So you’re considering picking up an Amazon Prime account because you heard you get unlimited storage space for photos, yes? There’s a reason you might not want to do that. When you get an Amazon Fire Phone or Fire tablet or Kindle device, you may get Amazon Prime as well. Once it expires – if you allow it to expire, that is – you might have a tough time looking at those photos you’ve been saving for months and months. Those photos will start disappearing.
The standard “free” plan you’ll get with Amazon Cloud Drive for your photos – or whatever other files you have – includes 5GB of space. That’s yours forever, you’ll always be able to access that. You can get that now, even if you’re not an Amazon Prime member.
- Step 1: Head to Amazon.com and log in to your account. Step 2: Now head up to the top right and click on the Hello (name here) link or you might only need to hover your mouse. Step 3: You should be on your Amazon Photos screen. Here you will find all the photos and videos you have saved to.
Once you sign up for Amazon Prime, you’ll get “Unlimited Photo Storage.” As Amazon suggests, “It’s like having a virtual album of every one of your photos that you can access at any time, no matter which device you use.” Truly, it is.
You can access your photos from the web, with your mobile Amazon app on iOS (for iPhone or iPad) or Android. You can access the Cloud Drive application (on a Windows machine).
Once your Amazon Prime account expires, Amazon may delete your files or simply stop your access to them. Pictures of pink dolphins in the amazon river.
If you exceed your Service Plan’s storage limit, including by downgrading or not renewing your Service Plan or no longer qualifying for an Additional Benefit, we may delete or restrict access to Your Files. We may impose other restrictions on use of the Service.
This isn’t all that different from other similar services. Have a peek at Dropbox’s terms of service, for example:
If you don’t pay for your Paid Account on time, we reserve the right to suspend it or reduce your storage to free space levels.
You can stop using our Services at any time, although we’ll be sorry to see you go. Google may also stop providing Services to you, or add or create new limits to our Services at any time.
We believe that you own your data and preserving your access to such data is important. If we discontinue a Service, where reasonably possible, we will give you reasonable advance notice and a chance to get information out of that Service.
Seem reasonable to you?
The only thing you need to remember when using any cloud storage system is that if you don’t pay for what you’re using, that service is under no obligation to keep your files safe.
Just like you were renting real life storage space. You don’t pay, your stuff doesn’t stay.
With the cameras on our cell phones getting better with every model, it’s never been easier to take amazing pictures. The bigger question though is where are you going to keep all these photos?
Cloud photo storage is a great way to keep your pictures safe in case something happens to your phone, or simply to free up some space on your device. For this article, we’ll dig a little deeper into one of those services and talk about Amazon Prime Photos.
What is Amazon Photos?
Amazon Photos’ title pretty much says it all. It’s Amazon’s way to help you store and back up your photos. If you’re familiar with how cloud services like iCloud Photos or Google Photos work, you’ll find quite a few similarities.
You can either manually upload your photos, or you can use Amazon’s iPhone app to automatically back up your pictures. In fact, with the app’s auto-backup feature, it will back up photos as you take them. That ensures your entire library is backed up and you don’t even have to think about it.
Amazon Prime Photos Share Account
Before you start uploading your photos to Amazon Photos, clean up your photo library, so you’re not wasting storage on useless pics. An app like Gemini Photos will scan your library for similar photos, blurred shots, and other clutter, and help you get rid of them.Download on the App Store
How much is Amazon’s photo storage?
There are a few storage and pricing plans to choose from. The good news is that with any of the plans you get unlimited, full-resolution photo uploads. Videos count toward your storage quota, but pictures are unlimited.
The downside is that there’s no cheaper or free low-storage tier. That being said, if you’re already an Amazon Prime member, you get Amazon Photos with 5 GB of video storage completely free. Non-Prime members or upgraded storage plans start at:
- 100 GB for $11.99/year
- 1 TB for $59.99/year
How Amazon Prime Photo storage works on iPhone
As we mentioned a little bit earlier, an easy way to make sure all your photos are backed up is by using Amazon’s Prime Photos app. Let’s go over some of the basics — some of the things you may be familiar with, others maybe not so much. But first things first, head over to the App Store and download the Amazon Photos app.
Amazon Photos Family Account
How to upload your iPhone pics to Amazon Photos
After you log in to the app for the first time, you’ll be prompted to allow it to auto-backup your photos. If you only want to upload specific pictures, here’s how you can turn this off in the app:
- Tap More in the bottom right corner.
- Select Upload Photos and Videos.
- And then choose the photos you want to upload.
How to access your photos on Amazon
After you’ve uploaded your pictures, you’ll see your photos if you click on the Photos tab, in the bottom left corner of the screen.
My Amazon Photos Storage
Unlike other apps, namely Google Photos, Amazon does not automatically delete your pictures after they’ve been uploaded. So if you’re looking to free up some space on your iPhone, then you’ll have to manually delete the photos after they’ve been uploaded.
Can you edit photos in the Amazon Photos app?
Just like other great cloud photo storage options, Amazon Prime Photos has some basic editing tools.
My Amazon Photos Sign In
- Tap Photos in the bottom left corner.
- Select the photo you want to edit.
- In the upper right-hand corner, tap the ellipses.
- Tap Edit Photo.
Are pics in Amazon Photos full resolution?
Yes, Amazon Photos does store your pics in full resolution, which is a major advantage in comparison to other cloud services. Most either offer unlimited photo storage with compressed photos or they’ll store them in full resolution, but limit your storage space.
Is the Amazon Prime photo storage secure?
The quick answer is yes, Amazon Prime Photo storage is secure. There are features like “hiding” photos, and you can password-protect them, adding an extra layer of security. But just like with other cloud services, once you share a picture with someone it because a little less secure.
If you already have an Amazon Prime account, it almost seems like a no-brainer to give Amazon Photos a try. Or if you’re someone who likes to shoot a ton of videos and pictures, you can still get unlimited photo storage for under $1/month, which is an incredibly reasonable price. Not to mention the peace of mind that comes with knowing all of your photos are safe and sound.