Awhile back I started to become interested in organizing my photo collection. Upon starting, the first and largest problem I encountered was how spread out my photo collection was. There were photos on Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Photo Stream, my phone’s camera roll, my Mac and more. Simply bringing them all together in one place would in and of itself be a herculean task, let alone making sure my collections stayed in sync. What happens if I take a picture on my iPad (yes, I do this) and forget to upload it to whatever service I am using for the backup? Then my collection is yet again out of sync. Up to this point I had been using a mismatch of services. My camera roll was backed up to Dropbox and Photostream. Google Drive and Droplr both hosted a variety of pictures (some dupes, some exclusive). Facebook, Flickr and Instagram pictures were simply not backed up at all.
I started looking around at the multiple options available to me. Cloud storage in general seemed like a possible idea (think Dropbox, Drive, Droplr etc.) but that failed to alleviate the problem of keeping my collection in sync. While still falling prey to the same problem I just mentioned, I did find Loom to be a wonderful service. It had a beautifully designed and functional iOS app but I found the pricing for additional storage to be a bit expensive as well as the app only backed up my camera roll. I eventually stumbled upon Everpix and decided to give it a try. I am pleased to report that Everpix was exactly what I was looking for.
So what exactly does Everpix do? It backs up your photos! Most importantly, it backs up not only your camera roll (with the exception of screenshots for some odd reason), but also your photos from multiple online services. As it stands, Everpix currently backs up photos from Facebook, Path, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, Picasa and Gmail. If you install the Mac app, you can also backup your photo stream, iMessage photos and iPhoto library. So for most people, your preferred photo service(s) of choice will likely be included. It also is available on Android and Windows so it is a truly cross platform solution. With photos coming in from all these different places, Everpix supposedly has an algorithm that will detect duplicates and not show them to you. In reality, this has been spotty in my use. Some photos I see dupes of, and others I never do, so I am not sure how the algorithm actually determines what it thinks is a duplicate or not. An “Explore” feature is also available which supposedly groups photos into people, food, places and more. This has never worked for me so I cannot comment on it. One unique feature I love are the flashbacks. If a photo (or photos) in your collection was taken on the current day, you will receive an email from Everpix letting you see what pictures you took in the past for the current day. It really brings back some memories on some days and is a nice little addition for those who like remembering the past.
While the UI for both the website and mobile apps are not the best, I find Everpix to be a perfect backup for my photos for two reasons: price and storage. For $5 a month, you can upload an unlimited number of photos to Everpix. This is hands down the best bargain on the market and was what really drove me to make this my final choice. Everpix also has a free service which backs up all your photos from the past year (for those interested in trying before buying).