Question Cloud Storage for Photos for Novice User

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I'm looking for a cloud storage solution for photos that can integrate seamlessly with the "Gallery" app on a Samsung Android phone. The user is a novice and is used to Gallery and would have difficulty switching apps. Her phone storage is full and I need to archive her photos to cloud storage but want to give her full access to them, organized into albums as they are now on her phone storage so that they are organized exactly the same as on her phone. Any suggestions would be welcome.
 

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I'm looking for a cloud storage solution for photos that can integrate seamlessly with the "Gallery" app on a Samsung Android phone. The user is a novice and is used to Gallery and would have difficulty switching apps. Her phone storage is full and I need to archive her photos to cloud storage but want to give her full access to them, organized into albums as they are now on her phone storage so that they are organized exactly the same as on her phone. Any suggestions would be welcome.
Which Samsung device are you using?
 
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Something to keep in mind with your efforts to set up an automatic backup service for your friend's photo library does involve two different things -- her use of a photo manager app to view her photo library, and your need to set up an automated backup service, that runs in the background while in coordination with that app.
Unfortunately the Gallery app that's preinstalled as a default Android app does not include an automated backup service of its own into Google's Photo app or some online storage service. The Gallery app is just a photo manager, it's only able to display graphical media.
The Google Photos app does however have both features -- it's a photo manager and includes an auto-back up service. So it might work out better if you can convince your friend to stop using the Gallery app and just use the Google Photos app. That saves some set up and management from your perspective, and she still gets visual access to her photos and such, and there's only one app involved.
Or if she would prefer to keep using the Gallery app, you could configure the Google Photos app to just make automatically backups her photo library, running in the background so she doesn't need to be involved. With the Google Photos app the default backup will be her online Google account. That also allows her the ability to access her complete photo library both while on her phone or using a web browser on a desktop/laptop by going to:
If you'd prefer not having Google such complete access to someone's photo library, as others have mentioned there are other very viable online storage services to consider. Microsoft's OneDrive or Samsung's Cloud have solid developmental support and good reputations. But this is also requires two apps, and photo manager and a backup utility. So consider your options and what will work out best for her situation.

And just to clarify, it's going to be long search to find a reputable photo manager app that has it's own, also reputable, backup utility. There are lot of photo managers and a lot of backup utilities, but not a lot with both in the same app. Don't just pick any of them that might be available, there are countless opportunists out there taking advantage of hapless consumers doing something like making their data openly available. Always do at least some research.
Also, the Galley app is just a display-only app, with some basic image-manipulation tools. It's not a file manager app. Those folders and albums she's created are a Gallery app-only feature. In reality, her actual photo files reside only in specific, designated folders. So while her Gallery app may show an album with 20 of her photos, that's just a Gallery-related display. The actual photo files may be in a DCIM (Digital Camera IMages) folder or 10 in the DCIM and 10 in the Downloads (the default location for web browsers, text messengers, etc.) folders. The Gallery app doesn't have the ability to change the locations of the actual photo images, it's simply showing what folders and albums the user has created as a way to keep things organized as they view them.
This brings up a significant point about Google Photos -- be very cognizant about which options you select in the apps's Settings menu. So yes, you could chose to clear up storage space on her phone by moving photos into her online Google account. Just think ahead though -- this also means those 'moved' photos only get accessed while using the Google Photos app, The Gallery app, now that phoos are no longer on her phone, isn'linked to her online Google account. You can opt out of this easily enough, but then you still need to address the problem of low storage space.
 
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