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What To Do With All the Photos On Your Smartphone

Wondering what to do with the 5 million photos you took this summer? Okay, perhaps you didn’t take quite that many, but with the average person storing approximately 2,100 photos on their smartphone, there’s too many precious memories to risk losing in a disastrous event like dropping your phone in the middle of the ocean… believe us, it happens.

You have questions, and we have answers. If you’re wondering what to do with all those photos and don’t want to spend too much expense or time in the process, there are a few solutions to consider. Check out some of them below.

Get Everything Organized

If you haven’t looked at your default Photos app in a while, you may want to check it out. Both Google Photos (Android) and Photos (iPhone) received major photo updates earlier in 2022. Albums now use smart features like facial recognition, location detection and other technology to categorize and sort your photos into what they call “smart galleries.” This means you no longer have to scroll endlessly through chronological images.

But you don’t have to just rely on your smartphone to sort your photos for you. Take your photo organization one step further by creating custom albums based on personalized criteria like people, events, and things. Organization is important because it helps keep memories in easily accessible places, especially when there are thousands of photos on one device.

Explore Backup Options

Secondary apps, iCloud, and external hard drives are always a great option. Pricing can vary, but Google Photos has an affordable subscription for both Android and iPhone starting at $1.99. Plus,  the first 15 GB of storage is free! iCloud is similar in price, with the first 5 GB of storage free, though keep in mind that it’s restricted to iPhone users only. Hard drives are sometimes preferred, especially when a user doesn’t want to have to worry about monthly costs. Additionally, there’s another easy way to externally store photos with a device like the SanDisk Connect Wireless stick, which is available from 16 GB all the way up to 256 GB. The device seamlessly connects to your phone wirelessly and downloads the latest photos automatically when it’s nearby.

Create a Physical Album

Creating a photobook through a popular app is a smart and affordable option to consider. Shutterfly makes it easy, with their “style for every story” photo books. They have a free 24-hour design service and easy DIY options for those who want complete control over how their memories are displayed. Also, photobooks are a great option because they require no storage and allow you to free up space on your phone, if you’re okay with getting rid of the digital files of the photos.

Utilize Social Media

When all else fails, share your memories and good times with the world – or just your closest friends and family! Uploading photos and videos to social media is a popular storage option, because there’s no cost, and you can adjust privacy settings. Instagram, Facebook and TikTok have “only me” options to select before posting. With this option it’s possible to have everything in one place where only you can find them!

Safeguard life’s most precious memories. Don’t let them sit on your phone where they can be forgotten – or worse, lost during a disaster. Head over to your local Verizon Victra store to explore all your storage options. Our tech experts are ready to assist with any questions you may have about digital photo albums so that life’s greatest captures can be treasured by family for decades to come.


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