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Not enough storage to take a photo?

Updated: Aug 10, 2019

You pull out your phone and you get ready to take the most epic photo.  And then you get that dreaded message. There is no available storage to take a photo.  Now what do you do? You have to decide between deleting your pictures or skipping this photo you were about to take.  

In the future you can avoid this by backing up your photos into photo storage.  With photo storage, you open an app from your phone and either select the photos and videos you want to save (or select automatic uploads).  Once your media is uploaded, you can delete them from your photo and free up all that space. There are lots of free and paid options. Because I am “thrifty” let's go over some of the free options.

Shutterfly.  You may have heard about shutterfly for their wide variety of photo gifts, but they also have a storage element to make it easier to make your photo gift.  There are no catches. You can store an unlimited number of photos with shutterfly. They do not require a purchase and the do not purge your files. You only pay if you print photos or create a photo gift.  The only catch is photos only here. Don’t expect to save your videos to shutterfly.

Dropbox.  With Drop Box you can save any file.  Photo, video, documents, it all goes here.  Dropbox does have limits though. Here you get 2GB of free storage per email account.  After that you will have to pay a monthly rate of at least $9.99 per month. But if you upgrade to a paid account you’ll get a terabyte of storage.  If you don’t know, that’s an incredible amount of storage. 

Google Photos.  Who doesn’t have gmail?  Well if you have gmail then you have a google account.  With that google account you get access to google photos.  And yes google photos allows you to save your photos and videos.  There are some limitations. Google Photos gives users free, unlimited storage for photos up to 16 megapixels and videos up to 1080p resolution. I don’t really know what those numbers mean (honest moment) but I can tell you I have never had an issue.  Now there is a rumor that they will institute some paid options at the end of 2020, but I don’t know how true those rumors are.  

Amazon Photos.  Do you pay for Amazon Prime every year?  Well it’s not just for free 2 day shipping you know!    One of the many benefits to a prime user is Amazon photos.  Store an unlimited amount of photos and up to 5GB of video and other media.  Not an Amazon Prime member, pay just 11.99 a year for 100 GB of photo storage!


There are lots of options that will keep your precious memories stored.  So the next time you get ready for that epic shot, you can just snap away!



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