Many people use social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram to post their favourite images and videos online, but some prefer more privacy or aren’t fans of social media. Dedicated photo and video sharing services allow you to store and manage your media, as well as control who sees your photos and videos.
We looked at the finest photo and video sharing sites and chose our top ten based on simplicity of use, privacy features, storage, and other factors. Examine them all to see which one is best for you.
1. Best for Budding Photographers: Flickr
Flickr is most known for hosting images, but you can also upload, manage, save, and share videos there. Pro and amateur photographers adore Flickr’s editing and social functions, but even casual users looking for a handy place to save their photographs and videos will appreciate Flickr’s UI and features.
Upload your media, organise it into albums, and then add it to your family or friends’ lists to discreetly share your favourite photographs and videos. Flickr’s iOS and Android apps are as simple to use as the site itself.
2. Best Free Photo and Video Storage: Google Photos
Google Photographs, which began as a simple way to backup your phone’s photos and videos, has evolved into an exceptional media storage and sharing site. Upload, browse, and edit images and videos before creating albums to share publicly or privately with family and friends. While the resolution is limited (16MP for photographs and 1080p for films), you can always extend your storage via the Google One subscription plan, which starts at $1.99 per month.
3. Best for the Amazon Ecosystem: Amazon Photos
Amazon Photos is a new Prime benefit that provides members with unlimited high-resolution photo storage and 5GB of video storage. Build a Family Vault and invite up to five friends or family members to view and share images and videos, or create albums and share them individually with others. If you’re working with a group of people, such as a club or a classroom, Amazon Photographs’ Groups function allows you to share photos and videos with more people.
4. Best for the Apple Ecosystem: iCloud Photos
When you enable iCloud Images on your iOS device or Mac, your photos and videos are automatically uploaded to iCloud, where you have 5GB of storage space. Using a Photo Stream in the Photographs app or on a web page, you can easily organise your media, create albums, and share photos and videos. iCloud Photos is ideal for teamwork since it lets you create an album that other iCloud users can add to and share. If you need more than 5GB of storage, Apple offers multiple premium upgrades starting at 99 cents per month.
5. Best No-Frills Way to Share: Dropbox
Dropbox isn’t your typical photo and video sharing site, but it’s a simple and convenient way to store and share your media files with friends, family, or anyone else you want. Upload your photos and videos, then make slideshows or instantly share them with other Dropbox users. Dropbox’s free tier allows you 2GB of storage, but if you need more, there are other price options intended for different storage needs.
WeTransfer is an extremely simple and straightforward way to transfer files in an email-like manner, including images and videos. While it is not intended to be a media management site with editing tools, it excels at what it does. Send your images and movies in a folder to your recipients’ email addresses, and the contents will be sent quickly. WeTransfer’s free plan supports file sizes up to 2GB, while WeTransfer Pro ($12 monthly) adds password protection, the ability to send files up to 20MB in size, 1TB of storage, and more.
Photobucket’s free tier allows you to upload up to 250 photos or 2.5GB of video storage, as well as several sharing options, including a slideshow. The service’s subscription options (beginning at $5.99 per month) include ad-free browsing, unlimited image hosting, social sharing, password-protected album sharing, and much more. The photo upload size is 50MB, and the video upload size is 500MB.
SmugMug is a stylish website for hosting your images and videos, with limitless photo storage (150MB) and 1080p video storage. +While there is no free plan, the $7-per-month Basic plan and $11-per-month Power plan are both fairly affordable, considering you receive a website, full-screen galleries, and simple public, private, and social network sharing features.
Cluster is a gorgeous web and app experience that provides the feel of social media without the intrusions and loss of privacy. Create secret groups, invite members, and then share images, videos, notes, and updates with Cluster.
Make several albums and group photographs and videos into collections to make it easier to access your stuff. Cluster is completely free to download and use.
Sharing images and videos of your children on social media can be hard, with privacy concerns and fears about alienating friends who aren’t as concerned in your baby’s achievements. FamilyAlbum is an ideal way to safely and securely collect, store, and share important childhood memories.
This free programme is wonderfully designed and allows parents to easily keep a digital scrapbook of their children’s life, with images and videos automatically arranged by month and age. Avoid the social media pressures of “liking” and publishing by sharing albums and movies with anyone you want. The free edition is ad-free and feature-rich, while the $4.99 premium version adds more sharing options.