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Snapshot: How to Organise Your Photos in the Apple Eco System

One of the best features of the iPad and iPhone is its performance in taking photos and videos. It has a quality that can rival DSLR cameras while also having an easy-to-use interface. 

But organising and sifting through all the photos taken and having enough space is a problem. Apple users often find out too late that their storage ran out due to an excess of image and video files.

If you face the same problem, don’t worry. Among the selling points of Apple devices is how they have the means to connect to make an ecosystem. An ecosystem in tech terms pertains to devices connected by software to create a network.

Do you happen to own more than one Apple device? Here are ways on how you can organise your photos by taking advantage of the Apple eco system.

Setting up the iCloud Storage

Within Apple’s eco system, this particular feature is available on all linked devices. With Apple iCloud, you can start working on a file with one device then continue on another. That feature also works with storing photos on the Cloud.

What you need for this setup is an iCloud storage plan. With it, you can store photos, videos, and other files that you save and access with your iPhone, MacBook, and so on. 

You can start with a 50 GB plan for something basic. If you can afford it, you can go for a 2 TB plan (which is a great option for families).

Once you have your iCloud storage plan set, you can set your devices on System Preferences. In this case, have your Photo Library synchronise with the cloud. Now you have a backup area where you can store your photos.

Sorting Photos in One Place

The Photos app will hold a lot of the images you take within the Apple ecosystem. With the iCloud sync function, you can organise your photos easily. That allows you to store all these photos in one place after taking a photo with your iPhone or iPad.

The easy part about sorting them is that you can create albums or folders where you can sort your photos. While the system sorts them by specific dates, you can create other folders in any manner or form. 

This feature helps you with grouping your favourite photos whether by preferences or according to tags. This also assists you in putting up albums dedicated to an important event or moment.

When using your MacBook, you will want to transfer photos from your digital camera. Using the Photos app, you can copy them and have the original files saved into your hard drive. Once transferred, you can also have them saved on iCloud.

Backups and Saving Original Files

In the end, backing up your photos is the most underrated process. Having a dedicated cloud storage helps store photos, but that isn’t enough. Getting the original files for use with your Mac is just as important.

When setting up your iCloud and Photo Album, you can set this up in Preferences. There, you can set an automatic upload to iCloud, Mac optimisation, and file downloads.

A great tip in organising your files is having a storage backup in case your device fails. Having an iCloud storage plan helps in backing up your photos. Photo Library ensures that your original photos remain protected for your peace of mind.

Deleting Files and Retrieving Them

People often encounter moments when they have to free up storage on their devices. This is a common occurrence for both the iPhone or the MacBook. Sometimes, there are also moments when you’d prefer to remove certain photos or whole albums.

In the iPad and iPhone, you have a folder designed for these deleted files called Recently Deleted. After a certain time, they vanish similar to a recycle bin or the Trash folder. Here, you can still have time to deliberate if you want to keep them or get rid of them.

But what if you deleted the files by accident? There is a whole set of instructions that you can check out with this useful source.

Alternative Options for Organizing Photos

The iCloud Photo Library is a must-have for those immersed in the Apple eco system. But there are others who prefer to have other options to work with. The good thing is that you have other apps and systems that you can use to fulfill the same roles.

1. Amazon Photos

One is Amazon Photos, perfect for those who have an Amazon Prime account. The Amazon Cloud Drive app lets you store the photos on your desktop or iOS device into their Cloud Drive system. You can access them with your Amazon Cloud account online. 

Amazon Photos has the same features found in the iCloud Photo Library minus the editing features. Although, it has organisational tools that you can take advantage of to create albums with ease.

2. Google Photos

Google also has an option for cloud storage for your photos. In some way or form, you may also have a Google account aside from an Apple account. If you prefer using Google more, you might find Google Photos a delightful alternative.

Once you upload photos to your Google Drive, it organises it to the Google Photos app. You can also use their Desktop uploader and iOS app. It also has organisational features that automatically recognise and compile your photos into collections.

Among its other features are filters, colour balance adjustments, and other tools

3. Dropbox

As a cloud storage service, Dropbox shows its versatility with how it can hold files of various types. It also comes with an automatic camera uploader that constantly updates with your newly-captured photos. 

It has a whole myriad of features such as easy organisation an easy sharing. It can let you share those photos with others even without them needing to have an account.

Start Organizing With the Apple Eco System

Taking advantage of the Apple eco system makes organisation easier to handle. Having your devices sync in one place, you can sort your photos and preserve the magical moments they capture.

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