Sharing Photos Online The Easy Way

If you’re like two-thirds of Canadians, you own a smartphone. And with that smartphone you have the ability to take pretty great pictures… on something that can fit in your pocket. Candid shots of the kids, beautiful sunsets, that sneaky raccoon who keeps finding his way into your garage — the photographic possibilities are endless. But then, what do you do with all of those photos? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to share them with a couple of clicks?

Cloud storage, which is essentially a database you can access from anywhere, makes it easy. In this article I go over how to use two of my favorite cloud storage options. 

Let’s get started!

Dropbox

Dropbox is my favourite cloud storage option because it’s easily accessible from most devices – and it’s just as easy to use whether you’re on a Mac or PC.

Once you sign up for a free account, download the free app to your smartphone (you can text yourself the Dropbox app link from this page). Once you’ve download the app and logged in, you will get this prompt:

Select ‘OK‘, as this gives Dropbox permission to share your photos when you ask it to.

After that, it’s just a matter of selecting which photos you want to upload and share, and then click ‘Next.’ From here it will give you the option to upload the selected images to a folder. You can put them in an existing folder or create a new one.

Once your images are loaded into Dropbox, you can share them one of two ways:

  1. share the image or the folder, or
  2. you can ask Dropbox to create a link to the image or folder and send it in a text, email, or through Facebook. If you’re on a tight data plan on your smartphone, I’d recommend sharing the link instead of sending individual images or an entire folder.

Once your image / folder / link is shared, your friends and family can download the images.

Google Photos

Google Photos is also cloud-based storage that has a simple sharing feature. Here are the two important setup steps:

  1. Log into your Google account on your desktop Mac or PC.
  2. Click on the settings icon on the top right hand side of the screen and select ‘Download Backup and Sync for Windows / iOS’

To access Google Photos on your desktop, look for it in the same menu as Google Drive.

Once you’ve done the desktop setup you can download the Google Drive app on your smartphone. Login using your Google account credentials. Just like with Dropbox, it will ask your permission to access your photos. Say ‘OK.’ The next screen will already have the ‘Backup & Sync’ option turned on. Click ‘Confirm.’

From here, you can navigate the mobile Google Photos functions using the menu bar at the bottom of the screen. To share a photo, click ‘Sharing’ and then select the photos you want to share. The hit ‘Next’ and then either type the email address or telephone number of the person you want to share it with, add a message, and send!

Sharing Images One At A Time

Here are a few quick & easy ways to share one or two photos from your smartphone when you’re on the go:

  1. Text Message: all smartphones have a text message app that has the ability to share photos. Make sure that this feature has permission to access your photos, and you’re all set! Permissions are found in Settings on your device.
  2. Email: using the email app or the web browser on your phone, login to your email account. Select the photos you want to send using the ‘attachment’ feature. Same as with text messages, you want to make sure that your email app and web browser have permission to access your photos.
  3. Social Media: you can share a photo in a post, and most social media will allow you to select who gets to see it. For more on social media security, read this article that I published just a few months ago about controlling what people have access to on your social media.

Important Tips to Remember

Here are a couple of tips to keep things simple, fun, and secure:

  • When sharing photos from a mobile device, and if you’re working in an area that has secure, reliable Wifi, use that instead of your mobile data. Your wallet will thank you!
  • Keep your passwords secure. For more on cloud security, read this article that I published just a couple of months ago on how to keep your cloud data safe.

If you have questions about how to share your photos, or if I can help you get setup on Dropbox or Google Photos, give me a call or send me an email! I’m always happy to help.