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How to upload pictures online: How to upload pictures online: Would you like to create a private backup of your photos on the cloud but you don’t know which service, program or app to rely on? Are you looking for a service that allows you to upload images online and be able to easily share them on blogs, forums or websites? Maybe I can help you out.

Below, you will find a brief – but I hope exhaustive – review of software, apps and online services that allow you to upload photos to the Internet, store them and / or share them publicly in an extremely easy and fast way. They are all free (at least in their basic versions) but each of them has pros and cons that must be carefully evaluated.

So let’s find out which solution suits you best and see how to make the most of it: I bet you will be impressed by the amount of services available and their flexibility! Having said that, I have nothing else to do, except to wish you happy reading and have fun!

How to upload images to the Internet from a PC

As you will soon discover, there are some computer programs that allow you to upload images online, to be precise on a cloud space intended for data storage, in a very simple way: below I show you some of them.

Upload photos online from Windows

How to upload images to the Internet from a PC

If you use a computer with Windows, I recommend that you consider using OneDrive: if I have never heard of it, it is a software made available by Microsoft, integrated into Windows 10 is Windows 8.1 (and can be downloaded as an “external” program on different versions of the operating system, such as Windows 8 and Windows 7) which allows you to store your data, including photos, on the homonymous cloud space.

Basically, OneDrive makes available 5 GB of free online space, which can be expanded by purchasing additional packages: 50 GB for € 2 / month, 1 TB for the price of € 7 / month (for 1 user only) or € 10 / month (for 6 users). The latter two options, however, are tied to a subscription to Office 365. Furthermore, in order to use the service, it is mandatory to have a Microsoft account: if you do not have one, you can create one completely free of charge, following the instructions I have provided you with this guide.

As I mentioned earlier, if you have Windows 10 or Windows 8.1, the program is already included “as standard” in the operating system: to run it, all you have to do is open the Start menu (by clicking on the icon in the shape of pennant located in the lower left corner of the screen) and, after typing the word OneDrive in the appropriate text field, click on the first result returned.

On previous versions of the operating system, however, you have to download the client: therefore connected to Microsoft website, click on the button Download corresponding to the entry OneDrive and, once the download is complete, start the file obtained (e.g. OneDrive.exe). Now, click on the button Yup and wait for the files necessary for the program to work to be downloaded from the Internet: the operation should not take long. After the download is complete, the client should open automatically.

Now if you use Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 and you logged in to the system through Microsoft account, OneDrive should ask you whether to use the same account for archiving files; if, on the contrary, you have not associated the profile with the PC, enter yours Microsoft email address in the appropriate field, click on the button Log in and, when prompted, enter the password account.

How to upload images to the Internet from a PC

If everything went in the right direction, you should see the initial configuration screen of the program: by default, the OneDrive folder (the one from which you can view the files on the web, or send new ones) will be created inside the folder user; if you want to change this behavior, click on the item Change position and enter the path to store the files.

When you are done, click on the button Forward, select the system folders to sync with OneDrive (e.g. Images) and click on the button again Forward. At this point, click on the button Not now to continue using the basic version of the service, click Forward three consecutive times, in order to skip the initial tutorial and, to end the initial configuration phase of the service, press the buttons Later is Open my OneDrive folder.

From now on, you can easily transfer your favorite photos to the cloud, simply By “dragging” them into the OneDrive folder, which you can access through the appropriate item located in the sidebar of theFile Explorer Windows (the icon of the yellow folder located in the lower bar).

If you deem it appropriate, you can have OneDrive automatically upload to the cloud the photos and videos stored in the memory of the devices connected to the computer (cameras, phones, disks, USB sticks and so on): to be able to do so, locate the OneDrive icon on the Windows taskbar (the cloud placed near the clock), right-click on it and choose the item Settings from the menu that is proposed to you.

How to upload images to the Internet from a PC

Now, go to the card Backup and put the check mark next to the item Automatically save photos and videos to OneDrive every time I connect a camera, phone or other device to my PC; if you wish, you can do the same for screenshot (screenshot), intervening on the appropriate box. When you are done, click on the button OK, to apply the changes.

