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You’ve arrived home from an epic trip and it’s back to the daily grind. If you’re anything like us here at TPG, dealing with the 3,751 photos taken during that week-long trip can be overwhelming, especially when fighting jet lag and post-vacation blues. But once you figure out the best ways to store and organize your shots, they’ll be easier to view, share and print — keeping those fabulous travel memories alive. Here’s a list of our favorite apps to use to organize and store your all your shots.
The Dropbox app is all encompassing— you can use it save all your photos and have certain folders and files available offline on your phone. Your files (photos and documents) are connected to your computer and accessible there too. Sharing is easy, just invite others to view your photos by sharing the folder via email. You can also set the app to automatically upload every photo you take. Dropbox is a favorite for businesses, and if you have a business account, you can connect your personal account to it. Rate plans are available if you need more space, because in most cases, you’ll only get 2GB for free (though it is possible to earn extra space in some cases). Download for free on Apple and Google Play.
Google Photos is ideal if you want to create specific albums for many different trips, places or events. It’s similar to Dropbox in that you can set it to automatically upload all the photos you take and you can share specific albums with other Google Photos users. The app can be set to upload any shots you’ve snapped on your phone, or also use it to take photos from a camera you’ve put on a desktop or laptop computer. If you love using Google Docs, Google Drive, GMail and Google Sheets, this app integrates seamlessly with all of them, making it easy to share photos across the board. Rate plans are available if you need more space, but if you’re willing to limit your resolution of your photos (16mp) and videos (1080p) you’ll get free unlimited storage. Download for free on Apple and Google Play.
If you’re traveling in a group and want to share photos, or it’s important that family and friends back home are updated on the play-by-plays of your adventures, Tripcast is the app for you. With an easy-to-use photo map feature, you can track your photos by place, and everyone on your trip can upload to the same album. Once you get home, you an easily download all of your (and everyone else’s) photos for safekeeping and offline access. Although the app feels a bit like social media, it’s private, sharing your memories only with the people you allow to access to. Download for free for Apple and Google Play.
Shoebox allows for automatic upload of the photos you take with no space constraints. This comes with a couple catches, but they may not bother the average traveler. First, your photos aren’t saved at maximum resolution, only at 10.6 megapixels. Second, you only get 15 minutes of video uploading. These limitations certainly don’t upset us, but for a serious photographer or someone who wants to save a lot of videos, you may want to look at the ‘Pro’ rate plan, which saves your photos at maximum resolution and offers 15 hours of video backup ($5 per month). Download for free for Apple and Google Play.
If you happen to have an Amazon Prime account, you can get unlimited photo storage as a benefit of your yearly membership. Although you’ll only get 10 GB of space for videos, this isn’t a bad deal, as the $99 annual fee (more if you pay month-to-month) comes with this as well as a variety of other benefits like movie streaming and free shipping. The app could also be worth it for serious photographers, as it allows you to store not only JPEG files, but raw images too. Keep in mind, that if you cancel your membership, you’ll lose this perk (and your photos), so this app is best for those who plan to have Amazon Prime indefinitely. Download for free for Apple and Google Play and then enter your Prime login info to access your account.
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