Twice this summer I was traveling and received the dreaded message that my iPhone storage was full, halting all photography and video recording. One of the times, I was at an Aretha Franklin concert in the fourth row and there was a possibility I’d get to meet the her. I wasn’t going to let the opportunity to snap a photo with the Queen of Soul pass me, so I feverishly began deleting photos, videos, and even apps from my phone. The meeting never went down, but the experience proved to me that I needed to figure out another way of storing my images without paying Apple to increase my iCloud storage again.
Enter the Picture Keeper …
This USB backup drive secures photos, videos, and contacts on any smartphone, tablet, or computer. It easily plugs into a smartphone via the lightning port or included cable USB port. Once the drive is plugged in, you’ll be prompted to download the Picture Keeper Connect App for free via the App Store or Play Store. Once you’ve created an account, you’re all set to begin backing up your images and contacts or storing them on a new phone. The Picture Keeper also allows you to backup your files on a Mac or PC desktop.
If there were one criticism of the drive, it’s that I wasn’t able to select the photos I wanted to store on the it. The Picture Keeper simply backed up the most recent pics. Still, it has proven to be a godsend when I needed to free up memory on my mobile, and I can’t imagine embarking on another trip without it.
Picture Keeper is available in 16GB ($119), 32GB ($139.99), and 64GB ($179) here.