We all take lots of photos with our smartphones, so here is a selection of some of the best free places to share (and back up) photos.

  • Google Photos. Just having a Gmail account gives access to this service where you can share photos with family, friends, or teammates, create albums, and grant access to those who want to share photos.
  • Apple Photos. This sorts your photos, displays them in grid format for easier browsing, stores them to iCloud for ease of access from an iOS device or Mac, and automatically tags your photos based on location and content.
  • iCloud. This allows photos to be shared as email attachments in Photos on iCloud or using an iCloud Link. To share photos with others via attachments from iCloud email, select the photos, tap Share > Email (attachments larger than 20 MB are replaced with an iCloud Link). See https://www.icloud.com/.
  • Dropbox. This popular cloud-based file-sharing, backup solution allows the creation of shared folders and shared links can be sent by email, social media, or instant message. See https://www.dropbox.com/.
  • WeTransfer. This is a fast, free, free file-sharing platform that requires no registration that allows the user to share photos across all devices provided they are compatible with web-based apps. Users can also choose to pay for a premium plan for password protection, 1TB of storage, and an increased transfer limit (to 20 MB). See https://wetransfer.com/.
  • Flickr. This photo-sharing platform is user-friendly and has easy-to-use menus, and photo editing tools. Flickr also offers other features like auto-backups, an ad-free experience, unlimited storage, and photo stats. See https://www.flickr.com/.
  • AirDrop. This platform allows photos to be shared/sent between Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, or Mac). The service doesn’t require a special account and sharing is particularly easy if both the sender and recipient are on a Wi-Fi network, and both have AirDrop and Bluetooth enabled.
  • Instagram. Yes, it’s a social media app but if you often share photos, and your intended recipients already follow you, it’s a good free option. It also has photo editing options. See https://www.instagram.com/
  • Cluster. This free, private group photo sharing app can be accessed via a web browser or mobile app, users can make as many albums as they like, and can invite and connect with others. See https://cluster.co/

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