Say I’m offering an all-expense paid upgrade to the latest and greatest smartphone of your choice. (Pretty amazing, right?)
But guess what? To accept my offer, you need to throw your current smartphone in the nearest trash compactor. Right now. Without downloading it and backing it up. Go ahead. Throw it away.
Could you do it? Or do you have precious photos, videos, messages, contacts or other data on there, and no backup copy anywhere?
If I polled 100 people with smartphones right now, I bet fewer than 10% would be able to accept my offer. And maybe even fewer than that. I might actually be able to make this grand offer and not spend a single dollar on a new iPhone for anyone.
Are you one of those people? Are you walking around with some of your most precious photos and data one drop away from destruction?
We’re going to do lots of talking about automation and backup here at Pencil & Lens, because it’s one of my favorite topics AND it’s so important, but it’s something we need to do in small pieces.
Come a little closer and I’ll whisper you today’s little backup tip: Photosync.
Photosync is an app for both iOS and Android that enables you to wirelessly move photos and videos from device to your cloud service of choice, from cloud service to cloud service, from device to computer or from computer to device. And so much more. The opportunities and configurations for photo syncing are endless, but here’s one of the most important parts: you can set Photosync to automatically back up every video and photo you take on your smartphone to the cloud service or backup drive of your choice.
Here’s how to use Photosync to ensure that you never lose a cellphone photo or video
1. Download Photosync to your phone from the App Store or from Google Play.
2. Open the app on your device, and choose the “configure” button. Pick your cloud service (you may need to set up an album on your service prior to this). I use and recommend SmugMug.com to back up all of my personal, professional and cell phone photos and videos ($39 per year for unlimited storage), but you can choose from a variety of options, including Dropbox, Amazon’s Cloud Drive, Google Drive and Flickr.
3. Authorize the connection between your device and your cloud service, using your cloud service log-in info. Choose your destination folder and any subfolders you require. If it helps with your organization of images, you can also opt for Photosync to append the date, year and month to your original image name.
4. Set up “auto-transfer.” For my trigger, I add my home address, so my phone will automatically start sending images and videos to SmugMug as soon as I come in contact with my home wi-fi. You can choose particular albums for your auto trigger, you can exclude screen shots if you like, you can choose every image or just ones that you’ve processed and saved.
5. On a regular basis (I have a reminder set up on my phone to do this once a week, and my husband has the same reminder for his phone, so that our images are all collected in the same place.) I’ll hit another Photosync function, called “quick transfer.”
I’ve set this up so that my cell phone videos and photos all go (via wi-fi) at full size and resolution to a particular drive in my house, which is part of my desktop computer photo library. This way, my cell phone images are immediately blended with my personal images taken on a “real” camera, so I don’t have hunt them down later when making a book or other project.
However, I don’t worry if I miss a quick transfer since I know my images are backed up in the cloud from my previous auto transfer.
So, if someone wants to offer me that brand new phone, I’m covered! And after reading this, you’ll be covered, too.