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

Results: do you store your photos on the cloud and which service do you use?
Nowadays, we take so many photos that it's hard to sift through them, let alone find an effective way to store them. Well, Google Photos does offer an infinite storage if you allow it to compress your photos, but if you want to keep your originals, you will have to cough up the dough... or rely on local, physical storage.

So, with Google Photos and Apple's iCloud being the competing 1st party services, and 3rd party offers like Dropbox, OneDrive, and many others, we thought we'd ask where you store your memorabilia. Here's how that poll went:

Which cloud service do you use for your photos?

Google Photos (Android user)
Google Photos (iPhone user)
iCloud storage
3rd party cloud service (add in comments)
I just rely on social media to keep my noteworthy photos in my profile
I don't care about backing up, I regularly export my photos to my PC



1. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I do not store my photos in the cloud for 2 simple reasons - privacy and data cost. In Canada the cost for data is an embarrassment. I have been stepping back from giving my information to too many places as things are getting a little too creepy now.

13. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

In most apps there are options to only back up photos when the phone's connected to Wifi so it won't eat up your data

2. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Google photos offcourse - UNLIMITED STORAGE

4. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1324; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Ditto. Over the past 2 weeks I've already backed up about 10GB of pictures and videos. Over the next few weeks I expect to backup another 10-20GB.

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Absolutely agree with you, and the feature set and organization of the photos are awesome. I love that everyone I know is auto tagged and I can find their photos effortlessly.

11. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Unless you have the Pixel, it's unlimited storage of compressed photos. Still good quality, but not really ideal for photos from a proper camera. Or, if you want full quality, I think the limitation is 15GB.

3. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1568; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Hard drive is the best place for them. I've had photos on the cloud before, didn't like the experience.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

To each their own... I've lost a lot of photos because of hard drive failure and I'm not disciplined enough to regularly back up my photos on separate drives. The auto backup feature on Google Photos, unlimited storage, and amazing organization of their software makes it a winner in my book.

7. boriqua2000

Posts: 258; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

I keep mine on my sd card.

8. p51d007

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

I have multiple places. I snap between 3,000-4000 photos (dSLR), and maybe 100-200 on the phone per year. I store them on my laptop, my home computer, flickr, mirror HDD of the home & laptop, and every 6 months, I swap out the backup of my photos on the HDD in my safe deposit box at the bank. (yeah, I'm that paranoid I might loose them).

9. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Lol on the safe deposit box. That's taking some serious care, so not going to fault you for it. Otherwise similar story for me. dSLR/mirrorless photos --> desktop --> NAS --> OneDrive. Flickr only gets a small selection, not really a backup.

10. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

They say the rule of thumb for protecting your data is to have it in three locations: 1.) Original drive 2.) External backup of original drive (External HDD, NAS) 3.) Offsite backup of original drive (Cloud)

12. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Not surprised, iCloud is 2nd even on iOS. Apple's measly 5GB of storage is no match for Google Photos.

14. poopypants78

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 13, 2017

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