Our phones have somehow morphed into magical objects that can accomplish almost anything! They are our clock and alarm clock. Our address book and wallet. It holds or books, music and games to keep us entertained. It is also our record keeping device...I mean our camera!
We take hundreds of pictures with our phones. For some that is their ONLY camera! But, what happens to the pictures on the phones? Do they magically go somewhere? Do they get deleted when you run out of storage? Most importantly how do you get pictures off the all-powerful device?!
I didn't know the answers to any of these questions. So, i did a little research that this is what I found. There are 4 common ways to save/download or backup your phone pictures!
Please keep in mind as we go through this that I am not an expert in this topic and further research is probably required. But, hopefully at least I will give you a starting place to look!
1. Google Photos: If you have an Android your phone already comes with this! You can go on the app on your phone or the google website to view your pictures. On the computer if you are on Google's website you will see a set of dots on the upper right hand corner. Hitting this will drop down all of the Google options like maps, drive, sheets and photos. Photos is the one that looks like a pinwheel. From here you can download the pictures to another place of your choosing or leave them there. Problem I found...it only downloads small file sizes. So, if you have a larger picture or video it will probably resize it before downloading.
2. Cloud Storage: There are all sorts of options to store files on "the cloud". These are apps that you can download on your phone that also have a internet companion. So, if you add a file onto your phone app, it will also be on your computer when you go to the appropriate website and vise versa. Examples that you probably already know about are Dropbox, One Drive (iPhone users), and Google Drive.
3. External Storage/USB: Did you know that your phone came with a small cord that could connect to a USB port?? Me either! But it did! You can put this cord in your phone and plug it into your computer or another external storage device. The problem is that little cords get lost very easily in my house, and you kinda need it to transfer the images and files!
4. Amazon Prime: If you have a Prime account you already have a file sharing program! That's right...apparently Prime has its own and it is included in what you are already paying! I do not have Amazon Prime, so I have not played with this, but you are welcome to and tell me all about it!
Hope this helps and you are able to get those picture files off that phone!
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