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

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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.

How to download your Flickr photos and videos

Flickr on MacBook screen

With the recent changes to Flickr, users with free accounts are now limited to 1,000 photos or videos unless they opt for a paid plan. If you have more than the limited number of items and aren’t quite ready to shell out the cash for an unlimited plan, you may want to take your photos elsewhere.

If so, here’s how you can download your Flickr photos and videos.

SmugSmug on Flickr’s free photo sharing limit

Photo haring service Flickr, now owned by SmugSmug, caused a commotion when it recently announced that its 1TB accounts will be downgraded to up to a thousand photos and videos. The free 1TB tier used to support unlimited downloads, but not anymore as SmugSmug looks to monetize its Flickr acquisition by introducing new perks for Pro accounts.

The best ways to store your iPhone photos in the cloud

Save iPhone photos to best cloud storage options

Those high-quality snaps and videos you take on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad can pretty quickly eat up all of the available storage space on your device.

There are a number of techniques to increase your free storage, like deleting apps you no longer use, emptying system caches and so forth, but they all pale in comparison to the simplest of solutions—actually moving storage-hungry photos and videos off your device to safely store them in the cloud.

In this post, we'll tell you all you need to know about the most popular cloud storage solutions. We're going to detail backing up your media to each of them and discuss recommended strategies for freeing up as much storage space as possible without destroying your personal memories or changing your workflow much.

Flickr 4.0: auto-upload is back, revamped UI, new filters, Instagram sharing and more

Yahoo-owned Flickr has refreshed its iPhone application this morning with a number of significant changes, most notably redesigning the user interface for easier navigation and bringing back the auto-upload feature (originally added in 2013, but subsequently removed).

The app also brings out a brand new Camera Roll section which looks a lot like the iOS Camera Roll. Coupled with one terabyte of free storage for your photo and video uploads, the new Flickr 4.0 for iOS is a worthy alternative to Apple's stock Photos + iCloud Photo Library combo.

Apple overtakes Nikon for second place camera brand on Flickr in 2014

Flickr has released its list of camera brands that were used the most to capture photos on the photography website in 2014. The top five were: Canon at 13.4 percent, Apple at 9.6 percent, Nikon at 9.3 percent, Samsung at 5.6 percent, and Sony at 4.2 percent.

Apple overtook Nikon for the second place spot in 2014. The iPhone 5, 4S and 4 were the top three for both 2013 and 2014, with the Canon EOS 7D and the Nikon D7000 unchanged in 4th and fifth place respectively.

Flickr updated with iOS 8 Share Extension, native iPad interface with unified search and more

Yahoo's Flickr photography service this past weekend issued an update to its iOS app bringing, at last, native interface on iPads, a new Share Extension on iOS 8 so you can post photos to Flickr from any third-party application which support system-wide Share sheets, the ability to access and edit photo details in the mobile app, use unified search across your photos, albums, groups and Flickr photos and more.

Flickr 3.2 is available free in the App Store.

Flickr app updated with new sharing and tagging options

Yahoo's Flickr has updated its iOS client this morning, bringing the app to version 3.1. The update brings about a handful of useful additions, including new options for sharing, tagging and describing your photo albums.

As for the new sharing options, users can now send their albums to Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter, as well as Mail and SMS. They can also now add and edit both tags and descriptions for their photos from within the app...