Some people can probably relate…you are busy taking screenshots and photos….living your best life….documenting every moment….and then one day you get heart stopping message “storage full” right as you are in the middle of an instagram photoshoot. You panic and start deleting everything in your photo you can spare. Or if you’re like my best friend Marissa, your phone decides to malfunction and ruin your life (so rude tbh) and you haven’t backed up your photos since 2014….all your memories and life long achievements gone right before your eyes. Honestly, there is nothing worse than the threat of your iPhone photos disappearing for good. After a quick brainstorming and app sharing session in our group text this morning, Marissa suggested I write a blog post to share all these tips and ideas for all the basic bitches out there who might one day lose it all.
If you are like me, the amount of photos on your photo would make someone sick to their stomach. I personally upgraded to a 250 GB iPhone but for me it was worth the investment, others may refuse to spend the money. But I only have about 60 GB left which means if I continue living my current lifestyle, I will run out of storage in a year. So here are your options…
- Back your iPhone up to iTunes to then back your computer up to a hard drive.
- Purchase iCloud storage.
- Use a photo storage application.
- Keep deleting other sh*t in your phone, until one day you’re forced to actually figure it out.
The iTunes back up is pretty easy but to be honest it isn’t extremely effective. You need to leave your phone plugged into your computer for sometimes hours, depending on how many photos you have. It also stores them on your computer which means if your computer doesn’t have a ton of room, this will fill your computer up fast. The best way to solve this is to back up your entire computer once you have backed up your phone at least once on your iTunes. This will store your computer exactly as it is, so you can then delete the back up on your iTunes to free up storage on your computer. This method is completely time consuming but pretty basic. You will also need to buy a hard drive if you do not own one.
I don’t condone this method because I have had extremely important videos (aka memories) get lost in the cloud and are never going to be recovered again. I just personally like nothing there is a spot I can go and access everything without having to worry. This can also get pretty pricey, you are ultimately paying per additional storage.
Photo Storage Apps
This method is your best bet and is the most user friendly. I use Google Photos but also have Amazon Photos. This method requires you to literally just open the app and allow it to access your photos. It will then start backing it up. Google Photos has a feature that allows you to “Free Up Space” from your phone. It will send the photos it has already backed up to your deleted folder on your phone. You then manually delete the photos from this album but they are still on the app. You can just go into the app to access these photos any time you need them. It is extremely user friendly and free, but it does however take time. You can use your phone during the back up, but its faster to leave it uninterrupted. I recommend leaving the app open while your phone is charging. Don’t forget to connect to wifi so you don’t use up all of your data.
Now while this is less than ideal, you may not have time to devote to backing your phone up. Keep in mind that if you get a new phone, you will pretty much need to back your phone up regardless. It can take hours to do this at the phone store, so why not just do it yourself. But you can delete old photos, text messages and random apps that you do not use, to free up some immediate space. There is also a way uninstall apps without deleting all of the data, for an emergency situation. You just go into storage in your phone’s settings, click on an app and click “Offload App”.
So there you have it, do not be that girl that is too lazy to back your phone up and then something traumatic happens (aka your phone breaks) and you have a meltdown in the Apple Store…not a good look.