Photos (and, in general, all data stored on OneDrive) can be viewed from computers and devices connected to the same Microsoft account, as well as from the web. To learn more about the OneDrive talk, read the specific guide that I made on the Microsoft platform.

If, however, you believe that OneDrive is not for you, you can rely on one of the alternative services that I propose below, which are also well integrated with Windows.

  • Google backup and synchronization – this is the service made available by Google which, after appropriate configuration, allows you to send photos of your PC to Google Drive, automatically, with unlimited storage space. Requires a Google Account to work. More info here.
  • Dropbox – the well-known cloud storage service has a Windows-compatible program that, among other things, allows you to automatically upload images on your computer. In its free version, the service offers 2 GB of cloud space. More info here.
  • MEGA – born from the ashes of Mega Upload, it is a cloud storage service that offers 50 GB of free storage (which can be increased by purchasing a paid plan), together with a client for Windows through which to quickly upload the file. More info here.

Upload photos online from macOS

Upload photos online from macOS

Without a doubt, the easiest method for upload photos online from macOS provides for the use of ICloud Photo Library: for your information, iCloud is the Apple online storage service, which allows you to keep photos, documents and any other type of file in the cloud, synchronizing all the elements stored between the devices paired with it Apple ID (in order to use the service, it is mandatory to have one).

Basically, iCloud makes it available for free 5 GB of space that, if used for photo and video backups, can quickly become saturated (iCloud Photo Library, in fact, “affects” the available storage). If necessary, the space can be increased by purchasing one of the available subscriptions: additional 50 GB for € 0.99 / month, additional 200 GB for € 2.99 / month or additional 2 TB for € 9.99 / month. For more information on iCloud pricing, I invite you to read the specific guide that I dedicated to the topic.

Archiving Mac photos using iCloud Photos is extremely simple, as the service is integrated “standard” in macOS: to use it, click on gear wheel attached to the Dock bar, to access the System Preferences, then click on the icon Apple ID located in the box containing the Your name. If you have not yet logged in with your Apple ID, press the button instead Log in and log in using the fields displayed on the screen.

If everything went in the right direction, you should now display the summary screen of your Apple ID: click on the icon of iCloud visible on the left and, to activate the automatic upload of images, affix the check mark next to the icon Photo (right) and you’re done!

From this moment, all the images belonging to the program Photo macOS will be uploaded to the cloud and will be visible on all devices paired with the same Apple ID. For see what’s on iCloud and, if necessary, buy more space, click on the button Manage.

Upload photos online from macOS

If you want to store images stored in different folders on the Mac, you can instead rely on iCloud Drive: to activate it, go to the Apple ID management screen, as I indicated above, and affix the check mark next to the icon of iCloud Drive. Once this is done, you can transfer photos from Mac folders to the cloud space, simply by “dragging” them into the iCloud Drive folder, which you can access via the left sidebar of the Finder.

Remember that all data stored on iCloud can be viewed from all devices paired with the same Apple ID, from the client iCloud for Windows, and from Web platform of the service. If you want to know more, I refer you to reading my guide on how to store photos on iCloud.

If you believe that iCloud is not for you, you can consider using an alternative solution, such as the ones I propose below.

  • Google backup and synchronization – the Google service that I also told you about in the chapter dedicated to Windows. Its macOS client allows you to send photos and other data hosted on the Mac to the Google Drive cloud. Requires a Google Account to work. More info here.
  • OneDrive – Microsoft’s cloud storage solution, which I told you about earlier, is also available as a client for macOS.
  • MEGA – the cloud service born from a rib of MegaUpload allows you to automatically upload photos and other types of files, through a practical client for Mac. It provides 50 GB of free space, which can be expanded through different paid plans . More info here.
  • Box – it is a cloud storage service that provides the user with 10 GB of free space (with an upload limit of 250 MB) and a 100 GB paid plan, at a price of € 8 / month, which raises the upload limit to 5 GB. More info here.

How to upload photos to the Internet from smartphones and tablets

You need a system that allows you to upload, automatically, the images acquired by your camera smartphone or yours Tablet? In this case, the solutions that I will propose to you in the following paragraphs may be useful.

