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!
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!