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The Best Way to Share Photos Online [Top 5 Photo Storage Sites]

Written by Pravin Patil

No matter if you are a trained photographer or an amateur one. If you are a regular photo clicker, you must have planned to store your memories as a backup if something goes wrong. If not, you should give it a thought of storing them properly or else you will run at risk of losing all your precious pictures due to some unfortunate incidents such as crashing your hard drives or losing your smartphones. What if you lose your photos for some inevitable reasons and could not recover it, forever.

Best Way to Share Photos Online [Top 5 Photo Storage Services in 2017]

Photos are not just snaps; they are memories. Irreplaceable as you create them with passion and love. They are art pieces, snapshots of moments that will never happen again. A photo is a unique reflection of how you explore your world. You know that photos you capture should also be given the same protection as you give to the things in your life having monetary value.

You come across many functions like birthdays, parties, marriages in life where you need to take pictures, so storing this lump some amount of data is a crucial task and for that, you need a backup plan.

Cloud backup service is a legitimate option to back up your photos online

Cloud backup services offer you a huge amount of storage space equipped with editing tools. Moreover, an option of downloading pictures for offline storage comes handy.


The Best Way to Share Photos:


Top 5 Best Free Online Storage Sites on the Web

There are plenty sites out there which serve you with most possible ways to store your photos online. Among them, we will help you find out which one must be preferred.

We have tested 5 most popular photo-sharing and photo storage sites providing ease for storing images with flexibility and with a huge amount of storage space. To make things easy while shorting this list down, we have listed them based on following factors:


An ideal photo storage service must have…

– Storage Space
– Easy Accessibility.
– Easy Sharing.
– Auto-Syncing
– Privacy
– Quality must be maintained while uploading and downloading photos.


1. Google Photos (Google Drive)


Great for auto enhancement – Google Photos

Google Photos (formerly Picasa) is apparently one of the most useful photo resources you can use, essentially for its robust automated backups. And since almost everyone having a Google account, makes it super easy to set it up.

Google Photos are just a well-organized but super easy option to store your photos on Google Drive. Google drive is well-known across the world for storing purposes. It is a file storehouse and synchronization service by Google. It allows users to store data on the cloud, and share them socially.

Your files on Google Drive can be reached from any computer or smartphone connected to the internet. So it becomes a platform independent service and allows a user to get access from any corner of the world.

Google Photos can be synced on all the devices including Android, iOS, and Windows, altogether.



You can store your photos on Google photos with two different options named as “Original quality” and “High quality”. Original quality maintains the original size of pictures without any optimization and resolution of your photos and videos would be unchanged. On the contrary, at High quality option, a user can upload unlimited photos having a size less than 16 megapixels and videos up to 1080p resolution.



This service is inexpensive as it starts at a basic version of 15GB without any extra cost (free). For those who must upload photos in original size can go ahead and buy a premium subscription. Google Photos charges $299.99 per month for 30TB of storage space.the amount of storage with their respective prices is provided below:

Prices –  (US$)
– 15 GB Free for every user.
– 100 GB @ $1.99 per month ($19.99 per year with 16% discount)
– 1 TB @ $9.99 per month ($99.99 per year with 17% discount)
– 30 TB @ $299.99 per month

Also Read: How to Get Unlimited/Free Online Storage on Google Photos


Even this is less for you? You can have an extra storage which is offered on the purchase of specific Android mobiles phones from Motorola and HTC, and a few other devices from Kensington, Asus, and Panasonic.


Supported File Types:

Google drive allows innumerable types of extensions for your photos and videos.for example,for Image files you can have.JPEG, .PNG, .GIF, .TIFF, .BMP, .WEBP and for Video files you can have .WEBM, .MPEG4, .3GPP, .MOV, .AVI, .MPEG, .MPEGPS, .WMV, .FLV, .OGG.


Exclusive Features:

# Google photos have an excellent feature of the object and facial recognition, thus helping in editing photos on the go.

# Moreover, when you upload pictures to Google Drive, the service makes it easy to highlight your best photos and join them all together to create panoramas or GIFs, wherever possible.