Android

How to upload photos to the Internet from smartphones and tablets

If you own a device powered by Android, you will be pleased that the app Google Photos, already available “standard” on the most recent versions of the operating system, allows you to automatically upload all the photos taken via the camera (but also present in other system folders), taking advantage of the space required by means of appropriate settings unlimited storage.

Keep in mind that, in order for everything to work properly, it is essential that at least one Gmail account is configured on the device in use (which, in fact, will contain the saved photos): if you have not already done so, you can remedy the thing by sticking to the instructions that I have given you in my guide on how to pair an Android phone with Google.

To configure the automatic backup of photos and videos, therefore, start the aforementioned app, confirm, if necessary, the Google account to be used for archiving, touch the button placed at the top left and tap on the item Settings resident in the menu that is proposed to you.

After that, touch the voice Backup and synchronization and move up ON the homonymous stalk; now, to prevent photos from consuming the available space on Google Drive, set the Backup mode up High quality, keeping in mind that, in doing so, the uploaded photos will have a maximum resolution of 16 MP (and the videos a maximum resolution of 1080p).

If you want to automatically backup other folders containing images, tap on the item Device folders backed up and move up ON the levers corresponding to the directories of your interest. Easy, right?

Once the automatic upload of the images has been configured on Google Photos, they will be visible on all versions of the app associated with the same Google account (including the one for iPhone / iPad), in the Google Backup & Sync program (which I told you about previously) is online. To learn more about Google Photos and how to use the app, I invite you to take a look at my in-depth analysis dedicated to operation of the service.

If you believe that Google Photos is not for you, you can evaluate the use of alternative solutions that provide for the automatic upload of the images in the Gallery, which could be Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox is Mega (the conditions and prices of the related services are the same already mentioned several times in this guide).

iOS / iPadOS

How to upload photos to the Internet from smartphones and tablets

If, on the other hand, you have a iPhone or a iPad, you can easily store your photos online using ICloud photo, the same service I told you about in Mac section of this guide.

To activate the automatic upload of the Camera Roll of iOS / iPadOS to iCloud, do so: touch the icon of thegear located on the home screen of the device, so as to access the Settings of the operating system, tap on Your name (located at the top) and touch the item iCloud located in the screen that opens later.

Now, tap on the voice Photo and move the lever ICloud photo up ON, to enable automatic uploading of images captured through the camera. In addition, by placing a check mark next to the item Optimize iPhone space, you can ensure that after the upload to iCloud, a less “heavy” version of the uploaded photos and videos is stored in the device memory, all automatically.

If you wish, you can also use the function Upload photos to my streaming which, unlike the iCloud Photo Library, does not affect the storage space available on iCloud Drive; this function, however, does not synchronize the videos and, more importantly, it only stores the photos of the last 30 days. For more information, I refer you to reading my guide on how to store photos on iCloud.

If the iCloud Photo Library is not for you, you can consider the idea of ​​uploading images to the Internet through a series of equally valid apps, such as the ones already mentioned Google Photos, Dropbox or OneDrive.

Sites for uploading images online

Sites for uploading images online

How do you say? The solutions I have indicated so far are not of interest to you because, in reality, you are looking for a service that allows you to upload images online to share quickly on the web? If things are this way, I invite you to consider a hosting platform completely dedicated to images, such as the ones I point out below.

  • Imgur – is a famous service focused on sharing entire photo galleries, made up of static images and / or animated GIFs. It requires no registration and has an upload limit of 20 MB for photos and 200 MB for animated GIF. But keep in mind that photos larger than 5 MB and GIFs heavier than 1 MB are automatically compressed, with potential loss of quality compared to the original formats.
  • Flickr – is a platform that allows you to store up to 1000 photos in the cloud completely free of charge (limitation that can be eliminated by making a paid subscription to Flickr Pro). The service, which can only be used after registration, supports photos in JPEG, GIF (non-animated) and PNG format. Each photo must have a maximum weight of 200 MB. Flickr is also available as an app for Android, iOS is iPadOS.
  • pasteboard – another platform dedicated to image sharing which, among other things, allows you to upload files from the memory of PC, smartphone and tablet, from the webcam / camera or from the notes of the operating system. It also includes a small editor that allows you to crop the image before uploading it online. The service is free and does not require registration to be used.