How to share photos on Android (and our favorite apps to use)

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Great photo-sharing apps for Android

Dropbox

One of the simplest ways of backing up and sharing your photos is to use Dropbox. You can get 2GB for free when you set up an account and you can earn more through referrals, or you can buy more space. A number of Android device manufacturers also signed deals with Dropbox to snag you extra storage space. The Android app is free and very easy to use.

You’ll need to install the Android app to start. You can then create folders and choose exactly who you want to share them with. You can also enable automatic upload of photos and videos, so that whenever you take a new photo (or record a video) on your smartphone or tablet, it will automatically upload to your Dropbox account on the Internet. You can enable this via Settings in the Dropbox app, but we’d advise setting Upload using to Wi-Fi only to avoid using a lot of your data allowance. You can access Dropbox on any device through your browser, and you can install the desktop computer client and have your photos automatically shared with your desktop.

By default the app is going to send your photos and videos to a folder called Camera Uploads. You can click on the folder in the Dropbox app, or right click the folder on your computer or laptop, to share it with other people.

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Facebook

Sharing photos on Facebook is really easy. Launch the Facebook app, tap Photo, and select a photo or multiple photos from your gallery to share. You can then organize them into albums, tag people in them, and add captions if you want. There’s no limit on how many photos you can share via Facebook, but by default your photos will be uploaded in “standard quality.” If you want to upload a shot in better quality, tap the three horizontal lines in the top right of the app and scroll down to App Settings. Afterward, toggle on Upload photos in HD.

It used to be possible to automatically sync your photos with the official Facebook app for Android, but this is no longer the case. You can still access photos that you’ve previously synced, however, by going to the Photos tab on your Facebook profile and choosing Synced from Phone.

There’s also a separate Facebook app called Moments, which is designed to help you share photos for group events privately. If you and your friends all go to the same party, for example, then all the photos taken there will be grouped based on who is in them and where they were taken. You can then choose exactly who has access to sync photos with the group.

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Instagram

Instagram may seem like the perfect solution — after all, you can upload as many photos as you want and you only share them with users you’ve approved to follow you. It also ties into social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, allowing for a seamless sharing experience. Instagram was recently acquired by Facebook, so you can tie your accounts together and have photos post on both networks simultaneously if you want them to. The app also has a host of built-in filters and editing tools for enhancing your photos, which is one of its main attractions alongside its lively community. It even functions like a social network in its own right, with both profiles and user groups.

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Flickr

Here’s another freemium app that lets you upload photos, publish videos, and choose your audience for each. The official, Yahoo-owned mobile app provides filters for editing photos, along with a busy community that includes various groups for specific interests. You can also choose which content you’d like to keep private and what you’d like to share, and you’ll find the usual integration for social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. If you want to automatically upload your photos and videos using the service, then launch the app, go to Settings > Auto Sync, and turn on the feature.

You can get 1TB of free storage, too, which is enough to hold 500,000 photos or so. The catch is that you’re going to have to put up with adverts, unless you’re willing to shell out $50 a year. You can also access Flickr on your PC or iOS device.

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More photo-sharing apps on Android

There are a lot of apps out there that allow you to edit and share your photos. Shoot is a BitTorrent app that allows you to share large video files or groups of photos quickly, privately, and easily. You could check out Path for limited group sharing. FotoSwipe offers an easy way to share individual photos with another Android or iOS device by swiping them across. Muzy is great for creating collages and it offers unlimited uploads and storage for free.

There are many, many others, but we would advise caution, because many apps start off as free services, but they have to monetize somewhere down the line. If you’re heavily invested in a service, it can be a real wrench to leave. You should also be careful to always read the terms and conditions and consider the privacy policy before signing up.

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