Amazon Photo Apps: Prime members get unlimited, full-resolution photo storage, plus 5 GB video storage. All other customers get 5 GB photo and video storage. The Amazon Photos app is available on iOS, Android, and Google Play, and available on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. Amazon Photo Apps: Prime members get unlimited, full-resolution photo storage, plus 5 GB video storage. All other customers get 5 GB photo and video storage. The Amazon Photos app is available on iOS, Android, and Google Play, and available on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.
Prime has been a big hit for Amazon.
The membership service -- which gives users access to free two-day shipping, music, movies and other perks -- has over 100 million subscribers. On Thursday, the tech giant announced it's hiking the annual price of Prime to $119 from $99.
Although the service launched in 2005, Amazon(AMZN) didn't aggressively start stepping up its offerings until years later.
Here are some of the major features Amazon has added over the years.
February 2005: Amazon Prime is born. Members pay $79 per year for free two-day shipping in the US on eligible purchases.
February 2011: Prime members are given access to over 5,000 movies and TV shows without ads for free.
March 2014: The annual Prime membership fee is raised to $99 from $79.
April 2014: Amazon announces Prime Pantry. Members can order non-perishable items, such as dish soap and paper towels, in one box for a flat fee of $5.99. The price is now $7.99.
June 2014: Prime Music is announced. Members have free access to commercial-free streaming of over two million songs and more than 1,000 playlists and stations.
September 2014: Amazon Studios' comedy series Transparent debuts. In 2015, the show won two Golden Globe awards -- the first major award for Amazon Studios.
November 2014: Amazon adds Prime Photos, which gives members free unlimited photo storage on the Prime Photos app.
December 2014: Prime Now launches in New York City with free two-hour delivery and one-hour delivery for $7.99. The service has since expanded to 32 metro areas, including Atlanta, Houston and Chicago.
Amazon Prime Video
May 2015: Prime members can now get free same-day and one-day delivery on qualifying orders over $35. As of 2018, the service is available in over 8,000 cities and towns.
July 2015: Amazon Prime Day was created to celebrate the company's 20th anniversary. The online shopping event featured deals only for Prime Members and drew comparisons to Black Friday.
July 2016: The company hosts a second Prime Day. Subscriber orders jumped more than 60% globally compared to the first Prime Day.
October 2016: Amazon introduces Prime Reading, which offers unlimited access to a rotating selection of over 1,000 books, Audible narrations and magazines.
December 2016: Amazon adds a Prime membership option for $10.99 per month for those who don't want to commit to a full year.
January 2017: Amazon partners with Chase on the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card. It's only available to Prime members, and gets cardholders 5% back on all Amazon.com purchases.
June 2017: Amazon launches Prime Wardrobe, which lets Prime members try on clothing and accessories before buying them.
July 2017: The tech giant reports record sales for its third annual Prime Day, topping its numbers for previous Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping periods.
October 2017: The company unveils Amazon Key, a service for Prime members that lets delivery drivers into homes to drop off packages. Users have to buy a kit ($249.99) with an Amazon security camera and a compatible smart lock.
January 2018: Amazon announces the monthly fee for a Prime subscription is increasing to $12.99 from $10.99.
February 2018: Prime members in select cities can get free two-hour delivery from Whole Foods, which the company acquired in 2017.
April 2018: Amazon launches a new service in 37 US cities that delivers packages to the trunks of cars for free if you're a Prime member.
Amazon also raises the Prime membership fee to $119 from $99 per year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
Amazon Prime Picture Frames
Are pics in Amazon Photos full resolution?
My fire plex. 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.