With iPhones and iPads always by our sides, it’s easy to snap a photo and be done with it; sometimes a little too easy. Before you know it, you have ended up with hundreds of photos that you’re not even sure you want anymore. Now what?
I have a few tips that can help prevent this from happening to you in the future. Below are some methods that I have taught myself, which have made a significant difference in not only my organization technique, but especially my state of mind.
Upload everything to Dropbox
Yes, everything. Sign up for a free Dropbox account here, which entitles you to 5 GB of storage. That should be enough, at least in regards to photos. Videos are up to you, which is why I suggest backing them up elsewhere.
Once you're signed up for Dropbox, download the app to your iOS device and check the option that automatically backs up your photos. This will upload each and every photo (past and present) that is taken on your iOS device.
After the initial backup process is complete, refer to my next tip below.
Delete everything that doesn’t matter
Now that your photos are safely stored on Dropbox, this means that you can open the Photos app on your iOS device and delete everything that doesn’t matter. Do what I did and don’t even think twice. Delete, delete, delete.
Obviously you will want to keep some photos stored locally, but this is completely up to you. For example, my iPhone 6s, iPad mini and iPad Pro only hold professional photos that I have taken the time to edit. The same goes for my MacBook Pro.
Less clutter is good, as is knowing your photos are backed up securely.
Organize your photos into albums
Now that your photo library is consolidated, you’ll want to start thinking about how you are going to keep them organized. Personally, I prefer to keep all photos grouped together by album. One album is exclusively used for black and white photography, while another is only for nature — with plenty more in the mix.
If this is all new to you, creating albums is very easy. From the Albums view in the Photos app, tap the plus icon in the top-left corner. Name your album and tap ‘Save’. iOS will then ask you to select whichever photos you want to add to the new album. Choose your photos and boom, you’re set!
Turn on iCloud Photo Library
Once your photos are organized into albums, I recommend turning on iCloud Photo Library. This can be found in the default Settings app.
iCloud Photo Library keeps your photos and albums synced across all your iOS and OS X devices. This feature is extremely handy and can help significantly when trying to keep your media organized at all times. Update an album on your iPhone and it will be updated on your iMac, and vice versa.
To me, iCloud Photo Library is a godsend. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Did you miss something? Feel free to ask any questions that you may have in the comments. Happy organizing!