Flickr Provides 1TB of online photo storage

The one complaint about iOS I’ve been hearing the past few days has to do with photo storage. Several people have come to me with problems about updating their iOS device due to their large photo library.

The fact is that most people have no desire to pay $9.99 to Apple for online iCloud storage. Yes it’s convenient, but it’s costly.

In the last week I’ve given this tip to three different people who found it to be an extremely handy pro tip so I decided to share it with everyone else. This isn’t really a ‘new’ feature, but some people may not have ever known about it.

How-To: iPhone Photos App to Flickr 3Flickr, which is owned by Yahoo, is integrated with iOS as you can see in this image. I have the option to enter my user name and password even without the Flickr app installed. Flickr gives you 1TB of FREE online storage for photos.

Let’s get started.

Step One: Create a Flickr account. You will be creating a Yahoo email address to use this service.

Step Two: Go to Settings on the iPhone then scroll down to Flickr. It’s an option even if you’ve not installed the app on your phone yet.

IMG_0085-cropStep Three: Enter your Yahoo email and password and click the install app option.

Step Four: Open the Flickr app and click on the gear icon at the top right of your profile, and here you will see the option for Auto-Uploadr.

How-To: Use Flickr for iOS Photo Storage 6Step Five: Click on Auto-Uploadr and then toggle to turn the feature on. That’s it.

Once you return to your Flickr app and in the left top corner you will see a progress icon spinning this indicates that the app is uploading your photos to Flickr privately.

So far, I’ve found this to be the best alternative to using Apple’s iCloud photo service when you’re over your storage limit. You can always back your phone up to a computer, but when making sure that all important family photo is protected having this Flickr option turned on is important.

Because your photos have been backed up to Flickr’s online servers, they are ready for you to grab to share with friends and family at a moments notice. Speaking of sharing, using this option does not prevent you from also using iCloud and gives you the option to keep your stuff in many different places. Flickr has been around for many years and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Having your photos at a high resolution and sitting online for your viewing pleasure ready to share with ease is convenient and easy with this feature in iOS.

This morning, my article on the Flickr option was finished and ready to post, but before getting the chance to post it, I was contacted by my friend Coty who asked about Amazon Photos. He is one of the guys I told about the Flickr How-To and he asked me my thoughts on Amazon’s unlimited option for photo storage. Why am I bringing this up? Because Amazon offers the same option to auto upload photos, but one – it’s not integrated into iOS and two – yes, it’s unlimited storage space, but you have to be an Amazon Prime member, which costs $99 per year. If 1TB is not enough space for you, then you can always sign-up for an Amazon Prime membership and use their unlimited photo storage. Amazon Prime (One Year Membership)