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Definition: Amazon’s service for cloud storage of photos and videos What is Amazon Photos?

Providers on the subject of storing photos online can have many advantages when it comes to management. Amazon Photos gives users the ability to store an almost unlimited amount of photos and videos online. The cloud storage service is aimed at home users, and the free version allows up to 5 GB of storage for photos and videos. Amazon Photos is a cloud storage service for photos and videos. (Image: public domain © Gerd Altmann / Pixabay) Amazon Photos is a cloud storage service for photos and videos. The goal of the platform is to make images available on all devices, as long as there is an internet connection. Some more advanced features, such as family albums, differentiate Amazon Photos from pure data archives. The use of the platform is intended by Amazon exclusively for personal purposes; commercial users are thus left out or turn to comparable all-purpose services like Amazon Drive.  

Amazon Photos for private users

Basically, Amazon Photos is available for all private users. In the free edition, features such as uploading and downloading as well as editing and viewing photos and videos are possible there. However, the storage space in this case is limited to 5 GB, which is shared between photos and videos. The prerequisite for use is an ordinary user account at Amazon. Access is basically possible from all device types. Explicitly, Amazon supports its own Amazon Photos desktop app as well as the respective Android and iOS apps. In addition, the company delivers another app for all devices of the in-house Fire devices, for example tablets. Another supported in-house device is Fire TV for streaming photos and videos to TVs or comparable devices. Echo Show, a device primarily for controlling smart home functions, is also compatible with Amazon Photos for viewing pictures and videos on its display. Additionally, Amazon Photos is accessible via any compatible browser. This means that Amazon Photos can be accessed via Windows as well as macOS or all Linux distributions that can handle a browser. Incompatibilities are thus limited to a few Linux operating systems that only work via command line and do not provide a graphical user interface. If videos are backed up on other cloud storage services, Amazon Photos can transfer them automatically. For example, installing the Photos app on an iPhone connected to iCloud is sufficient to transfer the data from iCloud to the Amazon servers without manual input. This eliminates the need for time-consuming double backups.

Amazon Photos for paying members

The company ties some of the service’s features to an Amazon Prime membership, which incurs monthly costs. Among other things, this unlocks the following features.

  • The limit on storage space for photos is lifted, and account holders can store unlimited amounts of data with the service. These photos are not scaled, so they are permanently stored in full resolution on Amazon’s servers. However, this does not apply to videos: Their limit is still 5 GB.
  • A search and filter function is turned on. Photos are automatically organized by the software according to people, places or included items. Amazon Prime members who then enter the name of these places or people will automatically see only the photos that match the filters entered. Images can be sorted using a few preset filters.
  • Amazon calls a function Memories, with which the software automatically compiles pictures from the past into a bundle. These are then suggested to the viewer on suitable dates, for example after a year, and displayed as a slide show if desired.

If these functions are not necessary, the free version of Amazon Photos is sufficient. Storage packages to expand the basic 5 GB are offered by the group directly on its own website.

Family albums

Amazon Prime members get the option to invite up to five other people into a group. In this new family album, all members can upload photos that are automatically sorted – for example, based on the people included. The idea behind the family album is to slowly build up extensive photo albums over a long period of time. Even family members who don’t see each other every day can stay informed about each other’s daily activities. Each member invited in this way gets their own account from Amazon, which also has unlimited photo storage space and the familiar 5 GB limit for videos. Invited members thus do not have to share everything with other people, but can also set up private sections for themselves. The only requirement is one person within the family who has their own full Amazon Prime subscription.

Supported data types

Uploads are limited to typical photo and video formats. These include JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF or various RAW data types from high-quality smartphones and cameras, as well as MP4, WMV, MTS, HEVC and other data types for videos. Uploading data types that are not used for photos or videos is not possible in Amazon Photos. For that, the company recommends using Amazon Drive.

Storage expansion with Amazon Photos

The company offers several options to subsequently increase the limited storage space. Those who are not Amazon Prime customers can purchase between 100 GB and 30 TB of additional storage space. The prices for the cheapest offer of 100 GB are 19.99 euros per year. The most expensive variant in the form of 30 TB costs 2,999 Euros per year. With this, Amazon is no longer targeting private, occasional users, but professional users and/or companies. All storage options from 3 TB can only be paid for annually and no longer monthly. Those who have already signed up for an Amazon Prime membership can still consider these storage expansions for video storage. For example, it costs a manageable 199 euros per year to unlock a total of 2 TB of storage, which Amazon says is enough for 280 hours of videos in 1080p quality.

Is Amazon Photos secure?

Privacy issues can always arise when backing up data to cloud storage. The most famous such accident happened in 2014, when private photos of numerous celebrities were removed from Apple’s iCloud cloud storage service and made public. While this was not due to a security issue with the platform, the event underscores the potential danger of hosting photos on third-party platforms. If sufficient security precautions are taken privately, the real danger should be very small – but it does exist. Whether or not private photos belong on external platforms should therefore be decided by each user before using the services. Public, private, hybrid & co.: definitions around cloud computing All the relevant buzzwords from the field of cloud computing can also be found well explained in our definitions. In keeping with the spirit of a small, but fine glossary, you can read easy-to-understand explanations of the most important terms here. As a service to you, we have also linked the terms explained here in our articles directly to the associated dictionary entries. This allows you to look up the most important terms directly where they appear in the text. Special: Definitions around cloud computing (ID:48568247) Google Photos To Amazon Photos.

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