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Do you store your photos on the cloud and which service do you use?

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Do you store your photos on the cloud and which service do you use?
Gone are the days of camera films with 30-something poses limiting us to only photographing the “important moments”. Gone are the days of 16 GB storage options severely crippling our phone's image and video storing capabilities. Now, we can take dozens of shots of that one rose we saw on the way to work, and we have some pretty hefty room and great cloud services that help us keep and transfer our memorabilia across devices, potentially keeping them forever.

Google's Photos service is among the most popular ones out there since it gives you infinite storage for your images, as long as you allow it to compress them a bit. Of course, you can also save your original photos with no alterations made to them, but that eats through your Drive storage, which can be expanded by paying Google some money.

Apple's iCloud can also store your photos, but has no “infinite” option like Google — you pretty much have to be on some kind of plan with Apple if you plan to keep your memorabilia on its cloud, and you will have to do some housekeeping from time to time to make sure that the storage isn't clogged by a bunch of terrible photos or screenshots.

You've also got 3rd party solutions like Dropbox, Microsoft's OneDrive, and others. So, do you use one and if you do — which one?

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Which cloud service do you use for your photos?
Google Photos (Android user) 49.49% (531 votes) (531 votes)
Google Photos (iPhone user) 11.18% (120 votes) (120 votes)
iCloud storage 6.71% (72 votes) (72 votes)
3rd party cloud service (add in comments) 14.45% (155 votes) (155 votes)
I just rely on social media to keep my noteworthy photos in my profile 0.75% (8 votes) (8 votes)
I don't care about backing up, I regularly export my photos to my PC 17.43% (187 votes) (187 votes)

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posted on 17 Jul 2017, 09:10

1. libra89 (Posts: 1012; Member since: 15 Apr 2016)


OneDrive here, it's the only one that works on Windows, iOS and Android. Dropbox works but I'm just used to OneDrive.

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 10:09 1

10. mahima (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


onedrive, me too

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 20:46

28. sgodsell (Posts: 5057; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


There should be an option for multiple sources.

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 12:34

19. billy_shears (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 Oct 2013)


me too, with the free 2 years 100 GB promotional deal that came with my Galaxy S7

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 13:20

21. miketer (Posts: 269; Member since: 02 Apr 2015)


One drive user here too.

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 09:17 1

2. AmashAziz (Posts: 1602; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


What if I use Google Photos on both iOS and Android, along with iCloud?

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 11:00

15. TerryD (Posts: 175; Member since: 09 May 2017)


You comment here and hope someone tallies them up

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 09:18

3. Big_D5 (Posts: 25; Member since: 13 Jun 2014)


OneDrive

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 09:18

4. trojan_horse (Posts: 5337; Member since: 06 May 2016)


I use Google Drive to backup some pretty important data.

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 09:25 1

5. MKeditor (Posts: 84; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


I surprised Google Drive wasn't on the list.

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 10:09

9. L0n3n1nja (Posts: 679; Member since: 12 Jul 2016)


Technically the same storage location as Google photos isn't it?

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 14:40 1

24. Xperia14 (Posts: 935; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


It's about photos, and Google Photos uses Google Drive to store them.

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 09:41 1

6. 87186 (Posts: 296; Member since: 01 Aug 2014)


how is OneDrive not on the list? haha oh, PA.

oh, OneDrive is my answer.

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 09:55

7. slashas (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Jul 2017)


Amazon Prime photos

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 10:08

8. strikerchooooo (Posts: 155; Member since: 25 Sep 2016)


OneDrive - cleanest design and fluid work.

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 10:11

11. justrt (Posts: 442; Member since: 10 Jul 2014)


Google Photos! It facilitated the process and enhanced the convenience of backing up photos. Google photos in the Android suite is what iMessage is for Apple. A great and hard-to-beat software product!

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 10:12

12. franscis_underwood (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Jun 2017)


OneDrive by Microsoft

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 10:12

13. L0n3n1nja (Posts: 679; Member since: 12 Jul 2016)


My option wasn't on here, I regularly move my photos to PC because that is how I back them up. They are on a PC and an external drive. I've taken nearly 10Gb worth of photos this month alone(Majority with a DSLR) and it's a pain to have them all uploaded to the cloud and downloaded as I need them.

My phone does back up to Google Photos, but I've regularly got to delete those because I don't pay for a massive amount of storage.

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 10:13 1

14. gigicoaste (Posts: 222; Member since: 21 Feb 2016)


personal cloud, to keep them safe and private.

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 11:07

16. MrShazam (Posts: 462; Member since: 22 Jun 2017)


I never put my sensitive data in any public cloud storage. If it's sensitive (ie not something I want to share with the whole world, including Trump), I only do automatic local backups via Titanium backup, then use FolderSync to automatically sync the Titanium backup directory to my Surface Pro and NAS.

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 11:19 1

17. Lanx1998 (Posts: 10; Member since: 06 Mar 2017)


PC, Google Drive and OneDrive

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 12:28

18. Charlie2k (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Jan 2016)


Onedrive.

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 13:16

20. Pitrich (Posts: 147; Member since: 13 Apr 2016)


Amazon photo (prime)

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 13:40

22. kkmkk (Posts: 554; Member since: 06 May 2013)


i use many clouds services
mega cloude / googel drive / googel photos / samsung cloud / drop box / one drive
and i have 500tb storinator

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 13:49

23. rn9215 (Posts: 49; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


onedrive here, i am an office 365 subscriber.

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 14:41

25. Xperia14 (Posts: 935; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


Google Drive.

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 16:40

26. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3403; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I use cloud storage for my porn.

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 17:25

27. AnnDroid (Posts: 88; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


OneDrive, Google Photos and Amazon Prime photo backup. I also do a backup monthly to an external harddrive.

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 22:39

29. diggie32 (banned) (Posts: 388; Member since: 03 Apr 2016)


Google photos

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 22:47

30. Scott93274 (Posts: 5582; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Google Photos on Android It's the most intuitive and effortless option out there for photo storage and organization. It's also unequaled in regards to the number of photos you can store for free as that number is unlimited.

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