What is Amazon Photos and how do you use it?
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(Pocket-lint) – If you subscribe to Amazon Prime, you get access to a number of different benefits. These benefits range from discounts during Prime Day to free shipping on your purchases, access to Prime Video for your TV streaming needs, as well as Amazon Music Prime, Prime Reading, Prime Gaming and more. .
One of the most overlooked Amazon photos, but what is it and how does it work?
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What is Amazon Photos?
Amazon Photos is a benefit for Amazon Prime members. As part of your Prime membership, you get access to secure digital cloud storage for your photos and videos.
This includes up to 5 GB of video storage for your personal video files as well as unlimited storage for your photos. These photos can also be stored in full resolution, which means you can easily save your precious family memories at no extra cost.
Amazon Photos is designed for personal use and not for commercial photos, but otherwise you can store images and even create a “family vault”.
What is the Family Vault?
Amazon Photos gives you the option to add up to six family members to your Prime account so you can upload photos and videos together. This means that your family can access and enrich the digital photo archive.
Even better, people added to Family Vault get access to their own Amazon Photos account at no additional cost, with the same benefit of unlimited photo storage and 5GB of video storage.
Once uploaded to Amazon Photos, your images are then available for viewing in multiple ways. You can configure them to show up on different devices, including Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Echo Show devices, and Amazon Fire tablets.
What are the other features of Amazon Photos?
Amazon Photos doesn’t just let you store your favorite photos, it also lets you organize them into albums, share them with loved ones, and even filter them in different ways.
Amazon Photos uses smart technology to scan your photos and identify things, people, and objects in the images. You can then use the filters to select and display specific images sorted by that type. For example, you can click on a face in the filters and the photos will automatically be sorted to show that person.
The desktop version of Amazon Photos has a search function that allows you to find particular items from a quick search term. We’ve had success using it to filter photos of family members based on description, but you can also easily search for things like barbecues.
How to Upload to Amazon Photos
There are different ways to upload your photos to Amazon Photos so that you can store and access them safely. Some of these options also allow automatic downloading.
The easiest way to back up your photos with Amazon Photos is to use the Amazon Photos app.
Uploading to Amazon Photos on Android
If you have an Android smartphone, you can download the Amazon Photos app from Google Play. Once that’s done, you’ll need to log in.
You can then download photos already stored on your phone. The app will show you a gallery of the different images from your camera roll and the different folders already on your device. You can then upload your images by following these steps:
- Tap and hold an image you want to download.
- You will then see a menu appear at the top of the screen, with the image of an arrow pointing to a cloud.
- Click it to download
If you want to select multiple images, you can tap and hold an image to enter multi-select, then scroll through other important images you want to upload to Amazon Photos.
You can also download individual images by tapping on the photo to enlarge it, then clicking the three-dot menu icon in the top right and clicking download.
You can also share a photo from here with other apps.
How to Auto Download on Android
You can set your Android phone to automatically upload images to Amazon Photos in the future. So you don’t have to think about it anymore and your images are always saved.
To do this :
- Click to open the Amazon Photos app on your phone.
- Click on “more” at the bottom right of the application.
- Click on “Settings”.
- Then click on Auto Backup
- You can then select different options for automatically saving videos and photos.
You can also change some settings including managing which folders are downloaded to avoid downloading Whatsapp screenshots or images which may not be as important. You can also limit automatic download to Wi-Fi only if you want to avoid downloading and wasting your mobile data.
Upload to Amazon Photos on iPhone
If you have an Apple iPhone, you can use the Amazon Photos iOS app just like the Android version.
To download photos on iOS, follow these steps:
- Click to open the Amazon Photos app
- Click the plus icon at the bottom right
- Click on “upload photos and videos”.
- Select the camera roll on the next screen
- Tap the photos you want to download, then click the download button in the top right.
How to Automatically Download on iPhone
Automatic image downloading makes your life a whole lot easier when it comes to storing and backing up your important photos.
To automatically back up your images, follow these steps:
- Click to launch the Amazon Photos app
- Tap on the plus icon at the bottom right then click on settings
- Select downloads.
- Then click the button to save automatically
You can choose to select photos or videos for auto download and choose to save photos using mobile data or not.
How to Upload to Amazon Photos on a Browser
If you have photos on your computer that you need to upload to Amazon Photos, the good news is that it’s pretty easy to do.
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- Go to the Amazon Photos website and click to sign in.
- At the top right there is an “Add” button.
- Click on it and you will be able to upload photos.
- You can also upload entire folders by clicking “Upload Folder”.
In the left navigation, you have the possibility to create albums and organize the photos in a logical way. You can also do other sorting, including sorting the images by year they were taken or by the “things” or “people” they contain.
How to use Family Vault
Amazon Photos’ Family Vault feature is a great way to collect family photos and share them with the most important people in your family.
You don’t have to share anything you upload to your Amazon Photos account with your family vault. You can choose to upload images from specific devices or even choose the images you want to add with relative ease.
To set up and use Family Vault, we recommend that you follow these steps:
- Go to the Amazon Photos website and sign in.
- Click Family Safe on the left side of the navigation.
- From there, you can click to invite others to access your Family Vault.
- Then scroll down the page and click “select photos to add” or “add all photos”.
You may not want to add all the photos on your device or phone to the Family Vault. So you can choose which ones you want to add and preserve your privacy.
You can also access Family Vault from your phone. Open the app and click on “more”, then on “settings” and finally on “Family Vault”. You have a number of options, including
- Automatically add downloads from all your devices
- Add downloads from your phone only
- Only add photos and videos from the device you’re using.
You can also choose to delete all your photos and videos from the family vault with just a few clicks. This is one of the settings in the app, great if you’ve added photos you didn’t want and don’t want others to see.
Written by Adrian Willings.