Organizing Your Digital Photos: Get Them Off Your Phone | Families
If you do one thing today, get your pictures off your phone. I can’t tell you how many people I talk to who tell me that they use their phone as their primary camera and yet they never take the pictures off their phone and they don’t back up the pictures. This worries me on so many levels. What if your phone falls in the toilet (hey, it happens!) and is irretrievably damaged? What if your phone gets stolen or lost on vacation? What if your phone just goes haywire and you lose everything? All of these scenarios would mean no more pictures of your nephew’s graduation, the cat doing that cute thing she does and all of those great selfies.
So your assignment, if you chose to accept it, is to google “how to download photos from [your phone type] to [your computer type].” You will find instructions from your phone’s manufacturer and well as advice and suggestions from lots of other people. If you are still stumped, contact your cell service provider for assistance. Then actually download the photos! And of course, my advice is to be sure that you backup your computer or have a cloud storage system (See Organize Your Digital Life: Do You Have A Backup Plan?).
Another option is to use an automatic backup system such as Dropbox (see There's An App for That: Dropbox) or iCloud. I believe some cell service providers have options available as well.
Now that you know how to download your photos, set a date with yourself to do this on a regular basis such as weekly or monthly.
One final thing, be sure to delete the copies on your phone so you have plenty room to capture more memories…or maybe just more selfies.
Andi Willis is a Professional Organizer and the owner of Good Life Organizing based in Perry, GA. She is a home organizing expert who loves to help people find creative solutions to organize their homes and simplify their lives. Andi can help you get past the clutter and get on with your life!