One of the most common gripes I hear from my friends is that they never know how to deal with their iPhone photo storage. While the iPhones now start at 32GB, even that can fill up quickly if you’re taking a million pictures and videos of your kids like I do. I wanted to share how I manage my pictures because I do feel like once you have a system in place, it gets way, way easier to deal with.
Schedule Your Plan
I am the most forgetful person ever, so of course, I set a reminder on Google Calendar to unload my pics on the first of each month. I know that many people use Dropbox to back up their photos, but I use Shutterfly. Their app is super easy to use, and I categorize everything by year so I can find things easily. I love their products, but I especially love their Share Sites– they’re easy to set up, can be password-protected, and are a great way to have a place that your family and friends can see your pictures without having all of your photo on social media. Your family members can also subscribe to a weekly digest where they will see the pictures you’ve uploaded for the week.
To upload pics from your phone, you would open up the app and then select upload in the bottom center:
Then select your photos, and hit upload now. It will then prompt you for an album name and upload. This works best when connected over WiFi.
This is when I clean out my pictures. I delete the ones I don’t feel really attached to, but sometimes I will back them up on my computer. Since everything goes to Shutterfly, I do still have them backed up.
What about videos?
Videos are really the biggest space hog on your iPhone. I upload these to YouTube and make the videos private. Those can then be linked to your Shutterfly Share Site, if you have one. Shutterfly Share Sites do have a video service too, but it is an annual cost and the videos must be uploaded via a computer.
Uploading to YouTube via the app works best on WiFi.
When you open up the YouTube app, hit the video icon on the right.
You will have the option to trim (edit) your video here.
Once you’re done, hit “Next.” The one thing you want to be sure of is that your video is set to “Unlisted.” That means you can send the link to friends and family, post on a Shutterfly Share site, post on Facebook, etc., but it won’t come up in a YouTube search.
Curious to see what other tips are out there. How do you manage your iPhone storage?