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7 simple ways to safely back up your iPhone photos and videos

Child taking a picture of flower using iPhone

I have a friend who nearly lost all of his photos of his daughter. He had his iPhone for just about two years and he took tons of pictures of her. She wasn't even two years old yet, so basically, her whole life was on his iPhone. One day, his phone crashed, and he couldn't figure out what happened to it. His pictures were lost.

He was eventually able to recover his photos, but not without hours of work and days of anxiety. When I asked him why he didn't just back his photos up, he had no good response. Always back up your precious photos. Seriously. Always back up your photos!

Here are a few different ways to back up your photos and videos so you'll never have to face the dreaded lost memories again.

Dropbox natively supports M1 Macs with latest beta

With its latest beta, Dropbox is finally bringing support for Apple's M1 processor. What was one of the more oft-requested features turned out to be a bit of a double-edged sword for the service. That's because, before the end of 2021, it sure sounded like Dropbox had no intention of actually supporting Apple silicon at all.

Dropbox doesn’t appear to have plans to natively support Apple silicon Macs [Updated]

Apple is still in the process of transitioning away from Intel-made processors. It made another huge leap in the right direction with the launch of the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. And while that process continues, third-party companies that build apps for Macs need to figure out whether or not they support that effort on their own. Dropbox, apparently, has made a decision.

How to use Google Drive, Dropbox, etc., in Files app on iPhone and iPad

How to use Google Drive, Dropbox, etc, in Files app on iPhone and iPad

Apple introduced the Files app in iOS 11, and it has stayed on all subsequent versions, including iOS 15. The Files app is the built-in iPhone file manager to store documents, videos, projects, and just about anything. By default, it lets you save and access files in iCloud Drive and locally On My iPhone.

But you can also easily enable third-party apps and services like Google Drive, Dropbox, One Drive, Box, and more inside the iPhone or iPad Files app. Once that's done, it becomes easy to move data among different locations. Let us show you how to do this.

How to make Dropbox open folders in Finder

I'm a longtime Dropbox user. They were one of the first companies to offer seamless cloud storage and file sharing, and I have yet to see another service come along and offer something good enough (and free enough) to make me switch. That being said, I hate their native Mac app and use this little tip to avoid using it.

If you hate the desktop version of the Dropbox app as much as I do, here's how to make Dropbox open folders in Finder.

You can now edit text files right from Dropbox app

Cloud storage provider Dropbox today updated its app on App Store with the ability to edit text files right from the mobile app. Now when you browse the files in your Dropbox, simply view any text file then tap a new Edit icon to enter the app's new built-in text editor.

When done editing, tap Save to save the changes directly to the text file in your Dropbox. No more emailing the file back and forth. The bast part is, no longer do you need to use a third-party editor just to make a few quick changes to a text file saved in your Dropbox.

Aside from the built-in text editor, Dropbox for iOS version 54.2 has gained a new auto-capture function. When scanning documents, simply focus on the document and this feature will take a picture automatically.

Dropbox for iOS is a free download via App Store.

How to save space on your iPhone by flushing Dropbox caches

Low on storage, you say? If you're a heavy Dropbox user who's running out of storage space on their device, clearing the app's cache should be first order of business. The mobile app keeps a cache of files for efficiency and emergency purposes, aside from doubling as a staging area for downloading and uploading.

Flushing the cache should help free up some storage space on your iOS device.

Doing so is likely to cause files to load longer, but none of the offline items will be affected. If you'd like to free up some storage space on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, follow the steps outlined in this tutorial to clear the Dropbox cache with just a few taps.