Flickr offers virtually unlimited online storage for free _ 1 terabyte, or as Yahoo puts it, about five photos a day for the next 60 years. For many people, that generosity has sat unused, so Yahoo released tools this month to automate image transfers.

With Flickr’s app for iPhones, iPads and Android devices, old and new images alike are automatically copied to your online account. Free up space by deleting the original files from your phone. You’ll still be able to edit and share images through Flickr’s app, and you can retrieve the originals from Flickr anytime.

Meanwhile, Flickr’s software for Mac and Windows computers will continually scan and upload images, including ones you add later.


Launched last month, iCloud Photo Library is Apple’s way of unifying your photo collection online. It works with Apple’s Photos app for organising and editing those images on Mac and mobile devices.

Apple keeps a full-resolution version online while downgrading what’s on your device when space is low. You get the original back when you need it. Otherwise, it’s not taking up as much space. All this is automatic, so you don’t need to mess with deleting originals and potentially deleting the wrong ones.

You’re limited to Apple devices _ iPhones, iPads and Macs _ and you’re charged for storage once you hit 5 gigabytes, or roughly 3,000 photos. It costs 99 cents a month for 20 gigabytes, though you might need more if your phone is already full.