Flickr has revamped their website and smartphone app and is now offering 1TB of free photo storage for every user. That’s 1,000 GB! You could fit 1 million photos into that much space and still have room to spare.
You need to have a Yahoo account to sign up, but they’re free and easy enough to create if you don’t have one.
You can upload through the web, but I suggest downloading the Flickr Uploadr
At this point, if you don’t have a Yahoo! ID, you need to create one.
It took me about 1 minute to create my yahoo account and sign in to the Flickr service.
Once I logged in, I was greeted with a status screen letting me know how much of my free 1 Terabyte of storage I had remaining. In this case, I haven’t uploaded anything yet so I have the full amount.
Flickr gives you some default locations where you may or may not have photos so you can just check them off. I keep all my files on a drive on my network, so I won’t be using any of these defaults, but most people will check off the Pictures folder and possibly some or all of the others.
If you keep photos somewhere else or want to include other locations in addition to the defaults, click the + sign at the bottom left and navigate to the folder you’d like to add.
At this point, the Flickr Uploadr app will scan the folders and subfolders to make a list of all your files prior to uploading. In my case, it was over 250,000 photos so it took several hours before the uploading actually started.
Now I can sit back and wait while my photos and videos are backed up online for free.
If you are a Google user, you can check out my post on how to automatically use Gmail to backup your photos taken from a smartphone.