I’m on a bit of a mission at present, to declutter and get myself more organised!

There doesn’t seem to be any area of life I’m ignoring, and sorting my iPhone photos has become one of my top priorities – especially as both my husband and I take a huge number of photos daily!

We all know the feeling of having to rummage through countless files on the computer or phone, looking for that one particular photo which we know is ‘somewhere’ Having a system for keeping your photos organised is the first step to actually getting them printed, displayed and enjoyed!

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Getting organised

So, when thinking about organising photos, the big question to address is, ‘Where should I store them?’

There are a few ways to do this…

How To Organise and Store Your iPhone Photos

All iPhones have a Camera Roll and can also have My Photo Stream enabled. If you have ever wondered what the difference is between the two, the Camera Roll is unique to your phone, and the Photo Stream is in the cloud and syncs with all your other devices. For example, if you take a photo on your iPhone, it immediately saves to your Camera Roll and is visible only on your iPhone (unless you’ve enabled My Photo Stream).

Enabling My Photo Stream is a great way to back up photos, mine go straight to my iCloud account.

I also use an Instagram folder on my iPhone and my Instagram images automatically go in here, a quick way to retrieve the fully edited versions of images I’ve used on Instagram.

Photos which I take and don’t use on Instagram either sit in my Camera Roll or are put into a new folder if they are from a special event or holiday and there are lots of them!

Storing your photos online is another great way to backup your files. Services like Flickr or Photobucket allow you to have peace of mind knowing that a house fire or a lost or stolen phone won’t result in lost photos too.

If you want to keep your folders in tact, you can use a cloud option like DropBox or Google Drive. I have Dropbox installed on m iPhone and every month I transfer images straight from my iPhone into ready made monthly folders – it makes them so easy to retrieve! Online storage means you can also access your photos from anywhere the internet is available.

Has that helped? It’s not that hard! It just takes a little bit of decluttering, some purposeful planning (and maybe a few hours getting your head around folders and putting your current photos into the right files) and then you can breathe a sigh of well organised photo contentment.

Next time I’ll share my tips for printing and using your newly organised photos so you can really enjoy them!

Happy organising!

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6 Comments

  • june
    Posted 25th May 2015 4:50 pm 0Likes

    Hi Carol! I love how the Photo Stream syncs with my iPad because I like viewing my photos in that larger format. I would love to use iCloud for backup storage of my photos, but since I have an iPhone 4 my photos won’t back up to the cloud. In the alternative, I use the PhotoSync app which transfers my photos to my desktop computer, then they are also backed up onto a separate drive. Right now my online ‘storage’ I guess you could say is with a couple of photo processing companies, and that is because I regularly print photos for my memory books. I look forward to your next post on printing and using photos.

  • Bex
    Posted 26th May 2015 7:36 am 0Likes

    Good tips, Carol! I’ve tried to love Dropbox but for some reason I really struggle with it! Must give it another go. I try to import everything into monthly folders on my computer. I feel so organised when my phone has space to take more piccies!

  • Carol
    Posted 26th May 2015 3:44 pm 0Likes

    I know Bex, it took me a while to get my head around Dropbox too! It doesn’t matter really what you use, as long as you back up and, as you say, free up your phone for more lovely photos! x

  • Carol
    Posted 26th May 2015 3:46 pm 0Likes

    You sound pretty organised to me June! 😉 Memory books… they’re on my list for my next post! I really need to do more of them! x

  • Emma
    Posted 27th May 2015 8:21 pm 0Likes

    Photo’s – printing, storing, choosing them all stress me out! I am trying to be much more organised of late & am printing 40 a month from my freeprint app! I use my Amazon cloud for storing but do worry what I’ll do when storage runs out!! X

  • Carol
    Posted 27th May 2015 8:41 pm 0Likes

    It is a bit of a minefield Emma, isn’t it! I try to be quite ruthless and keep only those photos I really love and/or am sentimental about, but it’s hard at times to choose and storage is an issue I agree! 😉 x

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