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How To Recover Photos From Your Phone Gallery

How To Recover Photos From Your Gallery

How To Recover Photos From Your Gallery

There was a time in which photos were something special to keep in albums and watch together with family and friends. There was also a time in which photos were taken only with cameras, so that they were clearly something reserved to special events or when traveling. Nowadays, thanks to our smartphones, we are instead able to take photos everywhere and anywhere. We can take pictures at any moment of our life, so that photos have lost their exclusivity of something made to remember special events. In addition, while physical albums are still used by nostalgics and people who still want to document important moments of their lives, nowadays most of our photos are stored in the memory of our smartphones. Again, our smartphones are the center of our digital lives and so, also the place where we are used to store our photos. Still, how good it is to store our memories on these devices? What happens if someday we cannot use our smartphone anymore and how to recover these photos from phone gallery if we need to?

Smartphone is not a vault for photos

Let’s put it clear: your smartphone is not a safe vault you can trust for keeping your most important photos. Smartphones, like any electronic device, have a life cycle and are not meant to work forever. Your phone may break someday, otherwise, you may lose it or have it stolen by someone. Often we are used to think ‘it will never happen to me’, only to discover that these situations may happen to anyone. If you are lucky enough, you may just face phone damages at some points of your life, then, in order to recover photos from your phone gallery, you will need to afford expensive phone repairs. If you face the worst situations in which your phone gets lost or stolen, this means you lose access to all your photos with no way, expensive or not, to recover them, provided you don’t have made backup copies in the past: only then, you realize your phone is not and may never be considered as a vault for your photos: instead, it can be intended as a temporary place where to keep our memories.

The importance of cloud backup

Making physic backups of our photos may be a very convenient way to reduce the risk of losing our memories stored on our smartphone. Still, physic devices like external hard drives or even your PC are not exempt from the same risks your smartphone can face. They may break and they are not durable. Of course, having copies of your photos means reducing the risk, still, you are not entirely safe. At the end, the best way to really store your most important pictures is to turn back to printed albums: these don’t surely face the obsolescence that affects digital storage.

Then, we come to the third alternative: backups on the cloud. This means storing our photos not anymore on physical devices we own, but on digital services we can access with an account. These provide a lot of advantages:

  • cloud storage services are backed by technical teams who continuously manage a redundancy system that not only makes backups of your photos constantly, but even constantly check broken hard drives and servers so that they get continuously replaced. This is, essentially, the basic reason why internet exists as something durable and doesn’t just apply to photos (can you imagine services like Google or Facebook to disappear just because the hard drives where they are hosted gets suddenly broken? No, and this is because of the redundancy). Redundancy together with constant management by a technical team makes cloud backup definitely better than backing up your photos on just a physical device you keep in your house, without knowing how much it may last;
  • cloud storage is safe: provided that you use strong passwords, even better if combined with a second factor authentication, you are not definitely going to face high risks of a hacker attack that suddenly wipes all your photos. Even in case it happens, again, cloud companies have recovery plans and backups that may restore everything. There is an organization level when it comes to backing up your data and make it safe that it is hard to think when we just make backups at home;
  • privacy is ensured: despite the growing concerns about privacy, cloud companies have often strict privacy policies and even security auditing teams that make sure employees with administration powers don’t abuse them to access private photos with no agreement of their owner. This internal auditing is what makes, for example, clear that a Google employee is not going to spy on your Gmail account just like a Facebook employee is not going to read your private messages. Of course, privacy may also not be a particular issues if you just limit to store the same photos you would already publicly post on your Instagram profile.
Your photos on the cloud

Your photos on the cloud

What cloud service you should choose?

In order to backup your photos you can rely on several services. If you use iPhone, you may find convenient to subscribe to iCloud, which is the integrated cloud service that allows you to backup photos and also other data you store on your phone. If you use Android, you may find it good to use Google Photos. In the between, you can also choose other services that are not tied to your phone OS, for example, Microsoft OneDrive or Amazon Photos. The same, you can choose Google Photos even if you use an iOS device, just to say: you are not obliged to store your photos just on the cloud service which seems the most integrated with your phone ecosystem, as all the biggest cloud providers have apps for several kinds of phones. This is important as you can be free to eventually switch phone in the future without losing compatibility with your favorite cloud service. In order to choose the best cloud services for you you need to look at prices (in case you need extra storage) and at integration with services you already use: if you are an iPhone user but also an Amazon Prime shop-a-holic, you may find it great to rely on Amazon Photos perks that are already integrated with your Prime subscription, just like you may find it good to rely on Google Photos if you are already into Google ecosystem, independently from what device you are using.

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The Dublin headquarters of Google. Google provides Photos, a service that can be used in order to store pictures on the cloud.

The Dublin headquarters of Google. Google provides Photos, a service that can be used in order to store pictures on the cloud.

When you have an account set at a photos cloud provider, you choose to automatically sync your pictures stored on your smartphone with a remote gallery. This means that every photo saved on your smartphone gets instantaneously uploaded on your cloud account. Then you can wipe your phone memory and keep it free with no worries: your photos are already safe in your cloud account. In the eventuality you need to access them, just open the cloud app and download them. In this way, you have your photos always with you and with no more worries in case you need to change phone.

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