Picture Keeper: The Best Way to Backup Photos on Your Phone While Traveling
Can I take you down memory lane for a moment? Remember the pre-digital days when disposable cameras were the bees knees? Ok ok, maybe they weren’t all of that, but they were affordable and got the job done. Plus, there was the anticipation of waiting that one hour at your local CVS or Walgreens Pharmacy to get them printed. I mean, that was half the fun, right? Standing at the counter, flipping through your prints, seeing how awesome
or awful your photos came out. Ahh, those were the days! But, thank God for the technology advancement and smartphones (aka the best thing since Golden Girls) because let’s be honest, having to print a photo just to scan and upload it to Facebook was not all that fun or convenient. Now, in the Insta Era, we literally have everything in the palm of our hands, and with a couple of clicks we can share photos, videos, basically our entire lives in two shakes of a tail feather.
Being a travel blogger/photographer means my life is pretty much in my phone, especially my photos. I used to take a lot of photos with my rinky dink disposable cameras, but now I take an insanely ridiculous amount of photos (there are 8,203 of them sitting in my camera roll as I type). Partly because it, obviously, takes me 103 takes to find one half-decent selfie, but mainly because I love documenting my travel ventures to share with my amazing readers and followers.
However, all these photos take up sooo much space on my phone and I’m constantly getting the dreaded, “Memory Storage Almost Full” on my iPhone…ARGH! So, I’m either constantly deleting photos (which is so hard for me, because hoarder), or deleting apps to make way for new photos. Who can relate? Seriously guys, I can’t be the only one.
I’ve tried backing my photos up on iCloud, uploading them to Dropbox, saving them to an external drive, but I’m still a little leery of cloud services, and I’m not consistent enough with manually uploading and backing them up on Dropbox or an external drive. However, I recently discovered Picture Keeper Connect and it has been a Godsend! This device is a mobile USB drive that makes it easy to connect and transfer photos, videos, and contacts to the device, keeping all your memories safe. Plus, it is the easiest way to backup your photos on your phone while traveling.
How Does it Work?
Picture Keeper Connect has its own built in software, so you don’t have to go through the muss and fuss of downloading any sort of software on your phone or computer. It’s really as easy as 1, 2, 3:
- Connect the device to your smartphone, laptop, or tablet (compatible with iOS, Android, Mac, Windows)
- Launch the Picture Keeper App
- Click “Start Backup”
That’s it! Once the initial backup begins it will save all photos, videos, and contacts. After that, any time you backup your photos it will only save new photos, so you don’t have to worry about duplicate photos or figuring out which ones you’ve already saved.
Who is it For?
Picture Keeper Connect is perfect for any and everyone wanting to make sure their photos and memories are kept safe. For example:
- Travelers – You seriously never know what can happen when you’re on the road…lost or stolen phone, your phone glitches out and you lose half your photos (like that one time in Dubrovnik), or who knows, you might drop it in snow while skiing (like that one time in Sarajevo) and your phone, with all your awesome photos and videos, is a goner. You just never know. This device is small and easy enough to just throw in your bag without taking up a lot of space and weight.
- Parents – Because tons and tons of baby/kid pics, duh. I mean, wouldn’t it be a shame to miss little Timmy’s first steps because you don’t have enough space on your phone?
- Grandparents – I don’t know about your grandparents, but my grands are not exactly the most tech-savvy people, so a device that can help them back up their photos in 3 easy steps is PERFECT!
- Photographers, event planners, etc – If your business revolves around photos and/or sharing photos, ideas, information, visions, etc then yep…this device’s for you!
More Awesomeness About Picture Keeper Connect
- You can backup multiple devices with the Connect (that old phone that sitting, collecting dust in a drawer that you seemingly can’t get the photos off of…back it up with the Connect)
- It doesn’t require WiFi or data in order to use it
- You can move files between wireless devices and computers
- It comes in different capacity sizes: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB
- No monthly fee
- No software to download, or wires to connect, or passwords to remember
- They also have a Share Your Photos app which is amazing for creating your own personal albums/events that can easily be shared with family and friends. Only guests with your event ID can view your event, which is a great alternative to posting more personal photos on social media for the world to see, or dealing with the hassle of trying to share photos via text or email.
