Use the Cloud to back up and share your holiday photos

It’s holiday time! Many of us are getting together with friends and family we haven’t seen for some time and celebrating with our nearest and dearest. And to capture the memories, we are taking lots of photos! So it’s great to be able to free up space on our phones, back up photos safely, and share them with others.
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Take advantage of the Cloud picture storage to manage your family photos
Today we show you how it’s done – with’s free cloud storage for photos and more!

Upload and back up photos knows that when it comes to storing and sharing photos, everyone has different preferences and ways of working. So we offer several options for uploading and managing your photos. Check out the list below to see which one(s) work best for you!
  1. Upload photos from hard drive to Cloud in web browser
  2. Upload photos from smartphone to Cloud in web browser
  3. Create folders to organize your photos
  4. Upload photos from smartphone to Cloud in app
  5. Share photos with trusted contacts

In your web browser: Upload from your hard drive

If you like logging into your email account in your web browser, you’ll be pleased to learn that there are several ways to upload, save and share photos here. First things first: Open your preferred web browser and log in to your account as usual. Then click the Cloud symbol in the upper navigation bar to access your online storage. If you have already saved the photos from your smartphone or camera to your computer, you now have two easy options for uploading them to your cloud picture storage:
  1. Click on the Upload button in the upper left corner of the Cloud screen and select Upload photos or Upload folder from the drop-down menu that appears. A window will open showing the files on your computer hard drive. Select the photos you wish to upload and click Open.
  2. Or if your Windows File Explorer is open, you can simply drag and drop the photo(s) into your opened Cloud.
Whichever method you use, the photos will now be saved in your cloud. They will remain on your computer’s hard drive, but a copy will also be stored on the remote server. This means you can access the uploaded photos anytime or anywhere you have an internet connection and share them with friends – and you won’t lose them if your hard drive is damaged by a power surge or computer virus.

In your web browser: Upload from your smartphone

But what if the photos you want to upload are still on your smartphone and you’d like to skip the step of transferring them to your computer hard drive? No problem – you can upload them directly from your smartphone to your online photo storage using a QR code:
  1. In the Cloud tab of your email account, click on the Upload button in the upper left corner of the Cloud screen and select Upload from smartphone from the drop-down menu that appears.
  2. A QR code and a password will appear
  3. Open your smartphone’s camera app, hold up your smartphone to the screen so the QR code appears in the viewfinder, and click on the web link that pops up.
  4. A window will appear asking you to enter the password (you’ll find it under the QR code on your browser screen). Enter it and press Verify password.
  5. Now tap Select file and choose Photo Library.
  6. Select the photos you’d like to upload to your Cloud and tap Add.

Don’t forget the folders!

Whichever method you use to upload photos to the cloud, you can keep things organized by creating folders. Just go to the Cloud tab, click Create folder in the top navigation bar. A popup window will appear; type in a folder name and press the Create folder button to save. Once the folder is created, you can drag and drop photos into it – or select the photo, click Move, select the folder you wish to place it in, and click Paste. You can also share entire folders with trusted contacts – so you can upload all your photos from a holiday party, create a share link, and send it via email, text, or social media link.

Uploading photos in the app

Of course, if you have the app installed on your smartphone or tablet, you can upload photos directly from your device to the Cloud in just a few taps. Simply open the app and tap the Cloud tab at the bottom of the screen. Tapping the + symbol gives you the option of picking photos from your device to upload to your cloud, taking a new photo and saving it to your cloud, or creating a folder to keep your cloud organized. You can also go to Settings > Cloud Settings > Automatic backup to activate automatic backing up of photos and/or videos on your device to the Cloud.
Good to know: photos that you upload to a account’s cloud storage via the web browser will be accessible in the Mail app and vice versa.

Pro tip: Sharing your photos

Just like Dropbox or other cloud-based file-sharing services, the Cloud lets you create a link for trusted recipients to view or download your photos, which are often too large to send as regular email attachments. Once you have uploaded your photos to the Cloud, select a photo or folder and click Share to create a guest link, which will appear in a popup window. You can either copy the link and paste it manually into an email or text message for your recipient, or click Send a link via email to automatically create an email containing your link. If you would like to set a password for opening the link, first click Share configuration to set the password, which you can then share separately with your recipient.

We hope you found this article helpful! Before you get starting uploading photos to the cloud, please leave us some feedback below!

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