The cameras on modern smartphones are powerful and designed to take images of incredible quality surpassing even many budget digital cameras today. More and more people are using their smartphones as a way to not only take but also to organize their vast library of pictures of some of the most important moments of their lives. Managing these photos can seem overwhelming if you are unfamiliar with the apps available to do it. Luckily, Android has included several ways for you to manage your photos and there are many third-party apps that take this management a step forward from what is included with your device.
The Old Fashioned Way
Every Android phone can be connected to your computer for easier access to all the files stored on your device including your pictures. From your computer, you can access the file system where the pictures are stored and create new folders on your device to organize your folders. Many consider this method the old fashioned way of doing things but for users who want total and complete control for their images, this is the best way to do it.
Once your device is connected, you can easily copy your images to your computer’s hard drive as well so you can clear off images if you are starting to run of space on your phone or tablet.
Using the Camera App
In addition to taking pictures, the camera app can also be used to access your photos quickly. After you open the camera app, rotate your device horizontally and tap the icon at the top to access your gallery of photos. In the gallery, you can zoom in and out and scroll through all your pictures to see what pictures you have taken.
The Android Gallery App
While the camera app is a great way to glance at the images you have taken, it doesn’t offer many of the more advanced managing features that you will need to truly take care of your pictures. Included with all versions of Android is a Gallery App that provides you with all the tools you need for managing your images.
Using this app, you can also delete images that you don’t want or need as well as share your images instantly using email, text messaging, Picasa or any social network. If you have taken an image that you want to use as the background on your phone, you can simply tap the button and your photo will become your wallpaper as well.
In addition to the stock Android apps for managing photos, you can take your management to the next level by using a few powerful apps available on the Google Play Store.
Probably one of the most feature-rich photo managers available for Android, Fish Bowl gives you all the necessary tools to completely replace the default Android apps for image management. It allows you to create and organize your galleries and provides unique viewing options for each of your galleries. Sharing is made even easier and even gives you the power to edit your photos by adjusting the size, shape and even compression options for better file size.
QuickPic is one of the best rated photo managers available for Android and is also one of the longest running photo management apps on the Google Play Store. The developer focuses on crystal clear photo viewing so all your images display in the best quality possible. It also includes basic editing tools like Fish Bowl and makes it easy to share your favorites with your friends and family. The interface is clean and easy to use with multiple viewing options for your images and galleries.
MyRoll Gallery, formerly known as Flayvr, offers a unique take on photo management. The app organizes your photos into “flayvrs” based on when and where the images were taken. The interface is very clean and intuitive and the gallery viewing is top notch although it might not provide the organization for your photos that you want. However, each gallery can be renamed and customized to your liking and it is easy to share your images with your friends.
Its important for you take control of your photos and images from the very beginning before you have so many it seems like an almost impossible task. Photo management doesn’t have to be a chore and using the apps that come with your Android device or using these third party apps makes it easier than ever to organize your photos so you never lose an image ever again.