How to back up your photos with Google+

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The device that people use to take a majority of photos is their phone. Even when smartphone cameras weren’t that great it was still better than lugging around a camera. The result of this convenience is people carrying around all of their personal photos everywhere they go. That makes losing them all that much easier. Luckily there are plenty of ways to back-up your photos for safe keeping. A popular method for Android devices is through the Google+ app. We’ll show you how.

When you download the Google+ app from the Google Play Store it also gives you a companion “Photos” app. The icon should look like this:

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If you’re not already signed in with your Google account it will ask you to do that now. When you are signing in for the first time it will ask if you want to automatically back-up your photos. You can enable it right there. If you haven’t already done that, or you want to adjust the settings, follow the steps below.

  1. Tap the Menu button in the top right corner and select Settings.
  2. On the next screen select Auto Backup at the top of the screen.
  3. Now flip the switch in the top right from Off to On.
  4. That’s it!

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5 photo-editing apps to style your photos

Many camera apps out there to showcase the top five purikura-inspired services. You can use them as all-in-all shooting/editing/sharing apps, or simply to touch up photos that are already on your phone.

1. Cymera Android | iOS

Developed by South Korea’s SK Communications, Cymera is a complementary photo app for its Cyworld Service (Korea’s popular social network service). However, you can use the app without the need to log-in.

Cymera has most (if not all) of the functions you want in a camera app and is usually my go-to app, along with Naver Camera. The interface is uncluttered and easy to navigate. With seven camera lenses, photo correction, beauty touch-ups, collage function, handwriting / brushes, text input, decorative stickers – you name it, it has it.

2. Naver Camera Android | iOS

Yet another Korea-developed camera app, Naver Camera offers only 4 camera lenses, lesser than Cymera. However I prefer the collage function in Naver camera as it allows you to choose the collage pattern first and shoot accordingly, in addition to creating the collage with gallery photos.

Originally in the Korean language, the app has been partially localized into English but some functions curiously remain named in Korean. However, everything is intuitive and you should be able to navigate the app without any Korean knowledge.

3. Snapeee Android | iOS

Similar to Instagram, Snapeee is more of a photo sharing service than a photo editing app, but it comes with a better camera and more functions. Snapeee is a fashion app and the theme is apparent in its stickers, which are similar to those you will find in Japan’s fashion purikura machines. Filters and frames are all fashion-themed, which makes it a good app to capture all your #ootd (outfit of the day) shots.

4. Line Camera Android | iOS

For those who are less into decorative stickers but more into fonts, Line Camera offers a wide range of font types. My only complaint is that you have to download them one by one to get the whole collection. Compared to the other apps, Line Camera also has a larger number of frames. Line’s 230 million users will be happy to know that they can use their favorite Line character stamps as decorative stickers in the camera app.

5. Decopic Android | iOS

Purikura fans will delight in having an app that looks and works in similar ways to the photo booths. The app comes with a wide range of templates (pre-decorated frames) that will instantly beautify your photos with a single click.

For those who want to decorate their own photos, the app offers a good collection of filters, frames and stamps that resemble what you get in the photo booths. More decorations are available in Decopic’s shop and you can earn coins to purchase them by downloading free applications from advertising pages.

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