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Keeping That Pricey Smartphone & all it’s Pics Safe When you Travel.

Contributing Author November 1, 2021

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Snapping photos is an important part of a vacation for many people. No matter where you’re off to, it’s likely that you’ll want to take photographs of the things, people and places you see, and smartphones have made this almost ridiculously easy. Of course, though, what happens if you lose your phone or it gets damaged when you are away? Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to protect the photos you take when you are on vacation. This process can be easier than you might expect.

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Gina likes to stop for scenic overlooks but knows to keep her phone zipped up when she’s not snapping pics.


Protect Your Device

The single most important thing to consider when you approach this is the physical security of the smartphone that you’ll be using. Particularly with phones costing as much as they do now, You’ll want to make sure that you keep yours  safe when you travel, being aware that tourists are often the targets of crimes. There are loads of ways to keep smartphones safe, from using zippable pockets to downloading tracking apps for the device. Of course, you can’t always control what will happen when you are away, but you can make sure that you always have the right protection for the items that you care so much about.


Using Cloud Services

There are loads of cloud storage services on the market today. Both iOS and Android come with their own dedicated photo storage services, and these can be used for free (both charge for storage beyond a certain amount) to automatically upload the photos your take to the web. You’ll want a good internet connection for this, and most people will avoid relying on mobile data to ensure that they don’t have to spend a small fortune in the process. You need to make sure that your phone has this feature switched on, as many come with it off by default. Following this, you can learn how to download photos from iCloud so that you can enjoy them once you get home.

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We often poke fun at our photo editor’s tiny laptop but she uses it to keep our photos safe.

Using Other Digital Services

Some people don’t like the idea of having all of the phone’s images uploaded to the web. If this is the case for you, you can look at other digital services to help you. Sending photos via email can be a good way to keep them safe, though you will need to do this manually. Some people will also choose to connect their phone to their computer. This will enable you to store your files locally, but it won’t be as secure as putting them online. Of course, though, your hotel room is more secure than your pocket.


Working to make sure that your photography is kept safe when you are on vacation can be very hard. A lot of people struggle with this, finding disappointment when they lose the snaps that they have taken. Using more than one device can limit the chances of loss, though it can also make a loss a lot worse if you lose everything.

How do you protect your smartphone and pics when you travel? Let us know in the comments or @modhop on twitter and instagram.

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