Store your photos online for free

Here are three of the best free cloud storage services to consider.

Store your photos online for free

There are many benefits to storing and sharing your photos on a dedicated, photo storage site that’s free. It’s not just about keeping all photos in one place – it’s about being able to organise, edit, share and keep them secure without being charged. With so many free file storage options available, it can be difficult to know which one to use.Here are three of the best cloud storage services to consider.

Google Photos

Google’s new free photo storage website is currently all the rage, and is being called the best of its kind for its features and layout. With Google Photos you’ll have unlimited photo and video storage for all uploads up to 2048 pixels. It does the hard work of organising your photos for you, so all you have to do is search for a key word, such as ‘dog’ and all your related photos will be shortlisted. If you’re running out of space on your smartphone, you can set your phone to delete photos from your device once they’re safely backed up online.

Head to Google Photos to set up an account, or download the app for your Apple or Android device.


Used widely by photography enthusiasts, Flickr has experienced a redesign in the past two years and has become a great option for almost everyone. On Flickr, you’ll receive a mammoth 1TB of free storage – almost more than you’ll ever need – so you can use it to just dump and keep all your precious images. Features also include geo-tagging and people-tagging (as with Google Photos), as well as some basic online photo editing tools so that you can bring out the beauty of your photographs.

The beauty of Flickr is that it’s not just for personal storage; it’s also a social media platform, so you can share your photos with the world (or just some select friends).

Head to Flickr to set up an account, or download the app for your Apple or Android device.

Microsoft OneDrive

Previously called SkyDrive, OneDrive offers a generous 15GB of free storage. Users are given a couple of options to earn more storage space – referring friends to sign up to OneDrive will get you 500MB extra, while linking OneDrive to your mobile’s camera roll will earn you a substantial 3GB.

OneDrive allows you to upload all your important files – not just photos – so it’s a great all-round option for safeguarding everything. It also works seamlessly with Windows computers and devices, and synchronises with Outlook, Hotmail, MSN, Live, Xbox Live and Office Online document editing, so users of these services will find OneDrive convenient.

Head to OneDrive to set up an account, or download the app for your Apple or Android device.

On a side note, whichever platform you choose, it’s worth mentioning that you shouldn’t rely on the internet alone to keep your photos and documents safe. A good-quality external hard drive – available at most technology retailers – will offer additional support and peace of mind.

Have you tried any of these platforms? Which photo storage option do you find most useful?


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    21st Oct 2015
    I use dropbox and find it very good as I can store everything on my hard drive and access it from anywhere. Not free, but cheap for what is offered.
    21st Oct 2015
    If you use flickr does that mean everyone else can see your photos or can you keep them all private? Anyone know? Thanks
    22nd Oct 2015
    You can set up private or public albums and control who sees what
    21st Oct 2015
    Just placed a heap of pics on to Google Photos as suggested, but when I delete from the camera, it also deletes from Google Photos.... How is that ?
    31st Mar 2016
    I tried one drive and it was hell. As doing biography of photos al geotagged and labels quite lengthy with explanation for future generations. Had me changing titles as too long.
    Did use google years ago and it re invented my folder system so scared to do that. I have neRly one terra photos I back up externally but sheesh wish there was a cheap program for Apple that didn't include iPhoto. Happy to buy, just want to be able to red eye, straighten, occasional focus, shadow, and rare remove scratch or pen mark as many in those horrid photo frames stuck to bottom.

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