This is applicable to all smart phone users, not just iPhone. I was asked by a girlfriend how I backed up images taken on my iPhone, this inspired a blog post. I don’t put much emphasis on my iPhone photos but after I looked through my files I noticed so many of my dog Paris who is like a baby to me, so I would highly suggest having a way to keep your images saved somewhere if your iPhone were to get stolen, lost, or dropped in water with the inability to be retrieved.
Note: I know there are various methods, iCloud being one of them, but I love my Dropbox and this is my method. If you have another method I would LOVE to hear it in the comments to help others.
What you need to know
- Every single picture you take gets uploaded, screen shots, and downloaded/saved images. If you delete it right away, it won’t recognize it and won’t upload.
- You can delete the images on your phone knowing they have all been uploaded to Dropbox as long as on the App it doesn’t say there are any more images to be uploaded (read later in post).
- You can easily access the images like you would if they were on your phone as long as you open up the Dropbox App
- By having the Dropbox App installed on your iPhone, it will upload to the Dropbox “cloud” – HOWEVER if you download the Dropbox installer, it will also sync from the cloud to your desktop. Basically: iPhone –(app)—> Dropbox Cloud –(desktop instal)—> Computer desktop
- Cost: Free, if you need more space, buy it. I have 6,000 photos and plenty of room.
- Sign up for a Dropbox account here.
- Consider downloading the Dropbox program install (makes retrieving files easier from desktop than having to go to the site).
- Download the Dropbox App on your iPhone or any smart phone.
Dropbox App Set Up on Phone
When you open up the App on your phone, wherever you save it, you may see images from your phone already uploading – in my case anyway.
If that isn’t the case, go to your camera settings.
Make sure “camera upload” is turned on.
Turn off “use cellular data” unless you want it instantly to upload after each photo – which would use up your data quickly.
On the Dropbox App it’s pretty much exactly what you’d see if you logged into your account on the site.
Your photos will be under “Camera Uploads” (Purple folder).
You can go back as far as you want with the images you have. Mine go back to 2012!
When you access the files folder and the correct folder, it will look like this:
If you download the installation for your desktop, you’ll see this pop up occasionally (if you are home).
This means files are being added.
This is what it looks like if you see the icon and you can see what is being uploaded from your phone. I would occasionally open the App on my phone to make sure images are being pushed through. I’m not sure if that’s necessary, I don’t think it is because my images just seem to be uploaded.
How to view your images
On your computer
You can then access your “camera uploads” folder which is synced by going to your finder or windows explorer and computer home screen to see the “Dropbox” file.
- A green checkmark means all files are synced
- A blue arrow in a circle shape means files are syncing or being uploaded/updated
Or, you can go to the Dropbox.com site and log into your account and see them there and download it.
On your smartphone
To restate what I said earlier, simply open up your Dropbox App on your phone and click your files. All images will be in your Camera Uploads folder.
And just like that, all 6,000 smart phone images on my phone have been uploaded! Even the bad ones…
What’s your method of saving images to your computer or cloud?