over Google Photos? Flickr does not restrict your file resolution to a max of 16megapixels. That’s really the only reason.

Below is my revised view on Flickr.

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Flickr is one of my favorite photo sharing site and they are making a valiant fantastic efforts to compete with the rest of the applications in the market. Where Flickr really shines is the community that surrounds it as it acts as more of a photo sharing forum with discussions, etc. Want to have your work seen? Flickr is great to use if you want actual exposure of your images. I have actually sold images to magazines through Flickr because most publishers know to source unique images from there for a better deal. Great for the entrepreneurial type. From a privacy standpoint, this is not really the intent of Flickr so don’t expect much. From a backup standpoint, I personally do not use it in this way due to the inability to create private, sharable galleries. You can auto-upload your images and set to private by default, but it can become a giant mess when trying to organize the images after the fact.

To add buttercream frosting to this already amazing cake, the mobile backup option within the Flickr App is absolutely fantastic. It backs up my videos AND photos by default as private. Instead of your images flowing automatically into the Flickr Photostream, a new Category is created called Camera Roll. Everything is private, and fully automated. The moment I take a photo or video, it is being backed up to Flickr.

The sorting capabilities within Flickr are even better now than what they used to be. The ability to share private photos and videos much like you can in Google Photos is outstanding. It’s getting better every day.

Overall, Flickr’s Mobile Photo backup service has made my life infinitely easier compared to the nightmare that Amazon Photos has become.

The Points You Need To Know

  • Flickr is a great tool for professional photographers to upload their work and gain notoriety
  •  Great for community discussion and research
  • While it has unlimited photo storage with the pro version, you need to be careful with privacy and Creative Commons rights (You may find your photos stolen much easier than other places)
  • Mobile photos AND video’s are privately auto-uploaded in their highest resolution, effectively beating out Amazon and Google Photos
  • You can edit your images within the Flickr app

I am still very fond of Google Photos and continue to use it, however Amazon Photos has greatly disappointed me to the point I don’t use it for mobile backup any longer.

If I steered you wrong before, I hope I have made things right this time. Definitely get Flickr.

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