We're almost sure that every person reading this has had that dreaded message pop-up on your smart device warning that its storage is almost full. If you're anything like us, and your photo gallery takes up a considerable amount of memory on your smartphone, you have two options available. One is to start the painful process of going through and manually deleting photos, applications, and other memory-eating information on your device, or you could consider alternative storage options for your digital memories. This article lists some creative ways for you to store and keep your digital photos to prolong your smart device's memory and keep your memories safe.
Print Them Out
Sadly, all technology can fail or get lost, despite the preventions we might take to avoid this. Printing your digital photos out is the only way to eliminate the chance of photo loss. However, this process may have become outdated or considered a waste of money in our modern era. Arguably, printing photos are relatively cost-effective and having physical copies enable you to display them instead of having them gather dust in your phone’s photo library.
Photo printing can quickly be done at your local supermarket and pharmacy, or you could use online printing services. After receiving the prints, you could then scrapbook them, create photo books, create custom picture frames, and experiment with different ways to showcase them.
Use Cloud Servers
Suppose you do have an excess of images on your smart device. In that case, most providers offer additional storage on individual cloud servers for an extra fee, or you can enlist the services of third-party cloud storage systems. Some of today's leading cloud storage systems are Dropbox, Google Drive, Apple iCloud, plus many others, some of which offer direct syncing or back up from your device's camera roll and photo library.
Alternatively, if you're not looking to spend money, you could look at free cloud services such as the ones that Facebook, Google Photos, and Adobe Creative Cloud provide. However, one slight downside is that they may convert your images to a lower resolution, but depending on which provider you choose, you won't limit how many photos you upload.
Purchase Recordable Media
Another option for storing and keeping your digital photos is purchasing and using recordable media, such as memory sticks, external hard drives, SD cards, and CDs or DVDs. Widely available for purchase in stores or online marketplaces such as Amazon or eBay, recordable media is used commonly to store and back up excess photos.
Since most methods of recordable media are transportable, it also boasts the benefit of taking your digital memories anywhere at any time, plus you can purchase them in a variety of memory going up to 1TB or more. However, most of these recordable media can be lost or hard to store in large quantities. In the worst-case scenario, they could even become damaged, leading to it becoming unusable or you losing backed-up files.