# Google also creates automated albums for your holiday trips, birthdays, concerts, hangouts or any special. events.

# You can also find your photos faster using the search option.

# Delete local files from your device storage after a successful backup on the cloud so you can make some more space on your device.

Watch this video by Google Photos to get to know what else you can do with Google Photos.


– Inexpensive
– Sharing across multiple devices
– Free space about 15 GB

– Lacks backup scheduling
– Reduces original quality (during unlimited uploads)
– Not NSA friendly.


2. Flickr 

flickr-best-way-to- share-photos

Flickr: Great for large photo collections

Flickr is an image and video hosting web service created earlier in 2004 by Ludicrop and later acquired by Yahoo. This service is used to host images which are embedded in blogs and social media by photo researchers and bloggers.

A user can get access to his/her photos and videos from Flickr without even registering for an account, but an account should be created to upload your media files on the website.


Pretty Changes:

Flickr added the ease to upload and view HD photos and videos, and allowed users to upload standard resolution videos. Flickr started a partnership with Getty Images in which some of the users were allowed to submit photographs for stock photography and based on that they used to receive some payment.

It is well known for its photo management capabilities and sharing abilities. It provides user two main advantages

They get to socialize their collection of photos with the people who care about them.
They get to learn advanced ways of organizing photos and video.



Flickr provides three types of accounts.

1. Free – This includes 1TB of storage space only for 200MB per photo and 1GB per video with max to max length of 3 minutes.

2. Ad Free/Pro – This account allows users to avoid the advertisements which pop up in between for some annual fee.

3. Doublr – Doublr has twice the storage of first account i.e. free account. One drawback here exists is that Flickr may delete accounts of users without even giving any warning to the account’s owner in some exclusive scenario.


Accessibility and Compatibility:

Flickr is solely focused on storing only photos and videos to the cloud. People use it exclusively for backing up their photos online. It is an independent platform as it can be operated on windows, iOS, Mac Osx, and Android. It is preferred as it provides a space up to 1 TB, which is a huge amount but lacks in features of synchronizing them.


Exclusive Features:

It recently introduced more features like Camera Roll and Uploadr for a better architecture of photos. Camera Roll is an arrangement of your photos, just like present in the iOS Photos app.

Uploadr is a desktop tool for Mac and Windows that uploads photos from your hard drives. These above features are applied in beta version.

Here no support for GIFs and raw files and have some confusing features leading to burdensome experience but still in use as privacy settings can be easily configured.

– Supports most of OS
– Inexpensive
– Storage space up to 10 TB

– No file other than photos and videos
– Less privacy
– Nasty Design of uploader
– Lacks advanced features


3. Photobucket:


Photobucket: Great for editing

Photobucket comprises more than 100 million registered members who upload more than four million images and videos per day from their collection. Photobucket is an another image hosting and video hosting website popular in US and UK.



Photobucket has widely used photo storage service. Images posted on Photobucket are linked to online auctions, businesses, and classified advertisement websites like eBay. Photobucket acts as a marketplace where a user can even sell his/her albums and photo books and even devices (tablets) used to take those photos.



Photobucket provides two accounts which are free and subscription based (Plus) accounts.

1. Free account – The users are able to receive 2 GB of storage for both photos and videos, 10 GB of bandwidths per month for sharing and linking, and unlimited access to Photobucket’s editing, story, and slide show features.

2. “Plus” account – This option structured in such a way that it has an advertisement free experience and enough space according to the money you pay which is listed below (with unlimited bandwidth).

Plus account subscription pricing:
– 2 GB – Free
– 20 GB – $2.99/month, $29.99/year
– 100 GB – $8.99/month, $89.99/year
– 500 GB – $39.99/month, $399.99/year

The free version offers 2 GB space which we think is enough for storing thousands of photos. However, you can get 100 GB for $8.99 a month, so you can go with any plan as per your requirements.


Photobucket Stories:

The availability of “Photobucket Stories” which gives users a new way to combine photos, videos into single complete, sharable narratives. These created stories then allow users to collaborate on living stories by inviting friends and to post their pictures and video to that same single, sharable narrative.

Once these are completed, they are easily embeddable on blogs and can be shared among across Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks. Photo editing is very easily done here with ample of options.


