How to use Flickr as a photo backup service?

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Flickr is an image as well as video hosting website that allow users to share and upload photos & videos. Flickr offers a huge storage space of 1 TB to all its users for free. And that is the biggest add on advantage to have a Flickr account. Other services like Google drive, Dropbox etc. offer just a fraction of what Flickr is offering.

So, when we compare Flickr with these cloud storage services, we find that Flickr is a better Photo backup service. The 1TB space is enough to store half a million photos securely in the cloud. If you are not a photographer by profession, this is enough for your life time.

Below is a small comparison between Flick, DropBox and Google Drive

Flickr offers 1TB of storage space

Dropbox offers 2 GB of storage space

Google Drive offers 5 GB of storage space

So, you see the difference? Flickr offers 200 times more space than Dropbox and Google Drive. However, it has just one restriction and that is the size of individual photo. Unfortunately Flickr doesn't allow you to upload a photo which is larger than 200 MB.

It doesn't really affect normal users, however, if you are a professional photographer and usually shoot in RAW than the size restriction might be an issue for you. Otherwise, we do not see any other disadvantage of using Flickr as a Backup service.

Uploading Photos to Flickr:

Flickr offers browser based photo and video uploading, which works fine. But if you are willing to upload 100s and 1000s of photos, then it may stuck in between. To, get rid of this, you can use any other i.e. third party desktop application to upload photos in bulk.

Downloading Flickr Photos:

Flickr doesn't allow you to batch download photos to your desktop or any other location. So, to download flickr photos in bulk, you again have to take help from a Third party desktop tool / application.

Quick Tip to Keep your Photos Safe
Making backups of your photos & videos is a chore you probably skip, but it really doesn't have to be hard. Here's an effortless way to backup photos - PicBackMan. PicBackMan is the easiest and simplest way to keep your photos safely backed up in one or more online accounts. Simply download PicBackMan (it's free!), register your account, connect to your online store and tell PicBackMan where your photos are - PicBackMan does the rest, automatically. It bulk uploads all photos and keeps looking for new ones and uploads those too. You don't have to ever touch it.

253+ Reviews & Counting

Kip Roof testimonial Kip Roofgoogle photos flickr
PicBackMan does exactly what it's supposed to. It's quick and efficient. It runs unobtrusively in the background and has done an excellent job of uploading more than 300GB of photos to 2 different services. After having lost a lot of personal memories to a hard drive crash, it's nice to know that my photos are safe in 2 different places.
Julia Alyea Farella testimonialJulia Alyea Farella smugmug
LOVE this program! Works better than ANY other program out there that I have found to upload thousands of pictures WITH SUB-FOLDERS to SmugMug! Thank you so much for what you do! :) #happycustomer
Pausing Motion testimonialPausingMotionsmugmug
I pointed PicBackMan at a directory structure, and next time I looked - all the photos had uploaded! Pretty cool. I use SmugMug and while I really like it, the process of creating directories in is pretty laborious when you need to make 80+ at a time. This was a breeze. Thank you!
Gavin Whitham testimonialGavin Whithamflickr
PicBackMan was really easy to setup and has been running for 3 days now backing up all my locally saved photos to Flickr. My photos are really valuable to me so it's great to be able to have them easily backed up to a secure location.
 Jim Griffin testimonialJim Griffinsmugmug
It's AWESOME!! I have tens of thousands of pictures...and they are now successfully uploaded to SmugMug, where they are safely backed up, and I can edit and organize them. If you are hesitating about using PicBackMan, hesitate no longer...try it...and you'll be glad you did!!