Alright, I’ve told you about how frickin’ awesome this thing is, now, how do you get your own? Click here! And, because I love you guys so much, use promo code WORLDOFAWANDER to get 40% off any purchase.
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How do you usually back up your photos while traveling? Have you ever tried a mobile USB? If so, what was your experience?
That looks super handy, especially for phones where you can’t add extra memory. When I got my current phone I was able to put in a 128GB memory card and I’m constantly amazed at how much it can hold! But my older phone doesn’t have that capacity so this would be handy for it!
This looks pretty good. I would definitely try this as l tend to take a lot of pictures. I’m fortunate that l have an extra slot in my new phone for storage but my hubby does not, so will definitely check it out :-).
Love this! I just entered the giveaway. I take so many photos and usually have a larger external hard drive with me, but this is even smaller and way more convenient 🙂
I typically keep an external drive with me as well, especially for DSLR photos, but this definitely comes in handy for a quick backup of your phone’s photos
This looks super useful! I am one of those people who routinely gets “memory almost full errors.” And it always happens at the least convenient time. This seems much less stressful than trying to quickly delete things, clear caches and restart in order to take the photo I needed at that moment. Very cool. Thanks for sharing!
Totally agree! So much easier!
Wow this seems super handy when traveling, especially if you do not have a great wifi connection! That is our number one problem with backing up photos when we travel to a cloud storage. I would love to check this out as I just fill up my phone with photos. I wish their storage was a little bigger but I guess it’s not meant to be a long term storage solution, just an easy way to back up your photos on the go, which is genius!
They actually have devices that go up to 64 GB, which is awesome because 16 GB can fill up really quickly with photos and videos
I need this picture keeper. My phone is always full and I need to delete so many. I haven’t heard of picture keeper before but would definitely check it out and enter the giveaway. ?
Thanks for entering 🙂
This seems like a super handy tool! I’m about to head out for some long-term travel and this would be perfect! I know that feeling of needing to take 60 shots to find that perfect one! Even though my phone holds a lot, you never want to encounter those moments where you have no room for the perfect shot and the light or moment passes by…
So true! I can’t tell you how many times this has happened to me!
Sandy N Vyjay
You brought back the excitement of waiting for your pictures to develop in the days prior to the emergence of digital photography. On another note the Picture Keeper sounds like a good option for backing up pictures. There are so many instances of pictures being lost, which means great memories down the drain. So we all need a good back up system in place.
I totally agree!
Ummmm I NEEEEEEEDED this two years ago when I was taking all my photos on my iphone and then having to transfer my photos to my computer and then backing it up on a hardrive… which I eventually LOST! This is so nifty! Saving this as must have gear and entering the contest, yay!!! 😀
So sorry to hear that. That’s the worst! Thanks for entering the contest.
You’re right you never know what can happen to your phone during your travels. A backup like this is a fantastic idea
LaiAriel R. Samangka ( Thelittlelai: Beyond limits)
The Picture keeper app is sounds really interesting and I have just heard about this one actually. I also have the same problem with you, yes backing photos manually when you’re traveling is really hard and sometimes it takes time. I sometimes just delete some of my photos because my phone storage is run out of space and it made me sad sometimes. I will surely check this app and thank you for a very well written review about this app as well.
Thanks for reading! I hate when I have to delete photos. I feel like I need ALL of them lol
Mimi & Mitch
All storage keeps getting full and it is indeed hell to think about back up-ing stuff when you travel. The app seems convenient, will have to read more about it on the website to see if that can really be more convenient in my workflow!
The app is awesome! I love that you can share it with anyone.
Marissa | Marissa Teachable Moments
Reading this made me realize I need to get my life together!! I’d be so sad if I lost my travel pics. Thanks for sharing!
I knowww!! Me too! I had a scare at the end of last year, and I thought all my photos were a goner. It seriously made me get it together very quickly and make sure I had backups to my backups.
haha I most definitely remember those days (I’m 35 lol) but yes, I completely agree that smartphones or technology are just the best and as a digital nomad, they have greatly enhanced the quality of my life. Picture Keeper sounds very handy actually, and definitely up my alley …cheers for the heads up!
Those were the days, right? haha. But, I agree. It makes the digital nomad life sooo much easier!