Exclusive Feature: 


Print your photos using Photobucket service.

Print Your Photos: Besides backing up and sharing photos online, one can also order prints of your own content on the site itself. It comes handy when you have a large collection and need to take prints of a bunch of photos at once. Moreover, Photobucket offers various deals to attract their users.

Users can get up to 80% off on all personalized wall art at the Photobucket Print Shop

– Huge storage space
– Supports gif type
– Marketplace

– Strenuous for the new user


4. SmugMug:


SmugMug – Great for professionals

SmugMug is a design-focused site that allows various stylizing procedures and designed templates while editing photos. It provides options similar to other services except it is a paid photo-sharing website, allows a user to store your HD photos and videos via paid subscriptions.


For Professionals:

SmugMug is mostly used by professional and semi-pro photographers, as they need a very large amount of space to store their collections.

It makes the user look good and help him/her improve the albums. It doesn’t matter whether you are amateur or professional, whether you are able to customize your photos or not, it is a user-friendly option as long as you use it.



SmugMug does not have a free version (though they have two weeks free trial). But, you get unlimited storage space for your photos and videos (1080p) if you buy the paid version at just $5.99 per month or $39.99 per year, the cheapest among the available services.


Build Your Community:

You can share your photos and albums with a community you are familiar with. It allows a user to invite friends and family members to get engaged with photos and videos via emails or on any other social network available. SmugMug members can also sell their work, by letting window shoppers feel welcomed in your event galleries. In short, this service will be very useful to professionals.

– Design-focused site
– Good for professionals

– No free service (14 days free trial)
– No customization


5. CrashPlan:


CrashPlan: Great for automated backup of your files

CrashPlan backup service is marketed and developed by Code42. It’s one of the favorite online photo storage services in the market today. You can enjoy free backup to an external drive and any trusted, internet-connected computer. It backs up data on users internal or external hard drives. It is available on various platforms like  Mac, Windows, and Linux.

The file you’re working on at this very moment is the one most in need of backup, so CrashPlan backs up your most recent files first, then creates a full backup at one destination as soon as possible.


There are two versions od CrashPlan
1. Freemium model – In which daily local backups are free.
2. Code42’s cloud service – which requires a paid subscription ($4.99 per month) known as CrashPlan for Home.

There are also CrashPlan and CrashPlan Pro for accessing data from iOS, Android, and Windows devices.


No Sharing:

CrashPlan is a well deserved backup service, but it is not capable of archiving or sharing the files. It is not made for easy sharing, but it is perfect for restoring everything present on your computer

Crashplan provides you with unlimited space for just $4.99 per month, and a free account will let you backup your files to your PC. CrashPlan acts as a silent computer backup partner protecting your files.


Exclusive Feature:

Deleted File Protection: The CrashPlan Central cloud is a peace of mind. It keeps your deleted files forever (unless you tell them not to), so no matter how much time moves after you scrap a file, you can mine it out. And while this means a substantial endowment of resources on our part, if it helps defeat anxiety over unintentionally trashing your data, it’s well worth it.

Pros :
– Unlimited storage space
– Automatic backs up data
– Excellent data security

Cons :
– No sharing of files

Your turn: What we missed? Anything in your mind to add it up here?  Let others know if there are other free/paid best ways to share photos online. Come on the board, comment below and share your own thoughts and experience about this topic.

Quick Rewind

1. Google Photos – Great for auto enhancement (Free/Paid)

2. Flickr: Great for large photo collections (Free/Paid) 

3. Photobucket: Great for editing (Free/Paid)

4. SmugMug – Great for professionals (Trial/Paid)

5. CrashPlan: Great for automated backup of your files (Trial/Paid)



About the author

Pravin Patil

Pravin is the Author and Founder of An engineer by chance and a blogger by choice. Alongside writing for the web, he keeps interest in music, table tennis, reading and of course, twitter (@Gizpad).


  • Flickr doesn’t provide tools like Picasa uploader and it is really a pain while uploading and organizing photo albums. It makes me not prefer it.. 🙁

    • I agree with you. Even though there are a few third party apps for it, they lack user-friendly interface. We will soon be writing an article on the same. Stay tuned 🙂

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