We’ve talked before about the advantages of backing up your smartphone to the cloud using Google Photos. But there are also several convenient ways for smartphone users to store photos away from your mobile device.
PC users operating on Windows 10 have access to an app called Your Phone which, once downloaded, lets you wirelessly transfer photos from an Android phone to your computer. It includes a companion app for your phone that links the two devices, letting you automatically copy, share, or save a photo taken on your phone to your computer.
iPhone users can also install third-party (meaning, non-Apple) apps to transfer photos. The Photo Transfer App offers both a free and paid version which lets you transfer from your iPhone to a computer using the app’s dedicated web page, or via a companion app installed on your PC desktop.
PhotoSync offers similar functionality to iPhone users, and also allows you to upload photos from your phone to an online storage site like OneDrive or DropBox. The basic PhotoSync app is free, but a paid subscription is required for transferring higher quality images plus other bonus features.
The free WiFi Photo Transfer app generates a local web page on your network from which you can view and download photos from your phone. Install and open the app on your phone, then enter the URL displayed on the screen into your desktop browser. You’re then able to view or download from your iPhone’s camera roll right to your PC. Storing photos to the cloud is still the best way to make sure your files are safely and securely preserved. But these options make a handy companion for giving you even greater access to your memories to easily view and share them across multiple devices.