How to Organize and Back-Up Photos on Your iPhone or iPad
My partner just requested me to share my digital photo albums with him so that we could both see them. I wanted to make sure that all of the images were saved to the same folder and were tagged before I shared them. I hadn’t carefully arranged my collection in around two years. Getting photographs off my iPhone, storing them to the same file-syncing and storage service I use for the rest of my photographs, and making sure they were tagged would be a large part of the work.
I had put off the work for a few weeks when my iPhone and Mac began bombarding me with messages that I was approaching the limit on my iCloud storage. All signals pointed to a photo cleaning job, and the first order of business would be to deal with the photos on my iPhone.
I went through the procedure and condensed it into this advice on how to organize and get images off your iPhone.
How to Remove Photographs from an iPhone (or Any iOS Device)
You have a few alternatives for getting images off your smartphone, depending on where you save and arrange your photos.
Option 1: Make use of iCloud.
If you utilize iCloud as your primary photo storage location, all you have to do now is make sure your iCloud account is backing up and syncing your data.
To enable iCloud Photos on an iOS device, go to Settings > Photos > iCloud Photos and turn it on.
When your device connects to Wi-Fi and the battery is charged, it will automatically upload all of your images to iCloud. The sync can also be done via a cellular connection with iOS 11 or later.
You receive 5GB of storage for free when you register an iCloud account. If you require more storage, Apple offers it in 50GB increments for $0.99 per month, which is a very affordable price. Apple’s Family Sharing plan allows you to share storage with others.
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Option 2: Make use of a backup and synchronization service.
Option 2 is essentially the same as Option 1, with the exception that it utilizes a different online service. Instead of using iCloud, we’ll talk about Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive, as well as alternative file synchronization and storage options.
Choose a file-syncing and storage provider, sign up for an account, then install the app on your iOS device.
Look for a setting labeled Camera Upload, Automatic Upload, or Backup & Sync after logging in. This option uploads images from your device to the service automatically. Switch it on.
You can remove your photographs from your iPhone once the setting is enabled and your photographs have been backed up.
Open the Apple Photos app and select Photos from the bottom menu to erase photos from your iPhone. At the top right, tap Select. Tap the trash can icon in the bottom right corner after tapping each image you want to delete. Now select Albums > Recently Deleted from the drop-down menu. After that, select Select and then Delete All.
Option 3: Back Up and Download Photos to a Computer
The third and final solution I’d like to suggest is to first upload your images and movies to a computer, then transfer them to a backup and storage provider. For those who want a more hands-on approach, this is the ideal option.
It’s the strategy I used because I prefer looking at my photos on a larger computer and picking which ones to keep or discard before transferring them to a backup provider. It also allows me to do quick modifications like cropping and color correction while the image is being created.
Use your Lightning-to-USB charging cord to connect your phone to your PC. While AirDrop allows you to share images wirelessly, the cord is faster and allows you to automatically remove photos from your phone once they’ve been sent to the computer.
Open the image-editing program of your choice. If you’re a Mac user, the Photos program that came with your Mac will be the default here. A comparable Photos software is available on Windows, and more advanced photographers may prefer to utilize Adobe Lightroom on either platform.
Import the image into the program. Most photo-import software has the option to erase all photos from your phone once the transfer is complete. However, if the import fails, this can be a little risky. I prefer to import first, then delete the image files from the phone as the import is complete.
You can readily see your photos now that they’re in your image-editing program and select whether or not to delete or change any of them.
The final step is to drag and drop the photographs onto your preferred backup option, whether it’s Box, Flickr, IDrive, or another. Use a local, cloud-connected storage device like the Western Digital My Cloud or the SanDisk ibi as an alternative to cloud storage.
Depending on the service you use and the programs you’ve installed on your computer, a photo importer program may appear immediately to assist you in transferring images from your phone to another location. If you’ve installed Google Drive’s Backup and Sync application, for example, you may configure it to save image files to the cloud automatically.